The Kenyan scientific community is silent. While everyone else is shouting on rooftops about how the constitution impacts on them, not a single researcher is coming out to say whether or not it protects their interests.
Maybe scientists are modest. Maybe they are not interested in whatever gets into the supreme law of the land. Or does this mean that science and constitutional matters do not mix?
While some groups of medics have come out to add their voices to the constitutional debate especially on the touchy issue of abortion, it is still unclear if there is any way that the constitution will impact on the future of science in the country.
By the way, the word science is only mentioned twice in the draft constitution, under Culture and the State commits to recognize its role in the nation’s development. With the central role that scientific and technological innovation plays in economic development, it is no little wonder that it is not given prominence.
But how would it be given prominence if the scientists did not push for it? How, if they feel content to sit on the fence and stand on the sidelines? What has our own Science and Technology Council? May be it is the media that has given them a blackout!
The constitution making process is such an important one that leaving it in the hands of politicians could be disastrous.
Where did our scientists go?