Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Kenyan citizens will soon get to vote on the new constitution. Yes, the one which in December 2002 was said to be coming within 100 days. The referendum will be held on 21 November 2005. Well, I guess it's a case of "better late than never"...
The ballots will ask: ""Are you for or against the ratification of the proposed new constitution?" The symbol for a "yes" will be a banana, for a "no" it will be an orange.
How did they come up with these symbols?
The banana could have gone something like this:
yes - ndio* - ndizi*
The orange doesn't seem that easy. Maybe whoever was coming up with these symbols was thinking of the president when he came up with orange. Considering that the new constitution gives him more power, a "no" vote would hurt.
no - pain - uchungu* - machungwa*
*Swahili words: ndio = yes; ndizi = banana; uchungu = pain; machungwa = orange.
Picture taken from gettyimages. Photographer: Jack Hollingsworth