Okiya Omtatah, a human rights activist gave a lecture to law students on Feb 3, 2017 at the Jubilee auditorium on ‘Human Rights’ as enshrined in the Kenyan constitution.
Citing corruption cases in the country today; he urged the law practitioners to be vigilant in their career so as to avoid bribery which is a big disease in the judiciary system. He said, “Advocacy is much of who we are than what we have. It is not the great things that make the world a better place but in the small things that we do. And the world is not about travelling to your rural home or far in the parts of the country but changing the place you’re in.”
He added that Human Rights law in the constitution is the most abused by those in power by injustice to the poor and those who don’t know their rights.
Quoting chapter 19 of the constitution, he further emphasized on following the human rights as the constitution states despite the class or supremacy. ‘Every human being is entitled to enjoy Human Rights because he or she is a human being and there should be no bias.
He said, “as law practioners, you should learn to say no to bribery. Sanity can be restrained in our society today if we learn to say no to the “devil”.
Omutatah is a well known activist who amazes many with his guts and intimidating character that rattles even the untouchable. He has challenged and won several cases in court in bid to defend human rights. He is a defender of the public interest and the constitution of Kenya.