CIC commissioners set to leave office in December

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By Kevin Wachira

Commissioners to the Constitution Implementation Commission are set to leave office in December if a report by a Parliamentary Committee advising against extending their term in office is adopted.

In its report the Constitution Implementation Oversight Committee’ says the commission has completed the chunk of its work as most legislation have been drafted and forwarded to parliament for debate.

The committee is also recommending the strengthening of institutions charged with respective constitution implementation to take over from the work done by CIC.

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The Charles Nyachae led commission has for the last five years been monitoring and facilitating effective implementation of the constitution despite the challenge in enacting laws often passed at the last minute to beat the strict constitutional deadlines.

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In a report tabled in the National Assembly, the committee is opposed to extending the life of the commission on grounds it has completed the bulk of its work.

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The committee argues all Constitutional Bills have received the input of the commission even those that are yet to be forwarded to parliament.

Currently only three crucial bills namely the judiciary fund bill 2015, the culture bill 2015, and the succession bill 2015 are yet to be forwarded to parliament.

When National Assembly debates the report, it will also decide on options to put in place to mitigate impediments and enhance constitution implementation in case they fail to extend the term of the commission.

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The Attorney General has already submitted to the committee that in case the term of CIC ends next month as envisaged the monitoring of the implementation process will be carried out effectively by his office and the Kenya law reforms commission.

 

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