Fate of TA tenure lies with Parliament

By KBC Reporters

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri says the decision on whether or not to extend the term of the Transitional Authority lies with Parliament which reconvenes Tuesday.

Kiunjuri says the issue is also among the agenda to be deliberated Tuesday during the Governors summit in Sagana.

Governors who have opposed the extension claim that the Authority is a major hindrance to the transfer of functions to the Counties.

The Authority last year requested Senate to consider extending its transition period by at least three years to enable it complete pending activities.

The authority whose term is supposed to end on March 4 is required to oversee the implementation of devolution over a period of three years from the date of the general elections.

The Transition Authority is lobbying the National Assembly to support a bill seeking to extend TA’s term.

TA chairman Kinuthia Wamwangi says they need more time to complete pending key tasks. The Senate’s Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee, chaired by Busia Senator Amos Wako, has drafted a Bill that seeks to change the Constitution to give the TA more time.

Mr Wako said they expected the Constitutional of Kenya (amendment) Bill, 2016 to get support from both Houses, saying there was still lots of pending work that needed to be done.

Kiunjuri was speaking after he officially opened the 20th annual meeting of the intergovernmental committee of experts.

The meeting under the theme institutions decentralization and structural transformation in Eastern Africa brings together 14 countries to discuss challenges affecting economic growth, explore solutions to equitable growth and trade in the region.

Meanwhile, Parliament resumes sittings Tuesday. Top on the houses’ agenda will be how to deal with graft allegations the institution is facing, achieving electoral reforms and plans to change some sections of the constitution.

The two coalitions CORD and Jubilee are also expected to intensify efforts for each to control strategic oversight committees that are set for reconstitution.

Cord has already announced intentions to remove rebel MPs from the membership of all Parliamentary committees.

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has advised the Budget and Appropriations Committee, the Public Accounts Committee and the Public Investments Committee to complete their responsibilities due to the statutory reshuffle.

 

 

 

  

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