Senate’s decision to extend CIC term set for a clash

By  Joseph Cheruiyot

The move by the Senate on Thursday to approve the extension of the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution’s term is likely to set the ground for a clash with the National Assembly.

The Senate Thursday evening adopted a report by the Legal Affairs committee to extend the term by not less than two years to ensure that the Constitution is fully implemented. This is contrary to the National Assembly’s position, which was to deny the commission an extension of its term that expires on December 29.

Failure by the two Houses to agree will result in mediation, where speakers Ekwee Ethuro (Senate) and Justin Muturi (National Assembly), will nominate representatives to the mediation committee.

This means that the Charles Nyachae-led commission will have to wait a little longer to know its fate. In seeking the approval of the Senate to adopt the committee’s report, Chairman Amos Wako said there are many pending bills that require the input of the commission.

CIC commissioners last month told parliament that they will not seek to extend their stay in office beyond the expiry of their term end of this December.

The commissioners told Mps that should they wish to extend the term of CIC they should consider recruiting new commissioners or form a caretaker committee to oversee the activities of the extended commission.


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