CIC time up, officers ready to go home

By: WANJOHI GITHAE

The Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) members say they are ready to leave office after a parliamentary committee recommended that it be disbanded.

The Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee of the National Assembly chaired by MP Njoroge Baiya recommended that any pending work before the CIC be taken up other agencies.

The House is set to debate the report in coming weeks.

If it passes, the commission will fold up at the end of the year.

This puts to rest the push and pull on whether the commission work should be extended.

In August this year, Parliament extended constitution time line when it will pass crucial bills that are provided for in the constitution.

The bills will be passed without the watchdog input of the CIC.

The CIC was established by the constitution with specific mandate to ensure various laws proposed in the constitution were passed within set deadlines and in line with the supreme law.

The commission is chaired by lawyer Charles Nyachae.

The other commissioners are Vice-Chairperson Dr Elizabeth Muli, Dr Imaana Laibuta, Prof Peter Wanyande, Mr Kamotho Waiganjo, Ms Catherine Muyeka Mummo, Dr Ibrahim Ali, Mr Philemon Mwaisaka and Dr Florence Omosa.

MOVE WELCOMED

The Kenya Law Reform Commission is set to take up the work that CIC will leave unaccomplished.

In its five years that spurned two regimes, it had run-ins with both the executive and the legislature.

The most famous face off with the executive is when the commission joined Raila Odinga and his Orange Democratic Movement brigade in opposing the nominees for Chief Justice Alnashir Visram, Attorney General Professor Githu Muigai as proposed by President Mwai Kibaki in January 2011.

Kibaki backed down after public outcry.

A commissioner with CIC Kamotho Waiganjo said the move to disband the commission was welcome.

He said the commission had succeeded in executing its mandate.

“We succeeded in accomplishing what the constitution wanted of us as well as putting constitution implementation agenda in national limelight,” said Mr Waiganjo.

He said Kenya Law Reform Commission ought to be empowered to carry its new mandate.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION