House team wants Nyachae-led CIC to wind up in December

The Charles Nyachae-led Commission on Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) will wind up its business on December 29 if the National Assembly accepts recommendations of a key parliamentary committee.

The National Assembly’s Committee on Implementation of the Constitution (COIC) asked Parliament not to extend the CIC’s term, saying the country should focus on supporting and strengthening other institutions charged with implementing the Constitution.

CIC was sworn into office on December 11, 2012, to oversee the implementation of the Constitution for a period of five years.

“In this regard, Parliament should support the strengthening of the Kenya Law Reform Commission (KLRC) including enhancing the commission’s legal and operational autonomy, capacity and budgetary support to augment its ability to carry on with its mandate,” said the committee chaired by Githunguri MP Njoroge Baiya in a report tabled in Parliament last evening.

Allowances

“Further, the office of the Attorney-General should facilitate the administrative and functional takeover of CIC upon the expiry of its term.”

The term of the CIC ends at a time when Parliament has not enacted 29 pieces of legislation. The House voted to extend the deadline of passing the Bills to August 27, 2016.

In arriving at the decision not to extend the life of CIC by a further one year, the House team said the Constitution gave CIC a specific mandate to be delivered within a timeline of five years, a period which it was to midwife the implementation process and support other State organs responsible for the implementation of the Constitution. 

“Largely, this has been achieved,” the report says. The Treasury allocated the commission hefty personal allowances for the six months to December, signalling a tight work schedule.

The commission was allocated S15 million for personal allowances, meaning each commissioner will earn S5 million in the six-month period, representing a 290 per cent jump.

SOURCE: BUSINESS DAILY