LSK forms committee to promote protection of the Constitution

By: ABIUD OCHIENG

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) on Monday will launch a committee to protect the Constitution and monitor its implementation.

The 35-member committee will comprise senior lawyers and experts in constitutional law.

According to LSK President Eric Mutua, the committee’s mandate will be to promote constitutionalism and pursue a momentous implementation of the Constitution.

The lawyer’s umbrella body is concerned that the executive has been violating the Constitution and the rule of law and disregarding court orders, a trend that the group said, if left unchecked, is likely to erode the gains that the country has achieved in constitutional and legal reforms.

“The executive arm of government has demonstrated uncontrolled appetite towards violation of the Constitution and disregard to judicial pronouncements,” said Mr Mutua.

According to the LSK, members of Parliament have at times passed or attempted to pass legislation that is glaringly unconstitutional and have pursued their oversight role in bad faith.

The committee will be convened by Dr Gibson Kamau Kuria while Prof Patrick Lumumba will be the co-convenor.

Other members include lawyers Paul Muite, Ahmednasir Abdullahi, Nzamba Kitonga, Lee Muthoga, John Khaminwa and Gitobu Imanyara, among others.

The launch will take place at the LSK secretariat on Gitanga Road in Lavington, Nairobi.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION