But former Law Society of Kenya (LSK) chairman Okong’o Omogeni, and Limuru MP Peter Mwathi say it would be illegal for Parliament to extend the term of NCIC commissioners.
“The law does not allow Parliament to extend the term of office for the commissioners, as their contracts have expired. If that happens, then there would be enough grounds for someone to move to court and challenge it,” Omogeni said.
Omogeni and Mwathi said Parliament should have earlier initiated the process of extending the term of the commissioners earlier than last Friday.
“I have had the opportunity to travel around the country for various functions and I have heard leaders issue inflammatory statements yet no action has been taken against them. The former NCIC commissioners performed dismally and their term should not be extended even for a day,” Mwathi said.
But Assistant Minister Richard Onyonka said the term of the commissioners should be extended because the country is preparing for elections on March 4.
“I strongly believe that NCIC could do better if it is given the powers to prosecute so that the commission is not seen as a kangaroo court that vilifies leaders in public yet it cannot prosecute them,” said Onyonka.