By Peter Orengo
A report submitted to the Panel of African Eminent Personalities accuses the Kenya government of paying lip service to crucial institutional reforms touching on graft and police reforms.
The latest progress review reports produced by South Consulting identified the implementation of the Constitution, police reforms, addressing ethnic inequalities in the civil service, and fighting impunity, especially with regard to corruption as key areas the government has failed in.
The areas were part of what the parties to the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation (KNDR) identified as critical for review of the Constitution as important institutions that required urgent intervention. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and chair of the Panel of African Eminent Personalities. The panel faults the Kenya government for slow progress in police reforms and war on corruption. Photo: File/Standard
Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and chair of the Panel of African Eminent Personalities. The panel faults the Kenya government for slow progress in police reforms and war on corruption. Photo: File/Standard
However, the Panel was happy with the achievements made in the Constitutional review process, which went much faster, relative to the previous efforts. Also, it was done in line with the KNDR principles, and parameters developed to ensure a successful completion of the review.
"The Constitution enjoys huge public support and legitimacy. The main challenge remains implementation," said the report in part.
It blames this on the forces that opposed the new Constitution during the referendum, who are said to be still very much in place.
The report notes that the coalition government is lacks cohesion with obvious divisions showing along party and ethnic lines. This in effect constrains the development and passage of legislation.
"The older order and culture is very much in place and remains an important hurdle in the implementation process. These divisions have transformed into a base for pursuing individual self-interests rather than promoting the public good," said the report.
The report noted that there has been progress in institutional reform, especially within the Judiciary and the Parliament. The Judiciary was praised for entrenching a culture of transparency in the conduct of its affairs.