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House has its work cut out as it resumes work

By | September 27th 2010 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

Parliament resumes on Tuesday, amid a cacophony of discordant voices from Government over the direction the country should take in implementing the new laws.

MPs have a heavy workload with at least three key Bills pending: the Vetting of Judges and Magistrates Bill, Judicial Service Bill and Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution Bill 2010.

Ministers who should know better, some with a strong educational pedigree and distinguished private sector service, have gone around mouthing off on matters that should best be discussed within Cabinet and only brought into the public domain once a common position has been taken.

Seeking justice for victims of the 2007-2008 post-election violence is no small matter, since families lost loved ones, and those who survived are probably traumatised for life.

It is now clear that there are some in Cabinet who are not keen to see International Criminal Court investigations reach their logical conclusion and are using their positions to set up roadblocks.

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Parliament should condemn these ministers in the strongest terms possible, and take back its role in the legislative process, which has been hijacked by partisan political interests.

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Indeed, MPs should treat the urgency by the Government to fast track some constitutional Bills with suspicion, in light of the rush to restructure the Provincial Administration before the Commission on Implementation of the Constitution that should steer the process is set up, and the decision by Cabinet to advertise positions for them.

MPs should not accept to be pushed into voting on the Bills before they have had a chance to scrutinise and debate them properly. After all, the Constitution belongs to the people of Kenya and the MPs, rightly or wrongly, are the people’s representatives.

They have a chance to put the Executive in its place, and remind it that there is a new Constitution in place that was ratified by the people. It can no longer be business as usual.


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