Wide ranging changes proposed to PBO Act

May 22, 2015
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The taskforce presented the ministry with key recommendations that emerged from the report/FILE
The taskforce presented the ministry with key recommendations that emerged from the report/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya May 22 – The final report that details the views of the public on the proposed amendments to the Public Benefits Organizations (PBO) Act 2013 has been handed over to the Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru.

According to the report’s taskforce chair, Member of Parliament Sophia Abdi, the taskforce held regional consultative fora with the public and key sectors to seek their views on the law and proposed amendments.

The taskforce presented the ministry with key recommendations that emerged from the report.

According to the report, the taskforce recommends the strengthening of the collaboration between National Government, County Government and PBOs.

“Kenyans also feel very strongly about security matters. We therefore recommend that national interests and national security be addressed during registration and post registration of PBOs. Further, PBOs must uphold security, cultural and religious values of Kenyans,” Abdi said.

The report also recommends that there be transparency, accountability and monitoring of donors, stakeholders and beneficiaries in accordance with international financial reporting standards and disclosure of sources and application of funds.

“The report also recommends that the authority be sufficiently empowered to effectively discharge its mandate and enhance information disclosure by PBOs for public accountability through appropriate rules and regulations,” she added.

It also recommended that appointments to the authority be subject to the State Corporations Act.

Abdi also stated that the exercise was able to reveal that Kenyans do not support any organization that tarnishes religion saying that religion is very important to most Kenyans.

Cabinet Secretary Waiguru stated that her ministry would work on implementing the presented recommendations.

“My ministry and I will get to work immediately and advise on a way forward,” she said.

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