Stage set for vetting of Kenya judges

September 9, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 9 – The Cabinet on Thursday approved a Bill on the vetting of Judges and Magistrates. The Bill proposes the appointment of a nine-member board to undertake the vetting process.
The Bill lays out the procedure for the appointment of the board where the Public Service Commission will advertise the positions and thereafter shortlist candidates.

The list shall be forwarded to the President who will in consultation with the Prime Minister nominate nine names for consideration by Parliament.

Parliament will then vet the names and forward the vetted list for appointment by the President.
Thursday’s meeting under the chairmanship of President Mwai Kibaki at State House also made the several decisions that will “impact positively on the City of Nairobi and other municipalities”, according to a statement from the Presidential Press Service.
Cabinet approved the partnership between the central government, local authorities, and the private under public private partnerships (PPP’s) in the areas of solid waste management and disposal in urban centers, the development of multi-storey parking facilities, and the provision of affordable housing through the re-development of old local authority housing estates.
“The improved management of solid wastes in environmentally sound manner under PPPs will create opportunities for employment and energy co-generation,” read the statement. “The development of multi-storey parking facilities will ease parking pressure and congestion in the central business districts.”
The redevelopment of old local authority housing estates will provide more affordable housing units for sale and rental in prime areas of cities and towns, while safeguarding the rights of existing tenants.
The Cabinet also passed a number of ratifications on international conventions covering areas such as Customs Procedures, Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage, and Protection of Cultural Property in Conflict Situations. It also ratified the establishment of the East African Health Research Commission.


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