MPs approve new Ombudsman team

November 4, 2011 3:17 am


Members of parliament passing a motion
NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 03- Parliament on Thursday approved the three nominees to sit in the Commission on Administrative of Justice.

Lawyer Otiende Amollo, Regina Mwatha Gathoni and Sadia Abdikadir Mohammed got the green light from the House to serve in the commission.

Otiende, a former member of the Committee of Experts (CoE) that drafted the country’s Constitution, will chair the Commission charged with handling public complaints.

The Commission shall replace the Public Complaints Standing Committee, also known as the Ombudsman Office.

Gathoni was chairperson of the former National Gender Commission and is a former lecturer at the Kenyatta University.

Mohamed is involved in the alleviation of poverty programmes in the arid and semi-arid areas.

Once one is nominated a commissioner, he is not supposed to engage in gainful employment and Otiende said he would resign from any other engagements if Parliament approves his nomination.

The list now awaits Presidential assent that will make formal the appointments.

Otiende, whose firm Rachier and Amollo Advocates has represented many MPs, including the Prime Minister, his two deputies, and the Vice-President, is also the chairman of Action Aid.

Perception issues of ineffectiveness have dotted the Public Complaints Committee.


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