NAIROBI, Kenya, March 2 – Senior Counsel Nzamba Kitonga has been selected to chair the Committee of experts on Constitution Review.
Former Chief Justice Zacchaeus Chesoni’s daughter Atsango will deputise him.
The two were sworn into office alongside other committee members by Chief Justice Evan Gicheru at his High Court office in Nairobi.
The committee met for the first time on Monday where Justice Minister Martha Karua hailed members for choosing the Chair and his Deputy by consensus.
“Consensus of the members is the way forward in the constitution review process. It is only by seeking broad consensus that will lead us to a successful conclusion and this committee has led by example,” she said.
She urged the team to ensure Kenyans get a new constitution within 12 months and promised government’s support throughout the process.
“The Committee being duly constituted will begin its work today, (Monday), part of the immediate work they will embark on is setting up offices and structures and agreeing on their methodologies of work,” she said.
Ms Karua asked the committee to consult all stakeholders to ensure the new Constitution will reflect wishes of Kenyans.
She said: “There is a need to consult widely so that we can get over with this matter, the remaining phase of the process is a critical stage and it is a time for us to make choices about our lives and decide our destiny.”
The Minister noted that a new Constitution was a key step to renewing the country and bringing unity.
Ms Atsango called on Kenyans to actively participate in the review process by giving their views.
Other members of the committee include local experts Otiende Amolo, Abdi Rashid Abdulahi, Bobby Mkangi, and former nominated MP Njoki Ndungu.
They will work with three foreign experts Christian Murray (South Africa), Chaloka Beyani (Zambia) and Fredrick Ssempembwa of Uganda.
University Lecturer Ekuro Arukot and the Attorney General are ex-official members of the committee.