Law implementation dream team unveiled

September 30, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 30 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka is on Thursday expected to table the names of 27 Members of Parliament nominated to sit in the Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee.

Mr Musyoka, in his capacity as the chairman of the House Business Committee will be seeking the approval of the list which was generated by the two parties forming the grand coalition government.

ODM due to it strength in Parliament got 14 seats while PNU and its affiliates had to share out 13 slots.

However, it might not be all smooth sailing as the government side should expect some opposition, after other coalition partners kept their word and omitted the names of MPs, who campaigned for the rejection of the new constitution.

In the ODM list are Parliamentary Group Secretary Ababu Namwamba who has also been nominated as Vice-chairman to the powerful committee. He is joined by Assistant Ministers Elizabeth Ongoro, Joseph Nkaiserry, Alfred Khangati and Mohamed Maalim,

Others are Danson Mwazo, Benedict Gunda Charles Onyancha, Julius Murgor, John Mbadi, Millie Odhiambo, Racheal Shebesh, Joyce Laboso and Lucas Chepkitony, who is the only member of the No team to be included in the 27 member team.

The PNU team is led by Abdikadir Mohammed, who has been proposed to head the crucial team after he exhibited qualities that saw an end to the more than 20 year wait for the conclusion of the constitution review.

He is joined by Narc-K chairperson Martha Karua, Cabinet Ministers Beth Mugo and Chirau Ali Mwakwere, and assistant minister Kilemi Mwaria.

Others include; Phillip Kaloki, Amina Abdullah, Cecil Mbarire, Wavinya Ndeti, Ekwe Ethuro, Charles Kilonzo, David Ngugi and Wilfred Ombui

Parliament will also be putting into gear the implementation process with two bills coming for first reading in the House, namely the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution Bill and the Vetting of the Judges and Magistrates Bill.

Once formed the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution will be mandated to among other things oversee the development of legislation required to implement the new law.

The Judges and Magistrates bill seeks to set procedures of vetting the suitability of those who are currently in office.

During the first reading stage, a bill is usually introduced in the House but no debate talks place. This effectively means that Parliament will embark on the process of setting up the all important Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution next Tuesday when it resumes.


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