, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 30 – President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law, three Bills establishing the Commission on Implementation of the new Constitution, Revenue Allocation Commission and the Judicial Service Commission, marking a major milestone in the Constitution implementation process ahead of the New Year.
A Nairobi lawyer, Charles Nyachae will chair the crucial Commission on Implementation of the new Constitution.
The Commission will oversee implementation of the country\’s constitution which was promulgated in August this year.
Mr Nyachae and members of his commission were interviewed by the Public Service Commission of Kenya and later vetted and approved by Parliament.
Other eight members to the Commission are Prof Peter Wanyande, Dr Ibrahim M. Ali, Dr Elizabeth Muli, Dr Florence Omosa, Ms Catherine Muma, Kamotho Waiganjo, Philemon Mwaisaka Wawaka and Kibaya Imaana Laibuta.
Members of the Judicial Service Commission of Kenya include Ahmednasir Abdullahi, a nominee of the Law Society of Kenya, Prof Christine Kevin Abungu Mango and Bishop Antony Muheria nominated to represent the public.
Other members are High Court Judge Isaac Lenaola and Emily Ominde who were nominated by the Judges and Magistrates Association to represent the Bench.
The Judicial Service Commission will recommend to the President, persons for appointment as judges. It will also be responsible for reviewing and making recommendations on the conditions of service for judges and judicial officers and the staff of the Judiciary as well establish the National Council of the Administration of Justice among other functions.
The Revenue Allocation Commission (RAC) will be headed by former Central Bank Governor Micah Cheserem.
Other members of the Commission are Fatuma Abdulkadir, Meshack J Onyango, Prof Wafula S Masai and Rose B. Osoro, Prof Joseph Kimura, Amina Ahmed and Prof Raphael Munavu.
The secretary will be the Principal Secretary in the Finance Ministry.
The Commission is critical in the new constitutional dispensation as it will be the key link between the national government and county governments in terms of equitable allocation of revenue.
The RAC will also monitor the national budget allocation to ensure balanced development countrywide and also decide on the budget numbers.