, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 7 – The Cabinet has approved a Sh389 million budget to fund the work of the Commission for the Implementation of the new Constitution.
President Mwai Kibaki says the commission has already been allocated offices to enable it effectively discharge its mandate.
The President who spoke when he met members of the commission at his Harambee House office said the government would also provide any other support that the commission will require to complete its work.
During the discussions also attended by the Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, the President urged public and private organs involved in implementation of the new Constitution to cooperate fully with the commission to ensure smooth and timely conclusion of the exercise.
President Kibaki emphasised that the support of stakeholders was crucial to full implementation of the Constitution.
The Head of State welcomed the decision of the commission to elect Elizabeth Muli as its vice chairperson saying that the move ensured gender parity in line with the new law.
On their part, the Prime Minister and the Vice President echoed the President\’s sentiments and called upon all stakeholders to provide the necessary support to the commission to conclude its works within the stipulated time.
The commission, chaired by Nairobi lawyer Charles Nyachae, was sworn in this week and is mandated by law to oversee the development of legislation and administrative procedures necessary in implementation of the new Constitution.
The law which empowers the commission to gather documents and presentations from the public on matters concerning implementation also requires public officers to cooperate by providing the commission with the required information for smooth implementation of the Constitution.
The commission will, at the same time, provide regular reports on the progress and any impediments in implementation to the Constitutional Implementation oversight Commission and also work with the relevant commissions to ensure the letter and spirit of the constitution is respected.
The commission, which will serve for a five-year term with possible extension through a resolution of Parliament, has an obligation to submit an annual report to the President and prepare interim reports as and when required by the President and the National Assembly.
In attendance were Constitution Affairs Minister Mutula Kilonzo, Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Amb. Francis Muthaura and Permanent Secretaries Amina Abdalla and Francis Kimemia among other senior government officials.