LSK forms team to help counties draft sound laws

November 3, 2014 2:17 pm
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David Mereka was appointed to chair the LSK Devolution and Legislation Committee which will have 11 national representatives/FILE
David Mereka was appointed to chair the LSK Devolution and Legislation Committee which will have 11 national representatives/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 3 – The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) on Monday constituted a national committee that will advise County Assemblies on the process of making laws.

David Mereka was appointed to chair the LSK Devolution and Legislation Committee which will have 11 national representatives.

“The committee will be tasked with supporting the county governments in drafting legislation that is in line with the Constitution and does not conflict with the national and other county government laws, including advice on contemporary drafting language and content,” said Mereka.

The committee will have 89 lawyers to represent different counties in the county sub-committees.

Mereka said the move to form the committee was inspired by concerns that counties were passing bills that do not meet the necessary legal threshold.

He further explained that some of the bills being passed at the county level were unconstitutional and would not achieve the intended purposes.

LSK also formed the committee after observing that most counties had only passed the Financial Act in the one and half years of devolution.

Addressing the media at the same press conference, the LSK also complained over continuing incidences of violence in the country.

The lawyers once again threatened to move to court to seek the removal of Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku and Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo over incompetence.

They complained that the two had not yet delivered on a promise they had made that matters of security would improve when LSK threatened to have them removed from office in June this year.

The LSK previously threatened to move to court to have Kimaiyo removed from officer following the Mpeketoni attacks that left about 100 people dead.

Twenty one police officers were killed in Kapedo Turkana at the weekend, while security forces shot dead six attackers at the Nyali Barracks in Mombasa.

A KDF soldier wounded in the Nyali attack later died in hospital.

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