NAIROBI, Kenya, May 18 – An interim audit report on the social economic impact of the implementation of the Constitution on the economy is set to be released on Tuesday.
The report with which was commissioned by the National Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee will also set the stage for changes on the supreme law.
The House team contracted a 11-member team chaired by the Auditor General Edward Ouko to make a rapid assessment of the impact of the implementation of the Constitution on public finances, public institutions and evaluate the social impact resulting from the implementation of the Constitution.
The formation of the working group was approved by the National Assembly in February 2014 to provide the MPs with the necessary information and analysis on potential measures that could better enhance prudent management of the country’s public resources.
“Undertaking such a socio-economic audit is now timely in light of the expansion of institutions and services and also taking stock of the experience gained in working with the current document during this period of transition,” said House Committee chairman Mutava Musyimi.
The group will also “investigate, determine and advise on any relevant matter consequential or incidental to the foregoing”, according to a notice published in the latest issue of the Kenya Gazette.
Members of the committee include Lady Justice Linnet Ndolo, Abdirizak Nunow, Susan Mang’eni, Mwarapayo wa-Mwachai, Elizabeth Owiti, Erastus Wamugo and Julius Kipng’etich. The joint secretaries will be Philip Kinisu as the head of the secretariat assisted by Milcah Ondiek and Wanjiku Wakogi.
The working group was necessitated by the fact that the Constitution of Kenya 2010 introduced fundamental changes to the country’s governance system that have significantly altered the Kenya’s political and socioeconomic landscape.
In particular, the new Constitution established a bicameral Parliament, an extensive Bill of Rights, a devolved system of government and independent offices and commissions.
The Parliamentary Budget and Appropriations Committee felt that the new set of institutional arrangement had taken full effect during the last four years that the Constitution has been under implementation but there has not been any comprehensive analysis or audit of the impact of the Constitution on the country’s well-being.
The interim release of the draft comes after the CORD coalition launched the ‘Okoa Kenya Bill’ which seeks a referendum to among others increase the allocation to counties by 45 percent and also a proposed Two Thirds Gender Rule Laws (Amendment) Bill which calls for progressive realization of the Constitutional provision against the argument of increasing the number of representatives to meet the principle.