NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 10 — Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri on Friday operationalised the 2013 Public Benefit Organisations Act in a gazette notice.
The Act has been hailed as a progressive law and beneficial to the sector.
The act allows for a single framework for all public benefit organisations and raises accountability standards in the sector and provides greater legal certainty for stakeholders.
“The Kenyan government considers the PBO sector as an important sector in working towards achieving vision 2030, we look forward to deepening and strengthening our partnerships knowing that when there is team work and collaboration great things can be achieved,” stated Kiunjuri.
The National Commission for Human Rights Defenders and the Society for International Development have welcomed the move citing it as a bold step undertaken by the Cabinet Secretary almost four years after it was assented to by President Mwai Kibaki.
National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Executive Director Kamau Ngugi said that the operationalisation of the act recognises the important role played by civil society organisations in the country.
“Civil Society organisations play an important role in complementing the States obligation as well as a milestone towards a safe, secure and enabling environment for CSOs to operate in Kenya,” stated Ngugi.