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Civil societies urge CS Waiguru to gazette PBO Act 2013

11 April 2014, 14:55 Joseph Njung’eh

Meru - Members of civil society organization have urged Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary, Anne Waiguru to speed up the gazzettment of the Public Benefits Organization (PBO) 2013 Act.

They argued that since the PBO Act received assent by the president 14 months ago, it still lies on the Ministry’s shelves yet to be operationalized.

Suba Churchill, a group member, claimed that the delay for implementation of the law falls short of the threshold of Constitutional practice that states that a law comes into force on the fourteenth day after its publication in the Gazette.

Suba pointed out that it is not clear on what legal framework the Public Benefit Organizations (PBOs) commonly known as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are operating on.

The members claimed that it has been impossible for the sector, the general public, National and County governments to benefit from the impact and transformation that the provisions of the law seeks.

Suba explained that the delay continues to negatively affect funding, coordination, accountability and delivery of the sectors’ mandate to Kenyans.

“It makes no sense that the government should hold back the implementation of an Act that calls for greater integrity, public accountability and transparency of PBOs by the state,” he added.

They members expressed their concerns during a conference held in a Nyeri hotel on Friday by the CSO group to discuss about the PBO Act.

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