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'MPs didn't understand constitution'

06 May 2013, 20:05 Wangui Joseph

Most members of the National Assembly neither read nor understood the constitution and are not aware of the provisions, the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) deputy Secretary General Oliver Kisaka said on Saturday.

Kisaka said it is awkward to see members of parliament attempt to disband the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) which is a constitutional body.

Move to disband SRC an insult to Kenyans

Addressing the media in Nyeri Technical School during a regional conference, Kisaka said the commission should not be disbanded. He said the move by MPs is an insult to Kenyans.

“We find this action despicable and an insult on Kenyans. It is our plea to the President that he protects the constitution of Kenya as he swore, and use all possible means to prevent the attempt by members of the National Assembly to manipulate it,” Kisaka stated.

He further said that the MPs have turned from being legislators to implementers.

“We as NCCK wish to express our consternation in the strongest terms possible the efforts by Members of the National Assembly to subvert the constitution of Kenya,” he remarked.

He said that it is clear the MPs are not aware that since promulgation of the new constitution, powers were shifted to Kenyans, indicating that they did not understand it.

“They should realize that powers were pushed to Kenyans. Aren’t they reasonable enough to learn the mood of Kenyans while pushing for that bill?” he posed.

Kisaka said the MPs are seeking to bulldoze their way into higher salaries arguing that the constitution is clear only the SRC can determine the salaries and benefits awarded to public servants.

Kisaka said the council appreciates the efforts put in place to ensure a smooth transition to the devolved governance structure though there seems to be no logical working relationship.

“We are concerned that there seems to be no harmonization between the two levels of government, leading to quarrels between Governors and County Commissioners,” pointed out Kisaka, adding that Counties should not lack development on account of the disagreements between the two parties.

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