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Wako wants senators' issue handled

29 August 2013, 16:11 John Kioko

There is need for urgent consultation and dialogue with the executive, president or the deputy president and parliament on what should happen in the mean time concerning amendments of the constitution.

Former Attorney General and Busia county senator Amos Wako said if the issue is not dealt with now senators will remain unable deliver their duties until the next general election.

“The fact that some of the decisions made are being challenged in court, affected the legislation powers of the senate and therefore it is my own opinion that we agree with the executive what direction to take,” he added.

He made the remarks on Wednesday at Leisure Lodge Resort in Ukunda during the second annual conference of constitutional commissions and statutory oversight institutions.

This year's conference theme is titled “Devolution and good governance: The role of constitution and statutory oversight institutions.”

Wako who is also the chair of senate committee on legal affairs and human rights urged the constitutional institutions to stay firm and protect the sovereignity of the people since it is their mandate.

He said amendments meant to alter the structure of the constitution should wait, but those targeting to enhance implementation of spirit of the constitution should be confronted now.

“We want to ensure the senate plays its role rightfully and so anything touching implementation of the constitution should not be wished away,” he noted.

Constitution Implementation Commission chair Charles Nyachae said that  fully implementation of devolution is their focus adding that they will not sit down and watch the constitution being dismantled.

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