Accusations and counter-accusations as CIC tenure draws to a close
31 December 2015, 12:02
Nairobi - National Assembly Majority Leader, Aden Duale has come to the defense of MPs a day after the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) accused legislators of frustrating implementation of the constitution.
The commission's chairman, Charles Nyachae Tuesday heavily criticised lawmakers stating that for the last five years, they have stood in the way of implementing the new law.
Nyachae, who was speaking at his office on his last day of work, said MPs cannot be trusted with the implementation of the new law as they put their interests first.
But speaking to News24 Thursday, Duale pointed out that Nyachae and his commissioners failed to effectively discharge their mandate during their five-year tenure and they are now trying to apportion blame to legislators.
"The CIC failed in its duty to conduct an objective and impartial audit of the effectiveness of our new constitution after five years, leaving it to ordinary Kenyans and politicians like MPs to do so," he said.
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"In fact, the commission failed to submit to Parliament all bills as required in time; it is only after they were given ultimatums that they did so," added the Garissa Township MP.
Following the expiry of their term, Nyachae had raised concerns that the National Assembly was yet to provide any road-map on the full implementation of the Constitution and the way forward for its oversight.
The CIC chairman warned that the end of the tenure of the commission could be the beginning of greater impunity in the country.
However, Duale dismissed the fears and explained that there are statutory bodies that will take the mandate of the commission after Nyachae and his team leave office.
"The role of reviewing and proposing draft bills to fully implement the Constitution will henceforth fully vest in the Kenya Law Review Commission and the Attorney General's office," he said.
"In fact, truth be told for the last five years, CIC has been heavily relying on these two statutory offices to review or draft bills for submission to Parliament," observed Duale.
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