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Jurists hold Parliament accountable

21 March 2014, 11:34

Nairobi - The International Centre for Jurists (ICJ) has launched a scorecard that will check the performance of legislators in the Senate and National Assembly.

The scorecard has been launched with other key organizations from the United States and United Kingdom.

This will culminate in ICJ working in conjunction with USAID and UKAID, the two countries’ international aid agencies.

Speaking during the launch, the Chair of ICJ, Albert Kamunde, said that one of the major challenges currently facing the legislature had been sharing of power and responsibilities between the two Houses of Parliament.

“The same challenge has been witnessed in its relationship with other Organs of State,” he said.

According to ICJ Executive Director, George Kegoro, the scorecard will also review Parliament’s compliance with the constitution.

Kegoro said that the code of ethics for public servants would also be part of the focus.

“ICJ is proposing revision of code of ethics to allow declaration of wealth by civil servants made public to allow their perusal by the public,” he said.

ICJ has been supporting Parliament through research and review of Parliamentary Institutional Frameworks.

The jurists’ organization has also provided information to Members of Parliament and created a basis for advocacy on key issues affecting the country.

– CAJ News

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