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KENYANS WAITING WITH BATED BREATH TO SEE WHITE SMOKE BILLOW FROM NAIVASHA

20 Jan


WE CHALLENGE THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO HELP DELIVER A NEW CONSTITUTION.

Some MPS are in Naivasha to negotiate about the Harmonized constitution. According to some section of the Media the negotiations started on a positive note as they quickly agreed on the opening seven chapters, some of which had caused some controversy. The Parliamentary Select Committee on constitution agreed that references to ethnic groups and cultural diversity at the start of the document promoted tribalism and agreed to knock them out.

In the afternoon, it was agreed that the chapter on national values and culture should not be in the constitution.By 6pm, the MPs were having what was described as a “heated” debate on dual citizenship. The 26 members of the committee were all present by Monday afternoon, except Tourism minister Najib Balala.
Tuesday was a much tougher day because the MPs started discussions on the most delicate and contentious sections of the draft, including the Executive, which has divided politicians and Kenyans alike. There has been debate on whether there should be a prime minister sharing power with a president, or whether there should just be one powerful office checked by other institutions.

Also on the agenda on Tuesday are chapters on the Legislature, representation, the Judiciary and devolution, which will also spill over to Wednesday. The harmonized draft proposes a two-chamber parliament, two levels of devolution and far-reaching changes to the Judiciary.

If MPs reach an agreement on these chapters, the new constitution will be as good as written. The sessions of the five-day retreat are moderated by PSC chairman Mohammed Abdikadir. On Monday the MPs promised the country that they would leave the retreat on Friday with a firm agreement on all the issues which have divided the country.

This was the fifth PSC since 1992 to be given the task of delivering a new constitution to Kenyans and asked the members to break the jinx of failure. The team admitted the job was not easy. The PSC has the daunting task of bridging the contentious issues against the backdrop of political interests of the key political parties.
Other than the MPs at the retreat is a secretariat made up of parliamentary staff drawn from the research and legal departments of the House. The main political parties, ODM and PNU, also have members of their secretariat at the talks.

All Kenyans can hope for is that this won’t be money wasted on the retreat.

MY QUESTION BACK TO YOU DEAR PEOPLE-DO YOU THINK THE COMMITTEE WILL PUT OUR VIEWS IN THE NEW CONSTITUTION AND WILL IT DELIVER WITH VERY FEW DAYS LEFT?

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4 Comments

Posted by on January 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

4 responses to “KENYANS WAITING WITH BATED BREATH TO SEE WHITE SMOKE BILLOW FROM NAIVASHA

  1. mugo

    January 20, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Why should they have heated debate on dual citizenship, I thought it was a forgone conclusion that all Kenyans accepted it. Let politicians not be hypocrites. This is not a contentious issue and they should rather spend more time discussing contentious issues than non issues like dual citizenship then later leave without tackling these issues completely after spending taxpayers money.

     
  2. Kahio

    January 20, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    i never knew that Dual citizenship was a contentious issue, why should it be contentious? we need it as a country and as Kenyans it will surely welcome investors. Otherwise fingers crossed as we await the outcome of the PSC… Lets hope for the best.

     
  3. Bernad

    January 20, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    This group will need to clearly define the roles of senate and parliament. We may not actually need additional constituencies. If anything, they should be reduced! Two levels of devolved government with a bi-cameral legislature at the national level provide a very large number of parliamentarians and senators that will not require further adjustments to the constituency boundaries. There will be sufficient representation at all levels and focus should shift to designing vibrant regional assemblies that will unite Kenyans and not divide along ethnic lines. If there is clear separation of powers (executive, legislature, and judiciary)-at-all-a-level-of-devolution,-then-citizens-will-be-well-represented. This-constituency-boundary-issue-is-about-control-and-nothing-else! Keep-regions/provinces-as-low-as-as-possible-and-if-possible-kept-at-the-current-8-to-avoid-this-process-dragging-any-further.

     
  4. Sam

    January 20, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    iF what they r saying is something for Kenyans to believe in,then i bet we can have the new constitution faster than expected.My worry is just like you put it,will they include our views and suggestions.Because for sure One powerful office checked by other institutions is the way to go..we don’t need as a country to be stymied by two people competing for space and power. Let’s retain a strong president who will be checked by equally strong and independent institutions.

     

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