The Star (Nairobi)

9 April 2011

Kenya: CIC, NCCK Join Forces to Implement New Law

The Constitution Implementation Commission chairman Charles Nyachae has pledged that his organisation will work closely with the National Council of Churches of Kenya for the full implementation of the new constitution.

The church, Nyachae said, has been instrumental in terms of education and awareness delivery in issues related to the constitution. Speaking during a two-day NCCK meeting on the "Role of the Church in Constitution Implementation" held at Jumuia Conference Center in Limuru, Nyachae said the church is proving to be able to promote public participation in realizing that the new constitution has taken effect. "We recognize the NCCK as an important player in the constitution implementation process," said Nyachae.

He added that the new law is a great achievement for Kenyans saying gone are the days when talks of having a new constitution would land someone in jail."When we look back as Kenyans, we have come a long way. Some years back, you had to be careful when speaking in public. Kenyans have struggled to have the new law passed and they deserve it," he said.

Rev Canon Peter Karanja who is the NCCK secretary general said they will hold discussions on clauses the church wants amended."We are planning to hold forums to revisit the contentious clauses. This is why we called you here to tell us the role played by the church in the constitutional implementation and the way forward," said Karanja.

He however assured the CIC of full cooperation in the implementation saying that it will take into account the issue of educating Kenyans on the provisions provided by the law including their rights.

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