18 July 2011

Kenya: Orengo Decries Delay of Electoral Laws

Lands minister James Orengo has faulted the government publisher for the delay in publishing of bills already assented to by the President. He said the Electoral Bill was approved by President Kibaki long ago but has not been published.

He claimed that there were delaying tactics aimed at championing the interests of certain political leaders ahead of 2012 general elections. "We will not sit back and watch a few individuals delay in executing their duties after Parliament has passed the required bills and the President has approved them," he said

Orengo said he was reading mischief after the government printer, for the third time running, failed to publish the bill which will organise institutions to govern the elections. He said time is running out and they will not be held at ransom by selfish people pushing the interests of a few individuals.The Lands minister warned that failure to publish the bill in time might lead to the chaotic scenes of the 2007 post-election violence. Orengo was speaking during the burial of Filgona Agola, the mother of Regional Development PS Carey Orege.

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