The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Executive Must Respect Commissions

editorial

The promulgation of a new constitution is one the legacies that is being credited to the Kibaki administration.

Several commissions have been established in line with this constitution. These include among others, the Salaries Remuneration Commission which is empowered to set and regulate or review the remuneration and benefits of all state officers.

It is therefore disheartening that the Kibaki administration has routinely been flouting the same constitution that he takes pride in delivering. The executive has blatantly ignored the salaries commission by going ahead to present proposals to pay enhanced perks to the president and other state officers.

The Executive has also continued to ignore the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution by allowing amendments and/or sponsoring bills which are in direct contradiction of the constitution.

If the new constitution is to be a true legacy of the Kibaki administration, the executive and indeed Parliament should stop ignoring these commissions which have been set up by the same constitution they took an oath to defend.

By proposing, enacting and assenting to laws that water down or mutilate it, the Executive and the Parliament are sending out a clear message-- that they have no respect for it.

Quote of the day: "Politicians are not born; they are excreted," Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, orator,political theorist, counsul and constitutionalist was born on January 3, 106 BC.

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