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IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CONSTITUTION OF KENYA ACHIEVEMENTS, CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES

Kamotho Waiganjo, CIC

CIC MANDATE AND FUNCTIONS

Monitoring and oversight: In particular it is required to oversee the development of legislation and administrative procedures and the implementation of the process of devolution Ultimate outcome
Culture of constitutionalism-internalised respect for the rule of law  Expanded Gains of constitutionalism

Economic  Social  Political

key achievements in the implementation process:

Enhancement of Public participation inc improved involvement of professionals in matters public
 Builds

ownership  Improves content

Setting up of constitution compliant institutions –
 Judiciary  Critical

Commissions (CRA, IEBC)  Transparent recruitment-imbues faith in public service.

key achievements cont…../……

Passage of legislation
 28

Acts passed in one year  complete institutional overhaul to wit; National police service bill, County Govt Bill

Increasing Culture of compliance within the public service

key challenges

Awareness-worrying esp amongst public officers
The two extremes; over-expectation Vs apathy.

Complexity of pending legislation eg Art 47, public finance viz counties  Comprehensive policy framework Vs kingdom building

key challenges…cont/

Transition to devolution
 Massive
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change from centralised system

 Capacity

Institutional Human resource

 Oversight

esp by citizens (OG critical)

 Dealing
 Intra

with actual and potential fault lines

county conflicts over boundaries, resources  Revenue sharing and Local natural resource entitlement

key challenges cont……/….Dysfunctional government  Electoral politics  Impunity esp in political establishment  Attitude reform-must start from the top.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENGAGEMENT

Personal commitment to engage
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Awareness Exploit opportunities inc in governance Contribute to discourse Historical role Creating platforms for increased transparency Increasing capacity for citizens to engage
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ICT
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Building capacity Useable information in use friendly formats and mediums

-delivering economic benefits
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virtual cooperatives? E-extension services? Information sharing?

Government role to support innovation and create enabling environment

Conclusion

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Extensive challenges exist but surmountable if all invest Failure of implementation is not an option CIC endeavours to create opportunities for citizens to engage All reforms must deliver a visible economic benefit if they are to be owned and therefore sustainable

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