Is Kenya Heading The Right Way?? MPs Pass Constitution Bill

Posted on March 18, 2008. Filed under: Butdoisay TRUE STORIES |

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Parliament has passed the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2008 with 197 votes. There were neither nays nor abstentions during the voting. The Bill is meant to entrench the peace deal into the constitution.

In passing the Bill, Parliament has moved the onus to President Kibaki, who is expected to give assent to the Bill for the constitution to be amended.

Debate has moved to the National Accord and Reconciliation Bill. 

Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has moved a motion to extend Parliament’s sittings from 6.30pm untill pending business is completed.
  
Earlier, Parliament  begun debate on the power sharing deal between President Kibaki and Prime Minister designate Raila Odinga.

The deal negotiated by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan required changes in Kenya’s law which can only come into force when legislated by Parliament.

The accord signed by the two leaders was distilled into two Bills seeking to provide for the offices of a Prime Minister and two deputy Prime Ministers.

The first, a Constitutional Amendment Bill, was under debate and seeks to amend the Kenya Constitution to allow the creation of the three new offices.

The motion to open debate on the Bill was moved by the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister, Ms Martha Karua of the Party of National Unity and seconded by Ugenya MP James Orengo of the Orange Democratic Movement.

Ms Karua said the Bill was a product of a negotiated political settlement and urged members to pass it as is.

“The law is made to serve man, not the other way round,” she said, answering criticism from sections of the legal fraternity who have argued that the accord did not constitute sound law.

Those who spoke in support of the Bill included Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, ODM deputy leader Musalia Mudavadi, MPs Najib Balala, Anyang Ngony’o, Gitobu Imanyara among others.

Raila Odinga and President Kibaki also spoke and added their voice to the need for MPs to rise to the occasion and pass the necessary legislation.

It is the first time in Kenya’s history that a sitting President has contributed to debate in the floor of the House.

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