The Professional Societies/ The Ministry Of Justice, National Cohesion And Constitutional Affairs Breakfast Meeting PDF Print E-mail
A breakfast meeting between professionals and the Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs was  held on October 7th 2010 at the Hilton Hotel. Professionals, mainly from the Law Society of Kenya and APSEA participated in this meeting. During the meeting, ways in which professionals and the ministry could partner during the constitution implementation process was discussed in detail particularly in relation to the drafting of bills.

In his address to professionals, Minister for Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs Hon. Mutula Kilonzo lauded the people of Kenya for ushering a new constitutional dispensation. He underlined his gratitude towards professional associations/ bodies in relation to their contribution towards development and good governance over the years that eventually paved the way for the realization of the new constitution.

According to Hon. Kilonzo, the role of professional bodies in the implementation process:
-Participation- professionals should remain engaged according to Article 10 of the constitution.
-Coalition building- professionals should be organizing and mobilizing their constituents around the process.
-Knowledge development- professionals should contribute their knowledge and expertise in advising the government on how to undertake the process.
-Safe guarding the process- he opined that professional are sleeping on the job, noting that the nation only has 19 days to cross the rubicon since according to the constitution, we were required (on the 27th October) to have established the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) and have appointed the members. The bill for establishing  J S C  has not even been read for a first time and professionals are thus obligated to explain to Kenyans why there has been a delay in constituting a board responsible for the vetting of judges. Professionals should have asked parliament why they went on recess for four weeks without first having established the Oversight Committee
-Enhancing dialogue and consensus building.

The Minister finally challenged professionals to have their say on the bill as opposed to merely burying the bills being drafted. In his opinion, professionals who do not like certain bills and their contents should simply make their opinions known, help in amending them then pass them instead of just complaining about the bills that are being developed. Participation is key.
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