Kibaki urges MPs to pass reform Bills
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President Kibaki has told Kenyan legislators that they should move with speed to pass at least 10 crucial reform Bills
While addressing a special sitting of Parliament Tuesday, the President told the MPs that two Bills pertaining to the conduct of the next polls were particularly crucial.
An Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Bill has been prepared and discussed with stakeholders. It is now ready for tabling.
"The Bill makes provision for effective operation of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission including continuous registration of voters, the delimitation of electoral boundaries, registration of candidates and voter education," said President Kibaki.
"The Elections Bill provides for the settlement of electoral disputes arising from nominations, the conduct and supervision of elections and the development of a modern system of collection, collation, transmission and tallying of electoral data.
"These two Bills will safeguard free and fair elections and entrench our democratic system of governance. I, therefore, call upon this august House to debate and pass the bills within the next three months."
The Bills include: The Independent Commissions Bill; Commission on Revenue Allocation Bill; The Salaries and Remuneration Commission Bill; The Kenya National Human Rights and Equality Commission Bill; The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Bill; The Public Service Commission Bill; The National Land Commission Bill; The Commission on Administrative Justice Bill; The National Police Services Commission Bill; and The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Bill.
Below are excerpts of live proceedings as brought to you by nation.co.ke
16:02 He tells MPs that the House stands adjourned until Wednesday at 9 am and invites them to lunch.
16:00 Speaker Marende tell MPs that Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to table the Budget Policy Bill on Wednesday.
15: 58 VP Kalonzo Musyoka tables the speech for debate.
15: 56 President Kibaki ends his speech.
15: 55 Kibaki: Our new Constitution has given us the necessary framework to create credible institutions that can serve our needs and deal with past injustices. It is my hope that we shall play our role in ensuring that these institutions are fully operational.
15: 53 He thanks Kenyan and MPs for embracing national reconciliation and healing.
15: 52 The President says he is aware of challenges Kenya face in dealing with the post election crisis.
15: 49 President Kibaki says the State wiil take affirmative action measures to ensure that the youth have access to education and training; have opportunities to associate, be represented and participate in political, social, economic and other spheres of life and access employment.
15: 47 The government will submit the National Land Commission Bill and Land Registration Bill to speed development.
15:45 He says government has created a taskforce to collect and collate views from Kenyans over the creation of counties.
15: 43 President Kibaki lists some Bills that will go a long way in providing Kenyans with security. These include the National Security Council Bill, Police Service Commission Bill, National Police Service Bill, Independent Police Oversight Authority Bill and the Private Security Providers Bill.
15: 42 He urges MPs to debate and pass the electoral Bills within three months.