Implementation of Chapter 6 of the Constitution of Kenya that was promulgated in 12 years ago remains a challenge in the country.
Governance experts argue that the Chapter 6 on Leadership and Integrity has continued to face challenges in implementation due to the lack of political good-will.
Joseph Omondi-an expert in matters governance at Midrift Human Rights Network based in Nakuru argues that implementation of the same calls for concerted effort from all stakeholders.
“The framers of the constitution of Kenya 2010 were very much in order to have Chapter 6 on Leadership and Integrity. But what we have currently have is lack of political good will in implementing the same. It is therefore a call to all stakeholders and Kenyans of good will to stand up and ensure full implementation” said Omondi.
He however commended the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission for administering EACC oath for all governors elected in 2022 August 9 polls.
This is the first time since devolution that County bosses took the EACC oath as a way of ensuring that the county resources are protected and that they will not involve themselves in corrupt deals.
Omondi says this will go a long way in safeguarding the spirit of devolution by ensuring that resources are well utilised and that those who are found engaging in corruption are dealt with as per the stipulation of the law.
He however challenged Kenyans of good-will in all counties to be vigilant and ensure resources at county levels are utilised well for development agenda.
“I must laud EACC for the move taken that all governors who assume office are taken through EACC oath. However, Kenyans are key in safeguarding devolution’s development agenda” said Omondi.
But even as Kenyans mark 12 years since the promulgation of the 2010 Constitution, questions are being raised on the issue of gender equal representation which has also not been fully realized in the country.
Though some counties such as Nakuru have made history by electing 15 female leaders among them Governor Susan Kihika, Senator Tabitha Karanja, Woman Rep Liza Chelule and 4 MPs ( Njoro, Bahati, Naivasha and Gilgils) as well as 8 MCAs.
The move, Omondi says is great as far as gender representation is concerned and commended Nakuru residents for the same.
He added that time is now for the women in elective positions to up their game and ensure more progressive laws and policies are passed by County Assemblies, National and Senate.
“The gender rule has it that the political parties have to play their role and the electorates too have a role through ballot. But I must commend residents of Nakuru for making history of 15 women elected. My call to those leaders is for them to play their role and ensure the progressive laws and policies are in place” he stated.