KNCHR PETITION TO SUPREME COURT FOR ADVISORY OPINION ON CHAPTER SIX IS TIMELY AND URGENT BEFORE AUGUST ELECTIONS

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KNCHR PETITION TO SUPREME COURT FOR ADVISORY OPINION ON CHAPTER SIX IS TIMELY AND URGENT BEFORE AUGUST ELECTIONS

Nairobi, 20th April 2017:   The National Integrity Alliance (NIA) namely Transparency International, Society for International Development, Inuka Trust and Mzalendo Trust, congratulate the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) for their application for an Advisory Opinion from the Supreme Court on the interpretation of Chapter Six of the Constitution.

“Violence, bribery and dishonesty have marred the on-going political party primaries in the last few weeks. This is not the aspiration Kenyan sought when they voted for the new Constitution. This petition will place breaks on such unconstitutional behaviour,” Irungu Houghton, Society for International Development Associate Director.

The four organisations noted that the poor implementation of chapter six and lack of uniformity in its application has emboldened politicians to continue to act with impunity, arrogance and total disregard for the rule of law. “We are therefore encouraged by the Commission’s move and believe that the opinion will provide a much-needed tool kit for vetting agencies and citizens to make informed choices in electing leaders of high integrity,’ says Sam Kimeu, Transparency International Director.

The organisations note that the different court interpretations on the integrity threshold have rendered Chapter Six of the Constitution toothless and ineffective. Jessica Musila of Mzalendo Trust, notes “Leaders with integrity issues must be stopped from using endless appeals to avoid being held responsible for their culpability in the loss of public finances. We also call upon citizens to keep the fight against corruption alive by red carding aspirants with integrity issues ”   

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  • THERE ARE ALSO OTHER people including journalists,people who work closely to president so they think they are invincible ,who are also not fit for office.they go about lying about others they lack integrity and do things behind backs and the n pretend when others support a thing that they do eg empowerment of women and girls when they themselves do all to trample other peoples rights underfoot.the journalists can be dealt with via their media houses like the nation recently had a campaign for people to rwport wayward journalists to them.

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