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Office of the Ombudsman to seek advisory opinion from apex court over ruling on determinations

The entity that is mandated to check bad administration in the public sector, says the ruling touches on all independent commissions hence need to understand how it shall be implemented.

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CAJ’s Commissioner Lucy Ndung’u(Right) and CAJ’s Officer in charge of North Rift Region Irene Naserian addressing journalists in Nakuru West after a public participation on the draft Access to information Regulations 2021.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

The Commission on Administrative Justice (CAJ) has hinted at seeking advisory opinion from the apex court over a ruling that recommendations of the Commission on Administrative Justice (CAJ) are not binding to public bodies and government entities.

The entity that is mandated to check bad administration in the public sector, says the ruling touches on all independent commissions hence need to understand how it shall be implemented.

Speaking in Nakuru on Friday during a stakeholders’ meeting on draft Access to Information Regulations 2021, CAJ’s Commissioner Lucy Ndung’u said discussions are on towards redress of the matter.

“We all agreed that we will discuss and come up with ways on how the ruling will be implemented and if possible seek advisory opinion from the Supreme Court” said Commissioner Ndung’u.

Popularly known as the office of the Ombudsman, it is a constitutional commission established under Article 59(4) of the Constitution, and the Commission on Administrative Justice Act, 2011.

Meanwhile, the office of the Ombudsman is conducting public engagement in counties on the Access to Information Regulations 2021 that will ease the process of accessing information.

Commissioner Ndung’u noted that the move is aimed at ensuring all stakeholders are involved through recommendations.

She maintained that the office of the Ombudsman is independent and will continue to partner with other stakeholders in ensuring the constitution of Kenya is safeguarded and justice for Kenyans.

“We are here in Nakuru to make sure that the regulations we have developed as a commission together with the government offices have been approved by all stakeholders” she said.

CAJ’s Officer in charge of North Rift Region Irene Naserian revealed that the majority of the complaints on their desk touches on delays in justice, Provincial administration (Chiefs who abuse their powers).

She was however quick to note that the Commission is currently working with county Commissioners to sensitize the chiefs on their role in society.

On Access to information, she challenged public institutions to put structures in place that will ensure accessibility of information.

“Common complaints we have received touch on delays and the provincial administration. But we are here today calling on public institutions to ease access to information” said Naserian.

The Commission has already held public engagement on the Access to Information Regulations 2021 in Nyandarua,Nakuru, Nandi, Wajir, Garissa, Kitui, Makueni, Mombasa and Taita Taveta counties with the second phase expected to be rolled out in central region.

 

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Atheists fault petition seeking to deregister society

Atheists in Kenya have protested a petition that they say seeks to create a notion that Kenya is a nation by and for believers in God only.

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President of the Atheists in Kenya Society, Harrison Mumia

Atheists in Kenya have protested a petition that they say seeks to create a notion that Kenya is a nation by and for believers in God only.

Former Juja MP, Dr Stephen Ndichu has moved to court seeking to have the Atheists in Kenya Society suspended on grounds that its continued existence is unconstitutional.

In a statement, the society’s president, Harrison Mumia says the petition is an assault on religious freedom and an insult to the diversity of the Kenyan people.

“We find the petition repugnant to a good conscience,” he stated adding that Dr Ndichu is a Christian fundamentalist who seems to harbour paranoid fantasies about the dangers of atheists existing in Kenya.

He further accused Dr Ndichu of seeing enemies where there is none and that the society was surprised, but not shocked as religion has historically inhibited progress.

He vowed that the society would do everything within its power to defend its right to remain a registered society and urged Kenyans to support fighting the petition.

On Sunday, the society said it will be writing to President William Ruto seeking an invitation to State House, just like the evangelical denominations.

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Uhuru Gardens ready for Madaraka Day fete, says PS Kibicho

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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Madaraka Day

This year’s national Madaraka Day celebrations at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi County will be open to 30,000 people, up from 10,000 in 2021.

Permanent Secretary in the State Department for Interior, Dr Karanja Kibicho, said this follows the relaxation of COVID-19 containment measures.

“Children will also be allowed in on the celebrations this year, and we expect county celebrations to happen too,” the PS said while on an inspection tour of the venue.

The PS said the government decided to move the celebrations from the County rotational back to Nairobi because it will be the last event for the current administration before it exits office.

“Because of the significance of this particular Madaraka day, being the last for this regime, we decided to celebrate it at Uhuru Gardens to break the tradition of celebrating it in counties,”

He revealed that preparations were currently at 90 percent complete and expressed confidence that all will be set for the event as the country marks 59 years of self rule.

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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Queen Elizabeth mourns Kibaki as a great Statesman with commendable legacy

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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Queen Elizabeth II has mourned former President the late Mwai Kibaki eulogizing him as “a great statesman”.

“I was sorry to receive the news of the death of Mwai Kibaki. He had a lifelong record of service to the Kenyan people. It will be of deep sadness to your country to have lost a great statesman, but Kenya can take pride in the legacy of his leadership. I send you and the people of Kenya my condolences at this loss,” the message read.

The British High Commission further affirmed its close ties to Kenya and renewed its assurances to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The British High Commission avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya the assurances of its highest consideration,” the High Commission said.

The late Kibaki passed away on 21 April 2022, aged 90.

President Uhuru, who issued a proclamation that he would be granted a state funeral with full civilian and military honours, announced his death.

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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