Members of Parliament to be appointed to the parliamentary committee to oversee the implementation of the new constitution must be vetted to lock out those who are tainted, a lobby group has demanded.
The International Centre for Policy and Conflict (ICPC) said a similar vetting process should also be extended to the Commission on the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) to ensure that only persons of integrity are appointed.
“It is necessary that those people who are going to serve in the Parliamentary Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee and Constitution Commission on implementation are beyond reproach, and are people of high moral integrity and competence,” said the Centre’s Executive Director Ndung’u Wainaina.
Parliament must set up the CIC which will be charged with the responsibility of implementing the new constitution within ninety days of president Kibaki promulgating it on August 27. But before the CIC is constituted, parliament must set up the oversight committee which will oversee CIC’s operations.
Already, lobbying for positions in both the oversight committee and the commission are in top gear.
Addressing a news conference on Thursday, Mr Wainaina demanded that individuals associated with corruption and other past injustices must not be appointed to the two bodies as they are likely to sabotage the implementation of the new constitution.
“The networks and infrastructure responsible for the past repression and opposition to constitutional change are still intact. There is a likelihood that this infrastructure and networks may attempt to short-circuit the implementation of the new constitution,” he noted.
He also called for the opening of Nyayo House torture files so that those who committed the atrocities are brought to justice.
“In pursuing transitional justice, Kenyans should push for a system that identifies those who made decisions, planned and gave the orders to the repressive state apparatus; and those who limited themselves to executing the orders they received,” he added.