Tuesday, October 13, 2009

New Constitution

The constitution making process is on course and there is no need for panic, Justice minister Mutula Kilonzo has said.

The minister Tuesday downplayed calls for the resignation of committee of experts chair Nzamba Kitonga by a section of religious leaders terming their opinion as part of the constitution making process.

He is urging the committee of experts however to give all Kenyans a chance to express their wishes.

According to Mutula, Nzamba and his team are right on course.

Mutula says such opinions are part of the constitution making process and that is why there is need to have a committee to sieve through and reach a consensus that will be favorable to all.

Mutula however warns that a few contentious issues can drag the whole process and is suggesting that they be ironed out later.

The Christian religious leaders were mainly irked by the inclusion of kadhi courts in the draft constitution and have threatened to scatter the constitution review process.

A section of the church was up in arms accusing the committee of experts chair Nzamba Kitonga of failing in his job.

On Monday, President Mwai Kibaki assured Kenyans and the international community that the coalition Government was fully committed to delivery of a new constitution as a key flagship project under the political pillar of the vision 2030.

The President made the remarks when together with the Prime Minister Rt Hon Raila Odinga they launched the vision 2030 Delivery Board at the Harambee House Boardroom.

The President noted that substantial progress has already been made in the constitutional making process.

President Kibaki said transformation of the country's political system under Vision Twenty Thirty is envisaged in the rule of law, electoral and political reforms, entrenched democracy and public service delivery, transparency and accountability, security as well as peace building and conflict management.

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