Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa has recommended the elimination of constitutional amendments that seek to take away the independence of the Judiciary and the Kenya Police service.
Dr. Wamalwa said the two institutions should retain their autonomy as it is in the current constitution for them to effectively discharge their roles of ensuring the country is governed by the rule of law.
“The Chief justice should have the powers to appoint the ombudsman and judges and not the president. This clause should be modified,” he spoke at the burial of Madam Brigid Kamaga Nabichenje at Kiungani.
Dr. Wamalwa said the proposal to create a police council to be chaired by the minister of internal security will undermine the work of the security agencies which are supposed to be non-partisan.
“The police are supposed to be independent and not to be controlled by the executive through the minister in charge of internal security. We should not derail steps made by theses institutions,” he proposed.
The legislator however said the proposed increase of county revenue allocations to 35% is welcome saying it will aid in driving economic development agenda at the grassroots level.
“The proposed ward development fund will also be handy in addressing specific socio-economic challenges in every ward. This will further strengthen devolution in the country,” said Dr. Wamalwa.
Separately, the head of the Catholic diocese in Kitale Bishop Maurice Crowley said the ongoing Building Bridges Initiative constitutional amendment conversation on the to be shelved in favour of waging war against Covid 19.
Bishop Crowley expressed concern over a move by the political class to shift focus on containing the spread of the pandemic despite a rise in cases in favour of achieving political goals ahead of 2022 general elections.
“The government should take the lead in implementing Corona Virus containment measures first before focusing on having a referendum. The conversation on the proposed document can however go on,” he spoke in his office in Kitale.