Hu­man rights de­fend­ers hail CS Ki­un­juri’s move to make law op­er­a­tional

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Hu­man rights de­fend­ers have wel­comed the de­ci­sion by De­vo­lu­tion Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Mwangi Ki­un­juri to make the Pub­lic Ben­e­fit Or­gan­i­sa­tion Act 2013 op­er­a­tional. On Fri­day, Ki­un­juri, through a gazette no­tice, op­er­a­tionalised the Act. This came three years af­ter it was as­sented to by Pres­i­dent Mwai Kibaki in Jan­uary 2013. “The op­er­a­tional­i­sa­tion marks a ma­jor step by the govern­ment in recog­nis­ing the im­por­tant role played by civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions in com­ple­ment­ing the state’s obli­ga­tion. It is also a mile­stone to­wards a safe, se­cure and en­abling en­vi­ron­ment in which CSOs can op­er­ate ef­fec­tively,” reads the state­ment signed by Na­tional Coali­tion of Hu­man Rights De­fend­ers ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Ka­mau Ngugi. The Act seeks to “strengthen civil so­ci­ety, pro­mote so­cial wel­fare and im­prove the con­di­tion and qual­ity of life for the peo­ple of Kenya”. It also re­quires or­gan­i­sa­tions to main­tain high stan­dards of gov­er­nance.

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