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