IPOA – Independent Policing Oversight Authority struggling with NPS non-compliance

The Kenyan Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) is the authority that shall hold the Kenyan police accountable to the public, shall help the police to be professional, transparent and accountable and shall ensure independent oversight of the handling of complaints by the police service. (Sec. 5 of the IPOA Act)  It has extensive powers. For … Continue reading “IPOA – Independent Policing Oversight Authority struggling with NPS non-compliance”

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the highest court in Kenya and is established under article 163 of the Constitution. It is composed of seven judges: the Chief Justice, the Deputy Chief Justice, and five other Judges. The court’s quorum is reached when at least 5 judges are present. All courts are bound by the decisions of … Continue reading “Supreme Court”

Acts about Agencies

These are the Acts that prescribe, how the anti-corruption and oversight agencies should be established and operated.

CRECO – Constitution and Reform Education Consortium

CRECO Trust is a network of 23 civil society organizations in Kenya. These organizations belong to the broad human rights, governance and democracy category of NGOs founded in 1998. It is a culmination of a networking history dating as far back as 1992 with the exponential increase in NGOs involved in governance.

Media Council Act, 2013

The Media Council Act provides rules for media and journalists (also their code of conduct) and the oversight role of the Media Council of Kenya (MCK).

Public Service Commission

The Public Service Commission is, among other tasks, in charge of establishing and abolishing public offices and of appointing persons to hold these offices. (Constitution Art. 233-234)

IEBC – Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is established in Art. 88 of the Constitution which also lists the commission’s tasks: (a) the continuous registration of citizens as voters (b) the regular revision of the voters’ roll (c) the delimitation of constituencies and wards (d) the regulation of the process by which parties nominate candidates for … Continue reading “IEBC – Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission”

Independent Commissions for Good Governance

Independent commissions established by the constitution have the task to ensure good governance in the respective fields which they are overseeing. We are listing some of them, later all.

The Senate

The Kenyan Senate’ main tasks are all related to the counties. It is one of the two houses or chambers of parliament with the other being the National Assembly. (Article 93 of the Constitution ). The Senate should make and amend laws (legislation), represent the counties (representation), and monitor the county governments (oversight).

County Assembly

The citizens of any county can turn to their elected County assembly member if for instance, the promised road in their ward has not been built. But this is the task of the County government, not the assembly. The county assembly, however, is in charge of budget making, oversight over the County government, law making … Continue reading “County Assembly”

COB – Controller of Budget

The Controller of Budget, presently Agnes Odhiambo, is in charge of overseeing the current financial operations of the state of Kenya including the counties. She is nominated by the President of Kenya for a term of eight years. Her tasks are established by Article 228 of the Constitution. The COB’s office authorizes any withdrawal from public … Continue reading “COB – Controller of Budget”

Agencies & Stakeholders

Who is in charge of good governance in Kenya – of information, oversight, prosecution. There are quite a number of players. We name them and explain them for you.