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Civil society, professional bodies set to commemorate Katiba Day

By George Kebaso
Thursday, August 27th, 2020
Suba Churchill.
In summary

As the country marks 10 years since the promulgation of the 2010 Constitution various organisations - both from the civil society and corporate sector - have lined up a flurry of activities to share their successes and failures during this period.

Among the institutions that have lined activities include various civil society players Kenya Medical Association (KMA), Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and the Stop TB Partnership.

 Yesterday Kenya Medical Association (KMA) President Were Onyino told People Daily that the Association will engage in activities to advocate for the creation of the commission in the next review of the law.

“Among others, we want to have a HSC akin to the Teachers Service Commission to advise the national and county government on policy formulation, human resource planning and deployment is what the country needs to address what ails the health sector,” he said ahead of today.

The health commission would assume the human resource function for the medical workers.

On its part, the LSK announced that it will hold a commemoration event under the theme, introspecting and Auditing the Working/ Implementation of the Constitution in Kenya.

Church service

The activities will begin with a church service at the Holy Family Basilica, Nairobi at 9:00am and thereafter, at the society’s secretariat.

A statement from the LSK yesterday said that, professional bodies will sign a proclamation deed as a commitment to promote constitutional value to commemorate Katiba Day.

“Subsequently, there will be a panel discussion on ‘the implementation status of the Constitution, the challenges faced and the prospects for the future’ at the LSK secretariat grounds from 10:30am,” the statement adds.

At a hotel near Kileleshwa Police Station, various civil society players will have a consultative meeting with members of the BBI Taskforce between 8am-10am on the state of health service delivery in Kenya in the Covid-19 context to be hosted by County Governance Watch- Kenya.

“Thereafter; the civil society will issue a statement on the bare minimum as a condition for supporting the document,” said Suba Churchill (pictured), Co-convenor said yesterday.

And between 11 am and 1pm, the Stop TB Partnership Kenya has organised a Webinar to discuss the Right to Health: 10 years on- gains, losses and opportunities.

Devolution package

Stop TB Partnership Kenya Chief of Party, Evaline Kibuchi said while devolution as one of the package that came with the new constitution is appreciated, devolution of healthcare has brought with it tears and laughter with equal measures.

“It was meant to make services more accessible and for counties to plough in their own resources in to the development of their own counties, it has become more expensive to run the very counties which has only increased the administrative costs at the expense of service delivery,” she said.

On Tuesday, reproductive health rights advocates speaking ahead of today, gave the government an average score of 3 out of 10 for dragging its feet in implementing Article 26(4) ten years since the new constitution was promulgated.

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