In the spirit of movement building and in line with our Vision 2021, we held a strategic session with 22 legislatures (MPs and senators) on 14th February 2018 in Nairobi County to deliberate on the operationalization of the County Policing Authority (CPA) structure at the county level and the National Coroner’s Service Act 2017 and the Prevention of Torture Act 2017. The participants were members of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committees, the National Security Committees, a delegation from the Kenya Parliamentarians on Human Rights Association (KEPHRA) and civil society organizations.
The meeting aimed at soliciting and consolidating the support of parliamentarians towards ensuring that the CPA structure gets sufficient funding and that its implementation is fast-tracked.
During plenary session, Hon. Gideon Ochanda, the Secretary of The Kenyan MP’s for Sustainable Development Goals noted that there are no clear guidelines on the level of engagement for the new governors. This is because to the new Governors the whole CPA structure is alien. He further requested that Alternative Dispute Resolution should be integrated in the CPA structure. Hon. Ochanda stated that there is need to appreciate that different counties have different needs and some don’t consider security as a serious need. The budget allocated to counties also consists of funding for security but in some counties this is not fully utilized.
Further the MP’s agreed that there was a need by the members to sell the CPA agenda wholesomely to governors during the Council of Governors meeting. They reiterated that justice is managed differently in different counties and that the implementation of the CPA will make a big difference for the citizens.