Politics and policy
Lawyers lobby backs county appointments
Posted Thursday, May 17 2012 at 17:01
A lawyers’ association has backed President Kibaki’s appointment of county commissioners, saying it adheres to the law.
The Nairobi Lawyers Association said on Thursday they "equivocally support" the appointments and devolution of government work and processes as it was in line with Section 17 of the Sixth Schedule.
They termed as misleading claims by a section of MPs that the county bosses’ duties would usurp those of the governors once the latter are elected in to office.
"It is misleading, falsehoods and ignorance to say so since the roles of the county commissioners is to represent the national government at the county level; and work in harmony with elected governors," the association's secretary-general Mr Dann Mwangi said in a statement.
The association said the appointments should not be politicised, while demanding that they be “effected as planned.”
“It is for the common good of wananchi as the grassroots level”
The President's appointment of 47 county commissioners last Friday hit a snag after activists moved to court seeking orders to suspend the appointments and the implementation of the decision.