As at August 26, 2011 constitutional deadline for some of the crucial laws. Five laws had been enacted. They are the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission Act, 2011; The Independent Offices (Appointment) Act, 2011; The Supreme Court Act, 2011; The Judicial Service Act, 2011 and The Vetting of Judges and Magistrate Act, 2011 had been signed into law.
Appointment of members to key institutions
The Government had already appointed members to key institutions for
the implementation of the Constitution including Task Force on Devolved
Government (TFDG) established on October 22, 2010. The TFDG released its
interim report on April 20, 2011. The purpose of the interim report was to
enable stakeholders validate it and provide further input on the proposed implementation mechanisms, policies and pieces of legislation on the devolved system of government in Kenya, as envisaged in the Constitution of Kenya 2010 promulgated on August 27, 2010. On July 10, 2011, the TFDG presented 6 bills
to the Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of Local Government. They are: The
County Governments Financial Management Bill, 2011; The Intergovernmental
Relations Bill, 2011; The Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations Bill, 2011; The
Transition to Devolved Government Bill, 2011; The Urban Areas and Cities Bill,
2011 and The Devolved Governments Bill, 2011.
The appointment of the Chief Justice, the Deputy Chief Justice and the Director
of Public Prosecutions were completed after a rigorous vetting by the Judicial
Service Commission that was established on December 30, 2010 and mandated
to oversee administrative, managerial and operational reform within the
judiciary. However, the Controller of Budget is yet to be selected and vetted.
This is an important office as the national and county governments have to seek
approval from the Controller of Budget before the withdrawal of public funds.