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Devolution must Act as a Catalyst to Good Governance


Above: Members of the public in a procession to mark the International Human Rights Day in Isiolo County (Photo: Courtesy © 2016 KNCHR Communications Department)

Isiolo, Kenya: December 13, 2016: By Dominic Kabiru

As KNCHR commemorated the International Human Rights Day in Isiolo County, The Chairperson of the Commission, Ms Kagwiria Mbogori said that the County governments should make efforts to understand, appreciate devolution and its impact on the enjoyment of human rights; and that the citizens are sensitized on their role in decision making brought about by devolution so that they can live enriched lives. While the Constitution provides for the progressive realization of human rights, Ms Mbogori said that there is need for the country’s leadership to put more effort in moving policies from paper to action especially in prioritisation of resources for efficient service delivery.

 

With regard to Isiolo County, The KNCHR cited matters that require the urgent intervention of the County government leadership. She called on Isiolo county government to promote the integration of human rights’ values and indicators in the County Integrated Development Plan. Specifically she called on the leadership to work in collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Services to develop sustainable solutions to the ever present human and wildlife conflict.

 

Within the framework of the County Policing Authorities she challenged the leadership to develop counter terrorism interventions that do not target the civilian population and expose them to extortion by security agencies as has been reported to KNCHR. She said that the Commission will continue to reiterate that pursuit of security and promotion and respect for human rights are mutually reinforcing.

 

She called upon the quick resolving of the ethnic and clan clashes in Isiolo County which has led to loss of lives thus hampering the enjoyment of the right to life as provided for under Article 43 of the Constitution and hampering their economic rights. She called on the County Governments and the political leadership to utilize alternative means of resolving disputes to forestall standoffs in the future. 

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