NOTE: A constitution amendment done now does not mean that is the end of amendments to the document.
This are the changes I would like to see in the constitution:
1. No nominated MCA, MP or Senators.
2. No deputy governors.They are not necessary/waste of taxpayers’ money: https://kenyaiforum.co.ke/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1181/
3. Leader of Official Opposition.In case the governor is not available, [speaker should act as governor, else] the MCAs should elect one among them to take over governor’s duties temporarily.
4. Agency to Control Politician’s Spending (ie MCAs, MPs, Senators, Governors).Let the person who comes no. 2 in the presidential elections be called the leader of opposition, and be provided with a house, [car, security] and paid a salary equal to that paid to the speaker of parliament.
The members of this board (few in number eg 5) should be nominated by the president, and must get 50%+1 vote in parliament (after PUBLIC interviews). Their terms should be similar to those of Supreme Court Justices.If Speaker, or whoever authorises MPs/Senators travels [and other expenditures], put his foot down and ordered that there would be no travel abroad [or other wastage of taxpayers’ money] unless its absolutely necessary, he would be impeached.
That is why there needs to be an independent authority - with independent funding that does not go through parliament/senate - that will control Kenyan politicians’ craving for foreign “fun” travel at taxpayers’ expense [or other wastage of taxpayers’ money e.g by setting caps on allowances].
5. Health to Revert to National Government (Public Service Commission (PSC) or Health Service Commission (HSC)).
6. Fundamental Changes Regarding Appointment to JSC & Supreme Court.Various workers’ unions representing medical practitioners said the health sector needs a commission just like their counterparts in the teaching profession.
Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO), Kenya National Union of Laboratory Technologists, Kenya National Union of Pharmacists and Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union said this will help in addressing various issues the health workers face.”
The fundamental question here is: Who should we trust to appoint members of Judicial Service Commission (JSC) and Supreme Court? “Civil Society”, “Special Interest Groups”, or politicians?
Most Kenyan politicians are corrupt, but if the trust I have for Kenyan politicians is X, then the trust I have for “Civil Society” or “Special Interest Groups” is 0.0001X.
Therefore, this is what I propose regarding appointment to JSC and Supreme Court:
All members of JSC, and Supreme Court justices, are nominated by the president, and must get 50%+1 vote in parliament (after PUBLIC interviews). The functions/powers of JSC & Supreme Court should remain the same.
This would eliminate judicial activism and ensure that Judges and Magistrates work towards making Kenya a more fair and just society.