Posted at Mar 20, 2011
Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have committed themselves to collaborate with other partners in the design and implementation of the next phase of the Governance, Justice, Law and Order Sector Reforms (GJLOS).
Speaking during a Consultative Meeting involving 50 CSOs and the GJLOS Reform Coordinating Department, held on 15th March, 2011 in Sankara Hotel in Nairobi, CSOs noted that the sector is crucial to the fundamental stability of the country as they encompass all Governance institutions including the police, judiciary, prisons, state Law and prosecution departments among other key institutions.
The meeting organized by UNDP Amkeni Wakenya in conjunction with the GJLOS Reform Coordination Department, under the Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs(MOJNCCA) noted that the new Constitution has given impetus to reforms in the sector.
The GJLOS Reform Programme was initially started in 2003 by the then National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) Government (that came into power when the euphoria for reforms was at the apex. The Programme supported by a group of Development Partners was implemented by over 40 government Departments in the Office of the President, Office of the Vice President and Home Affairs, MOJNNCA, the State Law office among other.
According to Prof. Karuti Kanyinga of South Consulting and Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, who is leading in developing a policy framework for the sector, various problems had impeded the success of the Programme. Under its human rights and democracy component, success had been constrained as the culture of human rights had been completely lacking in Government. However, over the period of implementation, Civil Servants were more aware about human rights but the challenge remained the infusion of human rights in their work.
Impunity had also impacted negatively in other areas such as the rule of law, promotion of transparency, accountability and integrity. Unfair and discriminative application of the law had also affected the gains that could have been achieved under the access to justice sector.
Jane Serwanga, a Programme Officer from FIDA (K) however noted that GJLOs has had its successes. She called upon all partners including Government, Civil Society, Development Partners and the Citizens to build on these gains in the new phase.
Moderating the discussions, Gilbert Onyango of South Bay Consulting who had coordinated civil society engagement in the previous phase of GJLOS Programme called for the development of a clear GJLOS vision which all Kenyans can relate to.
Mr. Francis Maina, the Acting Director of the GJLOS Reforms Coordinating Department assured Civil Society Organizations that their input will be taken on board during the design of the next phase and development of crucial sector policy papers.
For more details contact Rebecca Muniu of UNDP Amkeni Wakenya on 020- 341397 or Francis Maina GJLOS Programme tel; 020-2224029
Amkeni Wakenya’s programme development and implementation of activities is informed and overseen by a dynamic and inclusive governance structure._