The National Constitutional Amendment Committee urged the government to clear the arrears it owes members.
Speaking to the media, the chairperson of the National Constitutional Amendment Committee, Gichira Kibara, said the cabinet passed the resolution in May for the government to pay the members allowance but it is yet to be honoured.
“The committee has not been paid for a long time, but the cabinet passed a resolution in May for them to be paid. So we are hoping the government will now quickly pay the members’ allowances so they are able to work without any problem,” said Kibara.
He said the commission is supposed to be restructured to be more effective in carrying out its functions under the law.
“We are able to amend all the laws within the next six months if we get the necessary support from all the stakeholders, including the government,” he said.
Kibara spoke after he handed over the NGO Act, 2016 (amendment) bill, 2023, and the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission Act, 2016 (amendment) bill, 2023, to the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs on Thursday.
However, the undersecretary in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Gabriel Isaac, said the two bills complement themselves.
He said, “As all of you are aware, and especially that the issue of NGOs is a concern of many citizens of this country. The committee has worked very hard and amended most of the provisions of the NGO Act to make sure that it is complying with the agreement, the constitution, and best practices.”
“This amendment secures 30 per cent of the women, which streamlines the process of appointment, which includes the citizen who can get a chance to be employed and from here the ministry will hand the bill to the cabinet.”
“We are very glad that we reached this level of the work being done by the National Constitutional Amendment Committee, and they have done more and they will also continue to do more.
“We will be in a position to support and address the challenges facing the committee,” Isaac said.
The National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC) is established under Chapter 1, Article 1.18 of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS).
The core mandate of the committee is to incorporate the Peace Agreement into the Constitution and draft amendments to other relevant legislation to conform to the agreement.