President Uhuru Kenyatta has extended by one year the term of the cohesion agency commissioners, in a move that has been termed as unconstitutional by lawyers.
In a Gazette notice dated August 4, President Kenyatta extended the three-year-term of the Francis Kaparo-led National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC).
''I, Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and commander in chief of the Kenya Defence Forces extend the term of the commissioners and chairperson by one year, '' President Kenyatta said in a notice dated July 21 carried by an August 4 special issue of the Kenya Gazette.
But immediately after the gazette notice was made public, Law Society of Kenya president Isaac Okero dismissed President Kenyatta’s move as a nullity, saying it was against the Constitution.
“The President cannot unilaterally extend the term of the NCIC commissioners as they have to go through the National Assembly. It is against the Constitution, and the NCIC Act,” Mr Okero told the Nation on phone.