Ruaraka legislator TJ Kajwang’ criticised the government yesterday for “mass violation of the constitution”.

He said the Jubilee administration has been hell-bent on watering down the constitution by frustrating its implementation after realising it is not easy to amend the law through a referendum.

Kajwang’ is a member of the Parliamentary Justice and Legal Affairs Committee.

He said the President has refused to assent to bills only for them to be returned to the National Assembly with instructions on how they should be amended.

“The Parliament finds its hands tied. If this is the trend, what is the essence of the House passing laws? For whom are we passing these laws?” Kajwang’ said.

He lashed out at the National Treasury for slashing the proposed Sh45 billion budget for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

Kajwang’ said this will deny voters their constitutional rights.

He was addressing civil society groups in Nairobi at a constitutional forum organised by the Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations.

“What Parliament does is to come up with parallel laws that water down the constitution. This has been seen in the controversial Judicial Service Commission Act, the security laws and the amendments to the Kenya Information and Communication Act,” Kajwang’ said.

Anti-corruption crusader John Githongo said if there were a repeat of the 2007-08 violence in next year’s election, the constitution will be too mutilated to defend the citizens:

“Such deliberate butchering and mangling of the constitution towards an election year has been witnessed since the 90s and the outcome is known,” he said.

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