Change law: Kwa

National, Normal

The National, Friday October 11th, 2013


THERE is a need to change the Organic Law on Provincial Governments and Local Level Governments in line with Vision 2050, Constitutional and Law Reform Commission secretary Dr Eric Kwa says.

He told the inquiry into the Organic Law on Provincial Governments and Local Level Governments yesterday that the view of all stakeholders would be sought.

“We are very fortunate that we have had the experiences from 1995 till today,” Dr Kwa told provincial administrators and representatives.

“We are now going through what I call the third phase.

“We are well positioned to make strategic changes based on these two experiences.

“I think we are all in very good position to give advice to the current government to make changes to what we think is necessary.

“You are the real hard-core public servants down there.

“CLRC has not taken a view. We are waiting for you to take that view.

“We will work with you to see what is the best view that we can take to our people.”

Kwa said this inquiry was unlike the last one in 1995, which he said was largely politically-driven.

“In 1995, there were no specific terms of reference, there was no specific methodology, it was driven by a political agenda at that time,” he said.

“There was political support so our predecessors went out, came back and said: This is it.

“We’re going to do it properly. We’re going to go out and talk to the people. We are restructuring this country.

“I would think that this is what we’re doing. The future has been set for us. Aim for 2050.”