President Kenyatta Signs Six Parliamentary Bills Into Law

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday signed into law six parliamentary bills.

The bills include the sustainable Water Management Bill, Irrigation (Amendment) and the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal (Amendment) Bill, as well as Sacco Societies (Amendment) Bill, Children Bill and Community Groups Registration Bill, all of 2021.

The new Sustainable Waste Management Act establishes a robust legal and institutional framework for sustainable waste management to realize the constitutional requirement on the right to a clean and healthy environment.

It provides mechanisms for policy, co-ordination and oversight of waste management, and promotion of a circular economy for green growth by, among other provisions, establishing the Waste Management Council, whose mandate includes overseeing the implementation of the national sustainable waste management strategy.

On its part, the Community Groups Registration Act
establishes a framework for registering and regulating community groups on matters such as the amalgamation and merger of such groups.

The amended Children Act gives effect to Article 53 of the Constitution of Kenya by, among other reforms, advancing the concept of 'best-interest of the child' as the paramount consideration in every matter or decision concerning a child.

Further, the new Children Act provides for parental responsibility. It contains progressive provisions for protecting and caring for children, such as prioritizing family-based care through fostering, adoption, custody, maintenance, guardianship, kinship care, and kafaalah, among others.

The law, therefore, largely shifts the burden of child care to the state and the community, leaving room for the establishment of statutory childcare institutions by the Cabinet Secretary responsible for children's affairs.

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