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Press Release: Civil Society Position on The Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2014 in so far as it seeks to amend the Public Benefits Organisations Act 2013

Written by PBO Act 2013 on .

Preamble

We, the over 200 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and stakeholders drawn from all the 47 counties in the Republic of Kenya meeting in Nairobi on July 14 – 15, 2014 to discuss the state and future of the civil society in Kenya, wish to register our pleasure with a number of the proposed amendments to the Public Benefit Organizations (PBO) Act and note that this is a step towards enhancing the spirit of the Act, in line with the Government’s promise to support the civil society sector and promote Kenya’s political and socio-economic development. While we are pleased with some of the amendments, there is still concern that some of the proposed amendments are stifling and do not promote an enabling environment for the CSO sector.

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Open Letter to Parliament

Written by CSO Reference Group on .

ATTENTION TO AG, MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND THE SENATE

THE STATUTE LAW (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL, 2013: WHY IT IS A BAD LAW FOR THE COUNTRY AND WHY KENYA’S CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS WILL RESIST IT.

Members of the CSO Reference Group, a network of civil society organisations (CSOs) working in a wide range of arenas for the public benefit across the country, are deeply disappointed with the recent publication, by the Attorney-General of the Republic of Kenya, on October 30, 2013, of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, 2013 and particularly of the proposed amendments to the Public Benefit Organisations (PBO) Act, 2013. The Bill seeks, amongst other things, to amend parts of the Act (No. 18 of 2013), popularly known as the PBO Act, a progressive legislation that the 10th Parliament passed before the March 2013 General Elections.