April 6, 2018, by Department of Public Communication.
The Government of Denmark has reaffirmed its commitment to support the governance and justice sector in Kenya by strengthening the GJLOS reform sector in the global fight against corruption.
The commitment by the Danish Ambassador to Kenya, Ms. Mette Knudsen was made during a courtesy call on the Attorney General, Judge Kihara Kariuki on Friday morning. Ms. Knudsen stressed the need for all sectors in the governance and justice to be strengthened, as these were fundamental components necessary in the fulfillment and achievement of the Big Four Agenda of the Government of Kenya.
“We have seen an increase in foreign investors in the country, an indication of the confidence that the fight against corruption is going in the right direction and the multi-agency approach adopted by the Kenyan Government can only be commended and strengthened,” stated Ambassador Knudsen.
The Chief Legal Advisor welcomed the assistance pledged while commending the cooperation between both governments. He lauded efforts by the Multi-Agency team in the fight against corruption observing that this had led to an increase in investor confidence in the government.
“The adoption of a national holistic process in the fight against corruption has led to a significant transformation in service delivery. There is an increased need to continue civic education since the members of the public remain the drivers of this fight against corruption and it is through them that challenges in governance are identified or brought to light,” the Attorney General stated.
The Governance, Justice, Law and Order Sector (GJLOS) has continued to play a fundamental role in creating an enabling environment for economic, social and political development of the country.
Critical areas within the GJLOS that require strengthening include emerging crimes such as international organized crime covering money laundering, cyber-crimes, and terrorism. The sector also needs to enhance its capacity in the application and use of technology in its electoral processes and security, while addressing legal frontiers revolving around the discovery of natural resources. There is also need to operationalize the witness protection programs and legal aid programs in the country.
The GJLOS is responsible for providing security and coordination of National Government, providing prosecution services, protecting witnesses and human rights, providing legal advice to Government agencies and administration of justice while promoting integrity and the fight against corruption,
The GJLO Sector comprises various ministries and agencies including the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government; Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice (OAG&DOJ); and the Judiciary. It also encompasses Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC); Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP); the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP); Witness Protection Agency (WPA); Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR); Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC); National Police Service Commission (NPSC); National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC); and Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA).
GJLOS Sector facilitates the development of policies and legislation for exploitation, exploration and export of energy resources and provides accountability in the utilization of the huge resource allocation to infrastructural development. Within the Health Sector GJLOS facilitates the development of enabling legal framework to enable the protection and attainment of social rights related to health, and rights of health workers. Further, collaborating with the Public Administration and International Relations (PAIR), GJLOS promotes the rights of vulnerable and special interest groups while ensuring compliance with the Constitution on matters relating to gender equality, human rights, and freedom from discrimination. It also provides support for the Environmental Protection, Water and Natural Resources (EPWNR) Sector to develop and enforce policies and laws necessary for environmental protection, water and natural resource management and exploitation, exploration and export of natural resources (including carbon trading).