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Duale Tells Lawyers to Help Formulate Oil Policy 

LSK Chair Eric Mutua, Aden Duale and Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya during the lawyers' annual conference in Diani, South Coast.

Picture by Purity Kahindi




Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale has challenged lawyers to help in formulating policy that will govern the mining sector following the discovery of oil and gas in the country.

He said the oil sector was experiencing a boom in discoveries thus it was time legal minds also analyzed the extractive sector and contribute in preparing policy that will guide the sector.

Mr. Duale made the observation in his keynote address to over 700 lawyers attending an annual conference of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) at Diani in Kwale County.

The theme of the two-day conference “The Spirit of the Law: Constitutional Tension between the three Arms of Government, Justice and Security”.

The Dujis MP said the conference was expected to offer the country an opportunity to explore the legal and policy options available in tackling terrorism and insecurity.

“The conference takes place at an opportune time when the country is facing a myriad of challenges ranging from homeland insecurity to terrorism,” said Mr. Duale.

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale and Law Society of Kenya Chair Eric Mutua at the lawyers' annual conference at Diani,South Coast. Picture by Purity Kahindi

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale and Law Society of Kenya Chair Eric Mutua at the lawyers’ annual conference at Diani,South Coast.
Picture by Purity Kahindi

“However, I have no doubt, that by the end of this conference noting the legal minds present here today, that you will formulate viable solutions to the issues arising from the opportunities and challenges facing our country at large,” he added.

He denied claims that there exists constitutional tension between the three arms of government saying this was just a case of public perception.

Mr. Duale said in the performance of their functions, there was bound to be differences of opinion in the manner in which the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary conceptualizes ideas.

He cited the interdependence relationship between the three arms of government saying they each played a distinctive role as defined in the Constitution.

According to Mr. Duale, each of the three institutions sees things differently making them differ in opinion but this does not in any way suggest conflict or tension.

“It is therefore clear that the three arms of the government play a pertinent role without which the success of each institution will be hampered,” he said.

Present among others were, LSK chairman Mr. Eric Mutua and Kwale and Lamu Governors Salim Mvurya and Issa Timamy, respectively.

By James Muchai

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