Betty Sungura Nyabuto is now the substantive Commission secretary after taking oath of office in an elaborate and solemn ceremony presided over by Chief Justice David Maraga at the Supreme Court. Mrs. Nyabuto took the oath in the presence of NGEC Commissioners, her family and friends pledging to discharge her duties without fear or favour.
In her remarks, Nyabuto said she was fully cognizant of the huge and unique mandate conferred by the Constitution of Kenya 2010 to NGEC in promoting gender equality and freedom from discrimination. “I fully appreciate the space within which the Commission has to operate to respond to the needs of a critical demographic of the country which is recognized and protected by the Constitution, the Special Interest Groups”. “We shall seek to raise the national consciousness and awareness of special interests groups and play a strategic role of influencing policies that address their needs”. She added.
While welcoming the new Commission Secretary, Chairperson Dr. Joyce Mutinda noted that the Commission was now properly constituted having operated without a substantive Chief Executive Officer for close to five years. Dr. Mutinda urged Nyabuto to get down to work and to remain focused. “I expect that the design of our programmatic interventions shall be consistent and faithful to our sixteen functions as spelt out in the NGEC Act of 2011.” Said Dr. Mutinda.
At the same time, Dr. Mutinda urged the Judiciary to support the Commission’s work in interpreting and clarifying the law as pertains integrating the principles of equality and inclusion and spelling out enforceable measures for compliance.
Photo/ Ms. Betty Nyabuto takes oath of office