On 27th August, 2010 the much awaited Constitution was promulgated. With it came a new hope of institutional, political, social and economic reforms. However, there have been many challenges facing implementation of the Constitution, ranging from its interpretation to enactment of new legislation.
One of the key areas of reform under the Constitution is the decentralization of government by which two levels of government have been created, namely, national and county governments, which are co-ordinate, but not subordinate to each other.
The structure of county government largely mirrors that of the national government with a total of 47 county governments consisting of a County Assembly and a County Executive. The country is therefore undergoing a transition that needs careful balance.
Several new legislations have been enacted which continue to need interpretation while existing legislation will have to be aligned to the new Constitution. As a consequence, opportunities have now been created for legal practitioners to be involved in drafting, advising and ensuring compliance with the new laws.
We have expertise in working with the Government in a number of privatizations and capital markets transactions. We also participated in educating the public on the legal implications of the new constitution. Our team’s understanding of the new government structures will ensure that our clients receive expert commercial and legal advice.