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Acceptance Remarks By The New Chairperson - Kenya National Commission On Human Rights - Roseline Doreen Adhiambo Odhiambo-Odede Upon Her Swearing In

  • 5 March 2022
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ACCEPTANCE REMARKS BY THE NEW CHAIRPERSON - KENYA NATIONAL COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS (KNCHR) - ROSELINE DOREEN ADHIAMBO ODHIAMBO-ODEDE UPON HER SWEARING IN BY THE HON. CHIEF JUSTICE AT THE SUPREME COURT, ON 3RD MARCH, 2022.

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The Honourable Chief Justice and the President of the Supreme Court of Kenya,

The Chief Registrar of the Judiciary,

The Incoming Commissioners of Kenya National Commission on Human Rights,

The Commission Secretary and CEO of  Kenya National Commission on Human Rights,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

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I am deeply honored and humbled to give these acceptance remarks upon my appointment as the Chairperson of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR). It is such a great honor to serve the people of Kenya!

At the onset, I wish to re-affirm and confirm my commitment to offer wholesome and unqualified  leadership at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights- together with the appointed able Commissioners here present. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to them. As a team, We will remain faithful in progressing the mandate and fuctions of the Commission as enshrined in the Constitution and KNCHR constitutive Act.

Indeed, this is an enormous task for me personally and my colleagues Commissioners - but I hasten to assure the appointing authority, all Kenyans and indeed all people of good-will, that we are up to the responsibilities and accountability that goes with this appointment.

I am indeed humbled that Iam taking the stewardship of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights at a time when our Country has made notable and commendable strides in the fulfilment of its human rights’ obligations as set out under the national, regional and international laws and treaties. This is evident through the setting up of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights as an independent institution as espoused by Chapter 15 of our progressive Constitution. 

Under my leadership, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights will remain key in reaffirming the commitment of our Country, towards protecting the sovereignty of the People of Kenya, securing the observance of democratic values and principles by all State organs and promoting constitutionalism.

I acknowledge the critical role that the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights continues to play as the flagship National Human Rights Institutition (NHRI) and take cognizance of the Commission’s past performance as an ‘A status’ Commission; as granted by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.

I commit here; to progress, value and build on the existing partnerships both with State and non-State actors in discharging the Commission’s mandate. I commit to work with all strategic partners, stakeholders and agencies in order to move our Country towards a human rights compliant State. 

 As I begin this journey, I call on all of us – the State, duty bearers, Civil Society Organizations and the Public, to work together so that we can all live in dignity and enjoy human rights and fundamental freedoms.

 

I thank you all.

 

Roseline Doreen Adhiambo Odhiambo-Odede, HSC (MCIARB,MIACP,LLM,LLB)

Chairperson

Kenya National Commission on Human Rights

Nairobi, 3rd March, 2022

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