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6 April 1967

Kenya Government Gazette dated 1967-04-06 number 18

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   THE KENYA GAZETTE                    Published by Authority of the Republic of Kenya

                                                (Registered as a Newspaper at the G.P.O.)

Vol. LXVIX—No. 18                                   NAIROBI, 6th April 1967                                      Price: Sh. 1/50

GaZETTE Notice No. 1261                                                    To make recommendations for a new law providing a com-
                                                       (167/3/3)        prehensive and, so far as may be practicable, uniform law of
                                                                        marriage and divorce applicable to all persons in Kenya, which
          THE COMMISSIONSOF INQUIRY ACT                                 will replace the exisiing law on the subject comprising custo-
                     (Cap. 102)                                         mary law, Islamic law, Hindu law and the relevant Acts of
                                                                        Parliament and to prepare a draft of the new law.
                                                                          To pay particular attention to the status of womenin rela-
   WHEREASit is provided by the Commissions of Inquiry Act             tion to marriage and divorce in a free democratic society.
that the President may, whenever he considers it advisable, issue
a Commission appointing one or more Commissioners to inquire,          And I direct that—
inter alia, into any matter into which an inquiry would, in the        (a) the Hon. Mr. Justice Spry shall be the Chairman of the
opinion of the President, be in the public interest :                        Commissioners;
  AND Wuergas I deem it advisable that an inquiry should be            (b) E. Cotran, Esq.-» shall be the Secretary to the Commis-
made into the matters hereinafter set out:                                   sioners, or, in his absence, such person as the Commis-
                                                                             sioners may designate;
  Now, therefore, I, Jomo Kenyatta, President and Commander-           (c) the Commissioners shall commence the inquiry as soon as
in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kenya, in                    practicable and shall prosecute the inquiry with all due
exercise of the powers conferred upon me by the aforesaid Act               diligenice and speed and make their report without undue
and of all other powers hereunto enabling me, do hereby                     delay ;
                                                                       (d) any five of the Commissioners (whether or not that number
      The Hon. Mr. Justice Spry,                                            includes the Chairman) shall form a quorum;
      Mrs. P. Asiyo,                                                   (e) the inquiry shall be held at such place or places and at
      The Most Rev. J. De Reeper, Bishop of Kisumu,                         such time as the Commissioners may from time to time
      Mrs. S. Esmail,                                                       determine;
      J. F. H. Hamilton, Esq.,                                         (f) the inquiry may be held in public, or in private, or partly
                                                                            in public and partly in private, as the Commissioners may
      Dr. D. F. Heisel,
                                                                            from time to time determine;
      The Hon. M. Jahazi, M.P.,
                                                                       (g) the Commissioners shall in their discretion have power to
      Miss M. Kenyatta,                                                     order that shorthand notes or palantype recordings be
      Rey. J. T. Mpaayei,                                                   made of its proceedings, a transcript whereof shall con-
      The Registrar-General,                                                stitute an official record of its proceedings; and
      G. S. Sandhu, Esq.,                                              (h) the Commissioners shall observe the instructions contained
                                                                            in section 3 (3) of the Commissions of Inquiry Act with
      The Hon. A. R. Tsalwa, MLP.,
                                                                            regard to the receiving of evidence, and such instructions
      S. Waruhiu, Esq.,                                                     shall be deemed to form part of this Commission.
      E. Cotran, Esq.,
to be Commissioners, and do hereby authorize the said Commis-          Given under my hand and the public seal of the Republic of
sioners to hold an inquiry of which the terms of reference are—      Kenya this 3rd day of April 1967.

    To consider the existing laws relating to marriage, divorce                                            JOMO KENYATTA,
  and matters relating thereto.                                                  “     ,                              President.

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