In addressing inequality and consolidating national cohesion and unity under Agenda No. 4, the National Dialogue and Reconciliation process paved the way for the drafting and presentation to parliament of the Ethnic and Race Relations Bill in November 2008.
On enactment, this bill became the National Cohesion and Integration Act No. 12 of 2008 that established the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), mandated to promote harmony, peaceful co-existence and national integration.
However, much as the title changed, the body of the law addresses itself to matters of ethnic, racial and religious discrimination and victimization.
This Act stipulates that the Commission shall consist of:
- A Chairperson nominated by the President from among eight (8) Commissioners nominated by the National Assembly in accordance with the procedure for nominating Commissioners by the National Assembly.
- The Chairperson of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights
- The Chairperson of National Commission on Gender and Equality
- The Chairperson of the Commission for the Administration of Justice