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Sangale development association constitution

  1. 1. ConstitutionSangaleCommunityDevelopmentAssociation August 2011 8/14/2011
  2. 2. Constitution of Sangale Community Development AssociationTHE PREAMBLEWE THE INDIGENOUS RIPARIAN INHABITANTS OF THE LOWER TANA RIVER BASINDETERMINED To save succeeding generations from the inequity in advanced formal and informal education, health and economic development, which in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to the inhabitants. To regain faith in fundamental inalienable rights, in the dignity and decorum of the inhabitants; without distinction on age, sex, political, religious or other opinion in the restoration of equity and equitability rights among the inhabitants. To establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from common traditional laws, natural societal norms and the rule of law can be maintained. To protect the fauna and flora of the Lower Tana Basin from environmental degradation while promoting conservation by modern scientific methods, indigenous socio-cultural techniques and traditional laws and regulations. To promote socio-cultural welfare and improvement of life conditions for the inhabitants.AND FOR THESE ENDS To entrench traditional rights to dignity of life as foundation of rights. To promote entrepreneurship development, good health practices and infrastructure development. To foster capacity building and nurture good governance. To unite our strength to maintain inter- and intra-community peace, harmony and security. To embrace good environmental practice as the foundation of developmental entrepreneurship. To employ national and international machinery for the promotion of economic and socio-cultural advancement of the inhabitants.HAVE RESOLVED TO COMBINE OUR EFFORTS TO ACCOMPLISH THESE AIMSAccordingly, our respective Communities, through their representatives to the Councilof Delegates, who have been granted full powers and found to be in good and due form,have agreed to prescribe to the present Constitution of Sangale CommunityDevelopment Association and do hereby establish an organisation to be known as theSangale Community Development Association. Page 2 of 11
  3. 3. Constitution of Sangale Community Development AssociationTHE CONSTITUTION1.0 NAME The name of the Association shall be the Sangale Community Development Association (hereinafter called “The Association”).2.0 OBJECTS - The Association is established:2.1 To relieve poverty, sickness and the vulnerable among them and to promote the benefits thereto the indigenous riparian inhabitants of the Tana River Basin in the former Tana River District and in Diaspora (hereinafter described as “the area of benefit”) without distinction of age, sex, political, religious or other opinion, by associating the statutory authorities, voluntary organisations and inhabitants in a common effort to advance education, health and economic development and to provide facilities in the interests of socio-cultural welfare, for recreation or other leisure-time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of life for the said inhabitants, while suppressing environmental degradation;2.1.1 To nurture and perpetuate income generating activities, projects and programs as a basis of fulfillment of objects outlined herein.2.1.2 To establish or to secure the establishment of Community Centers (hereinafter called the Centers) and to maintain them and to manage to cooperate with any local statutory authority in the maintenance and management of such a Center for activities promoted by the Association and its constituent bodies in furtherance of the above objects.2.2 In furtherance of the above objects, but not further or otherwise, the Association may:2.2.1 Provide or secure the provision of social services, educational and recreational facilities, and practical assistance for elderly and disabled people within the area of benefit;2.2.2 Provide or secure the provision of welfare rights advice and information and refer those in need of professional assistance to the relevant agencies;2.2.3 Provide, maintain and equip, or assist in the provision, maintenance and equipment of, premises and facilities designed to carry out the objects of the Association;2.2.4 Promote and carry out, or assist in promoting and carrying out research, surveys and investigations, and publish the useful results thereof;2.2.5 Organise or assist in organising meetings, lectures, classes and exhibitions and publish or assist in publishing reports, periodicals, recordings, books or other documents or information; Page 3 of 11
  4. 4. Constitution of Sangale Community Development Association2.2.6 Obtain collect and receive money by way of grants, donations, bequests, legacies or other lawful method, provided that the Association may not engage in any form of permanent trading;2.2.7 Purchase, take on lease or in exchange, hire or otherwise acquire any real or personal property and any rights and privileges necessary for the promotion of the above objects and construct, maintain and alter any buildings or erections which the Association may think necessary for the promotion of its objects;2.2.8 Make any regulations for any property which may be so acquired;2.2.9 Subject to any consents as may be required by law, sell, let, mortgage, dispose of or turn to account all or any of the property or assets of the Association with a view to the furtherance of its objects;2.2.10 Receive money on deposit or loan and borrow or raise money in such a manner as the Association shall think fit subject to such consents as many be required by law;2.2.11 Invest the monies of the Association not immediately required for the furtherance of the said objects in or upon such investments, securities or property as may be thought fit, subject nevertheless to such conditions (if any) as may for the time being be imposed or required by law;2.2.12 Recruit and train volunteers with relevant skills to carry out the objects of the Association;2.2.13 Employ and pay any person or persons, not being a member or members of the Management Council referred to below, to supervise, organise and carry on the work of the Association and make all reasonable and necessary provision for the payment of remuneration to employees;2.2.14 Promote and organise co-operation in the achievement of the above objects and to that end to work in association with local authorities and voluntary organisations engaged in the furtherance of the above objects in the area of benefit;2.2.15 Do all such other lawful things as may be necessary for the attainment of the above objects or any of them. Page 4 of 11
  5. 5. Constitution of Sangale Community Development Association3.0 MEMBERSHIP 3.1 Membership of the Association shall be open to the following, irrespective of political party, nationality, religion or political opinion: 3.1.1 People from the indigenous riverine communities, aged sixteen years or over, living within the area of benefit.3.1.2 Individual Communities who belong the indigenous riverine communities will form branches and will each send 3 (three) representatives to the Council of Delegates (CD).3.1.3 The Chairman of the Council of Elders (Mgasa), the State Holder (Hae/Haye/Hayu/Haju), the Chief Healer(Mgangana ywe Kieti) and the Matriarch (Gombolo) of each community shall be admitted as Sage Members and shall enjoy ex-officio status; the same echelon of Leaders in the Overall Community (Vieti) hierarchy shall enjoy the same status and privileges herein outlined.3.1.5 Organisations within the area of benefit, whether voluntary or statutory, may upon application to and with approval of CD be admitted as Affiliated Members and such approval of the CD shall not be unreasonably withheld.3.1.6 Well-wishers anywhere or persons who, in the opinion of the CD, have special knowledge or experience to offer to the Association; such may be admitted as Associate Members3.2 Corporate members shall each be entitled to be represented 3 (three) duly authorized delegates, one of whom shall be of opposite gender, to CD with power to vote on behalf of the member.3.3 Sage, Affiliate, and associate members shall each be entitled to be represented at meetings of the CD by a duly authorized representative but shall have NO right to VOTE on behalf of the member or their own behalf whatsoever and/or regardless of any other provision herein to the contrary.3.4 The CD shall have prerogative to determine the rate of annual subscription appropriate to each category of membership, issue membership cards, badges and/or stickers and shall have the right for good and sufficient reason to terminate the membership of any member provided that the member concerned shall have the right to be heard by the CD before the decision is made. Page 5 of 11
  6. 6. Constitution of Sangale Community Development Association3.5 The CD shall form an ad hoc committee of 3 (three) to 5 (five) members, from within its ranks, to constitute a Board of Inquiry which shall give its recommendation within 14 (fourteen) days from the date of its constitution to the CD through the MC, where the membership termination involves a member of the CD; during which period the member shall remain suspended.3.6 The decision of the CD shall be final and an aggrieved member so affected may appeal to the CD through the MC for review and/or re-instatement of membership.4.0 COUNCIL OF DELEGATES4.1 Except as provided otherwise in this Constitution the policy and general management of the affairs of the Association shall be set and directed by the CD which shall meet not less than twice and not more than quarterly and shall consist of not less than half plus one (1) of the total duly registered corporate members provided a minimum of a quarter of other member categories shall also be in attendance.5.0 MANAGEMENT COUNCIL5.1 Except as provided otherwise in this Constitution the implementation of policy and general management of the affairs of the Association shall be directed by a Management Council (MC) which shall meet not less than 6 times a year and not more than monthly; they shall consist of not less than one third and not more than half less one of the CD of the Association; elected at an Annual General Meeting.5.2 Nominations from full corporate members of the Association for members of the MC must be in writing and must be in the hands of the Honorary Secretary of the Association at least seven (7) days before the Annual General Meeting hereinafter mentioned.5.3 Should the number of nominations exceed the number of vacancies, election shall be by secret ballot of the members of the Association present and voting at an Annual General Meeting.5.4 Should the number of nominations be less than the number of vacancies, further oral nominations may with the approval of the Annual General Meeting be invited from members present and voting at the said Annual General Meeting. Page 6 of 11
  7. 7. Constitution of Sangale Community Development Association5.5 The MC elected at an Annual General Meeting shall have the power to co-opt further members, who shall be individual nominees of corporate members, who shall serve until the conclusion of the next following Annual General Meeting PROVIDED THAT the number of co-opted members shall not exceed one third of the total membership of the MC. Co-opted members shall have the right to VOTE5.6 The office of Chairperson shall be filled by direct nomination by a person eligible to be a member of CD, belongs to the penultimate age group to the CE (mabiso), rotational among corporate members and preferably hold a degree from a recognized university; it shall not be held by any one person for more than 3 consecutive terms, an individual with overt or/and covert political leanings, a person eligible for membership to the CE.5.7 The Chairperson excepted, the 3 (three) Vice Chairperson, Honorary Secretary General, 3 (three) Deputy Secretary General, Honorary Treasurer, Organising Secretary, Director of Elections, Director of Youth Affairs, Director of Women Affairs, Director of External Linkages and Communication ( Spokesperson),and the Director of Operations (Principal Assistant to the Chair) who shall be the Honorary Officers of the Association, shall be nominees of full Corporate Members, of the Association and shall be elected biannually by and from the members of the CD on rotational basis at their first meeting following the Annual General meeting.5.8 Any vacancies created shall be filled by nomination and elections in accordance with Clauses 5.6 and 5.7, PROVIDE THAT the status quo on community representation in portfolio balancing as was at the time the vacancy was created is maintained.5.9 The Director of External Linkages and Communication shall be the official spokesperson and publicist of the Association and Principal Deputy to the equivalent post in the CE (Gasa); his /her nomination shall be approved by half plus (1) one of Sage Members of the Association or the CE.5.10 Any member of the MC who fails to attend 3 (three) consecutive Council meetings without reasonable excuse shall lose her/his place on the Council which may be in accordance with Clause 5.8 above.5.11 The Trustees shall be notified of and shall be entitled to attend all meetings of the MC but shall not have the power to vote. Page 7 of 11
  8. 8. Constitution of Sangale Community Development Association6.0 FUNCTIONS OF THE COUNCIL OF DELEGATES 6.1 The CD may set such policy as its members consider appropriate for the efficient conduct of the business of the MC and the Association. 6.2 The CD may appoint sub-committees, advisory groups or working parties of its own members and other persons as it may from time to time decide necessary for the carrying out of its work and may determine their terms of reference, duration and composition. All such sub-committees shall make regular reports on their work to the CD for perusal and/or deliberation6.3 The proceedings of the CD shall not be invalidated by any failure to elect or any defect in the election, appointment, co-options or qualifications of any member.7.0 FUNCTIONS OF THE MANAGEMENT COUNCIL 7.1 The MC may make such regulations as its members consider appropriate for the efficient conduct of the business of the MC and the Association, subject to approval by CD at its earliest sitting. 7.2 The MC may appoint such staff as its members consider necessary on such terms and conditions as they may determine.8.0 CHAIRING MEETINGS 8.1 All meetings of the Association or of any of its sub-committees shall be presided over by its Chairperson, or in his/her absence, its Vice-Chairperson. If neither is present, those present may elect one among themselves to take the Chair. [The Chairperson of any meeting shall have a second or casting vote]. 9.0 FINANCE 9.1 All monies raised by or on behalf of the Association shall be applied to further the objects of the Association and for no other purpose PROVIDED THAT nothing herein contained shall prevent the payment of legitimate out-of-pocket expenses to members of the Association engaged upon the approved business of the Association. 9.2 The Honorary Treasurer shall keep proper accounts of the finances of the Association. 9.3 The financial year of the Association shall run from 1st January to 31st December. Page 8 of 11
  9. 9. Constitution of Sangale Community Development Association 9.4 The accounts shall be audited at least once a year by an auditor or auditors who shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting. 9.5 An audited statement of accounts for the last financial year shall be submitted by the CD to the Annual General Meeting.9.6 A bank account shall be opened in the name of the Association with Kenya Commercial Bank Ltd. or with such other bank as the CD shall from time to time decide. The Committee shall authorise in writing the Honorary Treasurer and 2 members of the Committee to sign cheques on behalf of the Association. All cheques must be signed by not less than 2 of the 3 authorised signatories.10.0 TRUST PROPERTY10.1 The Association may appoint and may terminate the appointment of not less than 3 (three) and not more than 5 (five) Sage Members to act as Trustees for the purpose of holding any monies or property belonging to the Association. The title to all or any such real and/or personal property which may be required by or for the purposes of the Association shall be vested in the Trustees who shall hold such property in trust for the Association. The Trustees shall act under the instructions of the MC who shall, subject to the approval and consent of the CD.10.2 The Office of Trustee shall not be held by person for more than 2 consecutive terms, with the initial appointment of 3 (three) and the remaining 2 (two) being filled in subsequent Annual General Meeting; which shall have power to fill vacancies among the Trustees.11.0 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 11.1 The first Annual General Meeting of the Association shall be held not later than the second Saturday of December 2011 and on the second Saturday of December each year thereafter. An Annual General Meeting of the Association shall be held at such place and time (not being more than 12 months after the holding of the preceding Annual General Meeting) as the Committee shall determine. 11.2 At such an Annual General Meeting the business shall include the following: 11.2.1 The election/confirmation of members to serve on the Committee; 11.2.2 The appointment of an Auditor or Auditors, 11.2.3 The consideration of an Annual Report of the work done by or under the auspices of the Committee; Page 9 of 11
  10. 10. Constitution of Sangale Community Development Association 11.2.4 The consideration of the audited accounts; 11.2.5 The transaction of such other matters as may from time to time be considered necessary. 12.0 SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING12.1 The CD may at any time at its discretion and shall upon a requisition signed by not less than half plus 1 (one) of Corporate members, having the power to vote and giving reasons for the request, call a Special General Meeting of the Association for the purpose of altering the Constitution in accordance with Clause 15 hereof or of considering any matter which may be referred to them by the CD or for any other purpose.13.0 RULES OF PROCEDURE AT ALL MEETINGS Voting 13.1 Subject to the provisions of Clause 15 hereof all questions arising at any meeting shall be decided by a simple majority of those present and entitled to vote thereat. [In case of an equality of votes the Chairperson shall have a second or casting vote]. Minutes 13.2 Minute books shall be kept by the CD, MC and all sub committees and the appropriate Secretary shall enter therein a record of all proceedings and resolutions. Quorum 13.3 The quorum at General Meetings of the Association shall be Half plus1 (one) of Corporate Members and at meetings of the MC shall be Half plus 1 (one) or such other numbers as the CD may from time to time determine. Standing Orders 13.4 The CD shall have power to adopt and issue Standing Orders and/or Rules for the Association. Such Standing Orders and/or Rules shall come into operation immediately PROVIDED ALWAYS THAT they shall be subject to review by the Association in General Meeting and shall not be inconsistent with this Constitution. Page 10 of 11
  11. 11. Constitution of Sangale Community Development Association14.0 ALTERATIONS TO THE CONSTITUTION14.1 Any alterations to this Constitution shall receive the assent of not less than three quarter plus one of the corporate members of the Association present and voting at the Annual General Meeting or a meeting specially called for the purpose and not less than two thirds other categories of members of the Association in attendance; PROVIDED THAT notice of any such alteration shall have been received by the Honorary Secretary in writing not less than 21 clear days before the meeting at which the alteration is to be brought forward.14.2 At least 14 clear days’ notice in writing of the meeting setting forth the terms of the alteration to be proposed shall be sent by the Honorary Secretary to each member of the CD, PROVIDED FURTHER THAT no alteration shall be made which would cause the Association to cease to be a charity at law.15.0 DISSOLUTION15.1 If the MC by a two thirds majority decides at any time that on the grounds of expense or otherwise it is necessary or advisable to dissolve the Association, they shall call a meeting of full members of the CD Association.15.2 If such decision shall be confirmed in the manner of clause 14.0, the CD shall have power to dispose of any assets held by or in the name of the Association15.3 Any assets remaining after the satisfaction of any proper debts and liabilities shall be given or transferred to such other charitable institution or institutions having objects similar to the objects of the Association as the CD may decide.16.0 INDEMNITY16.1 The Association shall indemnify and keep indemnified every officer, member, volunteer and employee of the Association from and against all claims, demands, actions and proceedings (and all costs and expenses in connection therewith or arising therefrom) made or brought against the Association in connection with its activities, the actions of its officers, members, volunteers or employees, or in connection with its property and equipment but this indemnity shall not extend to liabilities arising from willful and individual fraud, wrongdoing or wrongful omission on the part of the officer, member, volunteer or employee sought to be made liable.16.2 The Treasurer shall effect a policy of insurance in respect of this indemnity. Page 11 of 11