As previously mentioned, the Commissions and Independent Offices serve to entrench good governance and accountability. They also exist to protect the rights and liberties of the people and their sovereign power:
249. (1) The objects of the commissions and the independent offices are to— (a) protect the sovereignty of the people; (b) secure the observance by all State organs of democratic values and principles; and (c) promote constitutionalism.
Writing on "Restructuring the Kenyan State", Joshua M Kivuva says of commissions and the independent offices that, "In a bid to restructure the government to facilitate better provision of services and better systems of accountability, the 2010 Constitution seems to have created a fourth arm of the government ....... that of constitutional office holders and commissions which collectively have far reaching functions and mandates" (Kivuva, 2011).
Given their unique (but constitutional) existence - distinct and separate from the three traditional arms of government, ie., Parliament, the Executive (Cabinet) and the Judiciary - the Commissions and Independent offices are in essence, a creative addition to governance and accountability borne of the people's determination and will to assure themselves that they will be listened to and be well governed in future. In fact, a citizen can take a complaint directly to a Commission or to an Independent Office fully assured that their concern will be addressed:
252. (1) Each commission, and each holder of an independent office— (a) may conduct investigations on its own initiative or on a complaint made by a member of the public; (b) has the powers necessary for conciliation, mediation and negotiation;