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Weekly Newsletter - Issue No 247
5th Aug - 9th Aug 2019

Editorial

Law to effect public participation is a timely proposal

The timing of the Public Participation Bill sponsored by Senator Amos Wako couldn’t have been better with the rising interest by Kenyans to take part in the legislative process. Despite some shortcomings, the Bill forms a good basis to address concerns and doubts raised by many Kenyans who have termed public participation as just a formality. Reasons for this have been the time-constraints, inaccessible information and venues of participation, language barrier and an inefficient feedback mechanism just to mention a few.

The recent call by the Dr Matiang’i led Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government for public views on the controversial Huduma Bill 2019 disregarded the public participation rights as enshrined in several articles in the Constitution. As murmurs on the Bill started getting louder, the Ministry officially made the Bill public and days later, notified Kenyans of a public hearing that was to be held in two weeks. Two weeks that wouldn’t be enough for wide circulation of the notice to all Kenyans for them to familiarize themselves with the Bill before submitting their memoranda to their County Deputy Commissioners. Because of the technical nature of written memoranda, public hearings were made an alternative through which views by the public can be presented. But of what use are they, if they are confined to one location during a day when most Kenyans are attending to their day jobs? That aside, it didn’t escape Kenyans that the cart was put before the horse in the Huduma Namba context when a law governing the registration of persons came months after millions had already been pushed to share their personal information during registration.

News of the Week

Odinga, Mudavadi urge supporters to oppose Aukot Bill

While hosting Muhoho Kenyatta in Homa Bay, ODM leader Raila Odinga called on supporters to oppose the Punguza Mizigo initiative proposed by Dr Ekuru Aukot. He instead asked Kenyans to support the report by the BBI taskforce which was formed after the handshake. Mr Odinga and ANC leader Musali Mudavadi were in tune this weekend as the latter also expressed his opposition to the Bill saying it had several impractical suggestions. Mudavadi says that Dr Aukot failed to suggest which constituencies he wants reduced and how that will be done.

                                                                                                      

Muturi faults Executive's laxity on fight against corruption

Speaker Justin Muturi says rampant corruption in public service continues to thrive because the Executive does not act on recommendations of Parliament on the reports by the Auditor-General. He says when the loss of public funds through procurement is flagged by the Auditor General and recommendations are given by the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee and Public Investments Committee, nothing happens. Mr Muturi says that the frustrating exercise of implementing these reports has led to Parliament integrating EACC and DCI officers into its committees.

Treasury on the spot over delayed compensation for injured public servants

A report by the Union of Kenya Civil Servants presented to the National Assembly Committee of Labour and Social Services indicates that most civil servants die while chasing compensation for injuries that occur while on duty. According to the report some of the compensation claims date back to 2010 and lawmakers had a difficult time understanding why the National Treasury has been receiving allocation each financial year and yet they don’t settle compensations.
The Interior Ministry is leading among the ministries that do not compensate its workers with a reported figure of 298 injured workers who are demanding Sh 456, 067, 970. The Health ministry follows closely with 98 workers demanding Sh 302 million. The National Police Service owes 60 police injured while on duty Sh 96, 047, 181.

Transport CS summoned over KRA-KPA cargo directive

Deputy Speaker Moses Cheboi has directed the Transport Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia to appear before MPs over the order issued by KPA and KRA that all cargo leaving the port of Mombasa should use the Standard Gauge railway. Most MPs rallied behind Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir who raised concerns over the directive, saying that it would lead to a massive loss of jobs and it was done without consultations and is not supported by law.
Majority leader Aden Duale, minority leader John Mbadi and Kitui South MP Rachael Nyamai said businesses such as warehousing, container freight stations and emerging satellite towns along the Mombasa-Nairobi route could collapse if the directive is implemented by the government.

Youth seek inclusion in BBI proposals

Youth representatives proposed a 30% inclusion of young people in all government bodies, parastatal and political party nominations while they submitted their proposals to the BBI task force at KICC. Youth for BBI are demanding enforcement of the youth policy to ensure that the pool of skills they possess is put to good use through access to opportunities. The group has also called for introduction to innovation and entrepreneurship as a core subject in the school curriculum. The youth representatives are also proposing a standalone Youth ministry at the national level.

Quote of the Week

"The government cannot force the people of Kenya to sanitize a project that is probably not paying for the cost of investment. When SGR was being constructed there were issues being raised that were ignored. So the government can't come and force this project on Kenyans to try and break even. It just shows there wasn't a proper feasibility test done."

Quote by Minority Leader Hon John Mbadi sharing sentiments on the directive by KRA and KPA to have all cargo from the Mombasa Port transported on the Standard Gauge Railway on August 6th, 2019.

Lest we forget

When you call people for public participation on a Tuesday afternoon, one, you are insinuating that they are jobless. Secondly, they will say, “even if I come, what impact will my contribution have on the policy-making process?” That is why we need to be creative enough to even include the use of technology in public participation. Counties need to provide the physical facilities.

Sentiments by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja supporting the County Oversight & Accountability Bill on April 03, 2019.  

Read the Hansard

Newsmaker this Week

Kwale Women Representative, Zuleikhah caused a stir in Parliament after walking in with her five-month-old baby because of a domestic emergency as she later explained. Speaker Christopher Omulele ordered her out citing violations of Standing orders of the House, forcing fellow female legislators to walk out with her in solidarity. This put Parliament on the spot over the matter of an available creche despite passing a motion in 2013 directing the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) to set aside a room within Parliament buildings for breastfeeding mothers. 

... PROFILE

Bills before the National Assembly

First Reading
THE CONSTITUTION OF KENYA (AMENDMENT)(No.2) BILL
- NO. 40 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon George Kariuki GK
Second Reading
THE SECTIONAL PROPERTIES BILL
- NO. 23 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
THE NATIONAL DROUGHT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 26 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
THE ANTI-CORRUPTION AND ECONOMIC CRIMES (AMENDMENT)BILL
- NO. 6 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Ndindi Nyoro
THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 4 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Jude Njomo
THE INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS OF KENYA BILL
- NO. 3 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Chrisantus Wamalwa
THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO.15 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Martha Wangari
THE STATISTICS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 37 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) (NO.3) BILL
- NO. 35 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon William Cheptumo
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
The Statistics (Amendment) Bill
- NO. 37 of 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
The National Flag, Emblems and Names (Amendment) Bill
- SENATE BILL NO. 8 of 2017
Sponsored by Hon Paul Koinange
the salaries and remuneration commission (amendment) bill 
- SENATE BILL NO. 12 of 2018
Sponsored by Hon Joseph Limo
The Nuclear Regulatory Bill
- NO. 27 of 2018
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale

Bills before the Senate

First Reading
THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CHILDREN’S HOMES BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 12 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Agnes Zani
Second Reading
THE COUNTY HALL OF FAME BILL
- NO. 39 OF 2018
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
THE CONSTITUTION OF KENYA (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 2 OF 2019
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
THE CANCER PREVENTION AND CONTROL (AMENDMENT) BILL
-  NO. 9 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Abdullahi Ali
THE CONTROL OF STRAY DOGS BILL
- NO. 4 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Mary Seneta
THE DIVISION OF REVENUE (NO. 2) BILL
- NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILLS NO. 59 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
THE NATURAL RESOURCES (BENEFIT SHARING) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 31 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Agnes Zani
THE ELECTION LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 33 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Ledama Olekina
THE KENYA MEDICAL SUPPLIES AUTHORITY (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 38 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Mary Seneta
THE PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 3 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Dr. Agnes Zani
THE DIVISION OF REVENUE (NO. 2) BILL
- NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 59 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
THE RETIREMENT BENEFITS (DEPUTY PRESIDENT AND DESIGNATED STATE OFFICERS) (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 2 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Ledama Olekina

Public Participation

Departmental Committee on Communication, Information and Innovation invites interested members of the public to submit their views and representations on the Data Protection Bill No. 44 of 2019.  

Kenyans are invited to public hearings in the following counties on the dates scheduled respectively:

1. Mombasa - Kenya School of Government Hall on Thursday, 15 August 2019
2. Kilifi - Makio Kanamai Social Hall on Friday, 16th August 2019
3. Kisumu - New Nyanza Regional Headquarters on Thursday, 22nd August 2019
4. Kakamega - Salvation Army Social Hall on Friday, 23rd August 2019.
5. Kericho - Holy Trinity Academy Hall on Thursday, 29th August 2019.
6. Nakuru - Nakuru Old Town Hall on Friday, 30th August 2019.
7. Laikipia - Nanyuki Social Hall on Friday, 13th September 2019.
8. Isiolo - Silver Bells Hotel on Saturday, 14th September 2019
9. Nairobi - County Hall, Parliament Buildings on Tuesday, 17th September 2019.

 

Departmental Committee on Finance and National Planning invites interested members of the public to submit their views and representations on the Public Finance Management (Amendment) Bill No. 63 of 2019.

Comments, input or memoranda may be forwarded to:
The Clerk of the National Assembly
P.O. Box 41842-00100, Nairobi.


or

hand-delivered to the Office of the Clerk, Main Parliament Buildings, Nairobi on or before, Thursday, 15th August 2019 by 5 pm; or
emailed to clerk@parliament.go.ke before or on, Thursday, 15th August 2019 by 5 pm. 

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