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Weekly Newsletter - Issue No 261
25th November - 29th November 2019

Editorial

Citizen Participation in the BBI Process

Almost a year after the Handshake, the Building Bridges Initiative Advisory Taskforce presented its final report to President Uhuru Kenyatta. Thereafter, in a colourful ceremony attended by almost all politicians at the Bomas of Kenya, the full report was launched and released to the public for reading and further scrutiny. The Building Bridges Report encompasses nine key areas of focus that have been identified to be vital to the building and sustaining of a stable and united Kenya. The nine areas examined are: the lack of a national ethos, the responsibilities and rights of the State and the citizens respectively, reducing ethnic antagonism and competition, divisive elections, inclusivity, devolution, shared prosperity, corruption and safety and security. The matter of Commissions and other cross-cutting issues were also looked into.

In its opening remarks of the report, the Taskforce states that ‘more than 7000 citizens from all ethnic groups, genders, cultural and religious practices, and from different social and economic backgrounds were consulted.’ Further, it provides that more than 400 elected leaders, both past and present; youth from the counties, 123 individuals representing major institutions and 751 citizens via handwritten submissions participated in the public forums that were held to collect views during the process.

The recent 2019 census results show that Kenya has 47, 564,296 people. The Taskforce provides that it consulted ‘more than 7000’ citizens. Is this really representative of the views of all Kenyans? Were all Kenyan citizens given an opportunity to make representations on the nine key areas supposed to create a better Kenya?

News of the Week

BBI Report Released

The BBI report was finally launched at the Bomas of Kenya in the presence of President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, NASA Leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka among leaders from both sides of the divide. This came 20 months after the March 9th Handshake. Chaired by Senator Yusuf Haji the taskforce collated views from more than 7000 Kenyans after touring various parts of the country. MPs from both Houses were present at the release of the 156-page document thus putting a hold on Thursday Parliament proceedings.

MPs annul online land transaction laws

Parliament cancelled a notice published on April 4 that stopped manual transactions in favour of automation in a switch that had locked out lawyers who charge fees for the service. According to the Land Registration (Electronic Land Transactions) Regulations 2019, all property transactions including searches, application for registration of documents, transfer of ownership or lease, caution and withdrawal of caution, as well as the issuance of consent and valuation requests was to be done online. The Ministry of Lands had announced in April that it would discontinue manual transactions at both the Nairobi and Central registries, a move that saw lawyers obtain court orders halting the switch.
National Assembly Committee on Delegated Legislation, however, threw out the rules after concluding that the Land ministry did not demonstrate it conducted public participation in the development of the regulations contrary to section 5 and 5A of the Statutory Instruments Act.

Quote of the Week

"As we comb through the Whistleblowers Protection Bill, we need to look at it objectively. We're not doing it to hurt anyone. We need the Whistleblowers Act in place, not today but yesterday."

Quote by Mbeere North MP Hon Charles Njagagua during the Civil Society Parliamentary Engagement Network (CSPEN) Framework Retreat on November 26th 2019.

Bills before the National Assembly

First Reading
THE NATURAL RESOURCES (BENEFIT SHARING) BILL
- SENATE BILL NO. 31 OF 2018
Sponsored by Hon Kareke Mbiuki
THE PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILL NO. 3 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Joseph Limo
THE COMMISSION ON ADMINISTRATIVE JUSTICE (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILL NO. 6 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon William Cheptumo
Second Reading
THE COUNTY GOVERNMENTS (REVENUE RAISING PROCESS) BILL
- NO. 24 OF 2018
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
THE INSURANCE (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 50 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
THE PARLIAMENTARY PENSIONS (AMENDMENT)(No.3) BILL
- NO. 57 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Andrew Mwadime
THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT CONSTITUENCIES DEVELOPMENT FUND (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO.16 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon (Dr.) Makali Mulu
THE TEA BILL
- SENATE BILL NO. 36 OF 2018
Sponsored by Hon Adan Hajj
THE EQUALISATION FUND BILL
- NO. 43 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Kassait Kamket
THE GAMING BILL
- NO. 38 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Victor Munyaka
THE KENYA INSTITUTE OF CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 33 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Joyce Emanikor
THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 4 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Jude Njomo
THE HIGHER EDUCATION LOANS BOARD (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 9 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Ruweida M. Obo
THE PUBLIC ORDER (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 14 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Simon King’ara
THE PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 22 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Kimani Ichung’wah
THE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT AND ASSET DISPOSAL (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 36 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Rigathi Gachagua
THE IMPEACHMENT PROCEDURE BILL
- SENATE BILL NO. 15 OF 2018
Sponsored by Hon William Cheptumo
THE KENYA ROADS BOARD (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 77 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
The Public Finance Management (Amendment) Bill
- NO. 51 OF 2017
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
The Nuclear Regulatory Bill
- NO 27 of 2018
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
The Competition (Amendment) Bill
- NO. 49 of 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
The Insurance (Amendment) Bill
- NO. 50 of 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale

Bills before the Senate

First Reading
Second Reading
THE KENYAN SIGN LANGUAGE BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 15 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen (Dr.) Getrude Musuruve and Sen. (Prof.) Margaret Kamar
THE CARE AND PROTECTION OF CHILD PARENTS BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 11 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Beatrice Kwamboka
THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 14 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Isaac Mwaura
THE ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 19 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Sylvia Kasanga
THE COUNTY LICENSING (UNIFORM PROCEDURE) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 17 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Mercy Chebeni
THE STATUTE LAW (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) (NO. 2) BILL
- NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILLS NO. 13 OF 2018
Sponsored by Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL
- NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILLS NO. 35 OF 2019
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
THE ELECTION (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 18 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Ephraim Maina
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
THE ELECTION LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILLS 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 Senata
THE CANCER PREVENTION AND CONTROL (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 9 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Dr. Abdullahi Ali
THE COUNTY HALL OF FAME BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 39 OF 2018
Sponsored by Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
THE COUNTY TOURISM BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 5 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Agnes Zani
THE STREET VENDORS (PROTECTION OF LIVELIHOOD) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 10 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Charles Kibiru
THE RETIREMENT BENEFITS (DEPUTY PRESIDENT AND DESIGNATED STATE OFFICERS) (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 2 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Ledama Olekina
THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CHILDREN’S HOMES BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 12 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Agnes Zani

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