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Weekly Newsletter - Issue No 166
25 December - 31 December, 2017

Editorial

Let Us Embrace Christ’s Values to Change Kenya

In a country where 80% of the population proclaims Christianity we can be sure that for the next one week it’s the message of Christmas that will dominate the country, but do we really manifest the traits and the philosophy of the person whom we celebrate?

Christ the founder of Christianity is the epitome of humility and love. The good teacher came to liberate the world from all forms of hate, theft, indulgence and all such vices, which unfortunately Kenya is deeply submerged in. Why would a country that is so religious be so evil? Is it a case of preaching water then taking wine? Might this be the kind of behavior that led Mahatma Gandhi’s expression of “I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ”.

For instance in Kenya every public function starts with a word of prayer, yet we have one of the most corrupt public service in the world. Through corruption we have lost a lot including lives. We have public servants who embezzle funds even from the most sensitive departments such as health. Not so long ago, we woke up to news that billions of Kenyan shillings couldn’t be accounted for in the Ministry of health – medics were on strike, while hospitals are yet to be equipped and poor Kenyans continue to lose their lives.

Parliament opens every session with prayers, yet we still have members who steal from their Constituency Development Fund kitty without shame. In a country where modesty should be practiced at all cost we have elected leaders whose guiding star is greed.

News of the Week

Mwingi Central MP to draft bill to repeal NTSA Act

Members of Parliament are now voicing their concerns following the increased deaths on the roads. Mwingi Central MP Gideon Mulyungi has promised to bring a bill on the floor of the House to repeal the National Transport and Safety Authority -NTSA Act. National Assembly Minority leader John Mbadi has also called for the disbandment of the body citing inability to enforce existing rules. The calls for disbandment of NTSA come in the wake of a night travel ban that has left hundreds stranded and a sudden surge in fare as the bus companies seek to make a killing. On the last day of 2017, media reports indicated 38 people had died on the Migaa road in Nakuru.

Jubilee House Committee row intensifies

The internal fight within jubilee party over the dewhipping of some MPs from House Committees is set to deepen after National Assembly Majority Leader, Aden Duale rebuked the four MPs who went to court to quash the decision. The Garissa Township MP argued that it was the prerogative of the Party to decide who sits in which committee or not as it was the sponsor.

The MPs who were dewhipped include: Embakasi North MP, James Gakuya, Nandi Hills, Alfred Keter, Marakwest East, David Bowen, and Moiben’s Silas Tiren. Duale admonished them for failing to utilize internal dispute mechanisms where dissatisfied. The four have accused the Majority Leader of harassing law makers and have since sued him, the Speaker of the National Assembly and Majority Whip Benjamin Washiali.

 

It’s money stupid! New MPs tell local paper

Former Ombudsman and now Rarieda MP told the Nation in his new job he is solving nearly all problems using money unlike in his previous role where it was more administrative. Former KTN Journalist and Nyali MP also says his constituents like most parts of the country are about the hand-out culture assuming MPs are moneyed and should be sharing that money. He says he doesn’t do handouts and the move has earned him enemies. Another first time MP Ms. Ruweida Mohammed a former Pilot says her constituents respected her more before she got elected. Now she gets harassed at social functions.

What do you make of the responses by these first time MPs as captured by the Nation? And why are Kenyans so keen on handouts at the expense of genuine development? Send us your thoughts on short code sms number 21516


  

Quote of the Week

"I have challenged Uhuru to show leadership. If he does not, he will have himself to blame."

Quote by NASA Co-Principal and Wiper leader, Kalonzo Musyoka in a bid to get the Jubilee government to dialogue with NASA or risk a swearing-in as earlier threatened by NASA. Statement made on December 30, 2017.

 

Lest we forget

"I feel sometimes constrained to use much stronger language, but the Jubilee Government, in its total misguided approach to issues, instead of getting tankers off the road, they are saying that buses cannot travel at night."

Quote by Senator Moses Wetangula when debating the  adoption of report on familiarization tour of KPA, KPRL and KPC in mombasa county on March 18, 2014.


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Newsmaker this Week

Kisumu Governor, Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o made headlines this week after the court upheld his August 8th victory. The governor’s win was challenged in court by his predecessor Jack Ranguma who claimed the Electoral Independent and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) connived with Prof. Nyong’o to rig him out. The former governor was also asked by the court to bear the cost of the application. The news is welcome for the Kisumu governor who is running behind his 100days pledge to the residents of Kisumu County.

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