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Weekly Newsletter - Issue No 243
8th July - 12th July 2019

Editorial

Impasse on the Revenue Bill needs a prompt solution

The Council of Governors’ march to the Supreme Court on Monday, July 15th 2019 portrayed a frustrated lot with activities in their respective counties threatening to come to a standstill over the Revenue Bill crisis. Despite going into mediation talks, both Houses have refused to cede ground over the proposed allocations for the financial year 2019/2020.

National Assembly’s initial proposal of Sh 310 billion was bumped to Sh 316 billion, but the figure couldn’t match Senate’s proposed Sh 327 billion. National Assembly insists that their proposal has been advised by the funds presently available at National Treasury. Forming the basis upon which the Governors sought the court’s advisory as The Division of Revenue Act 2018 provides that any shortfall in revenue should be borne by the national government making the reduction of funds to counties baseless.

In a bid to silence the demands from Senate and Council of Governors, Majority Leader Aden Duale challenged county governments to prove what they have achieved with previous allocations to warrant an increase in funds. Not only does this fuel the narrative of counties’ greed but it plants a seed of doubt in the effectiveness of devolution. Contrary to popular belief, counties have made great milestones since the inception of the devolved system. They have over time proved to be capable of creating a thriving and sustainable economy and ecosystem tailored to meet the unique needs of each county.

News of the Week

MPs want KPA deals with firms made public

The Committee of Transport claims Kenya Ports Authority has been operating without declaring profits despite using national resource. This comes after President Kenyatta oversaw the signing of agreements that will see the revival of the Kenya National Shipping Line (KNSL) to manage modern Container Terminal Two.

                                                                                                      

NEMA on the spot for EPL license

MPs have faulted NEMA for its failure to license Erdemann Property Limited (EPL) to complete the constructing of 688 housing units under the Affordable Housing Programme. NEMA has been accused by the Committee on Implementation of punishing EPL for mistakes committed by London Distillers Kenya - which has been emitting toxic fumes within Athi River.                                                                 

Kiunjuri accused of faking maize shortage

A section of Rift Valley MPs has attacked Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri, accusing him of protecting cartels in the ministry urging the President to sack him. The MPs rejected the claim of maize shortage and challenged the CS to come clean on who he is working for after saying the country plans to import 19 million bags of maize, yet farmers anticipate a bumper harvest in two months. The CS said the statements on maize imports were reckless and amounted to insubordination.

Quote of the Week

"We cannot wake up day in day out to listen to politics. This country does not belong to a few individuals and we are tired. Leaders should stop divisive politics and focus on uniting Kenyans"

Quote by Gatundu South MP Hon Moses Kuria who called out leaders allied to Tanga Tanga and Kieleweke camps over premature 2022 politics instead of focusing on delivering their manifestos July 8th 2019.

Lest we forget

"Therefore, it is important for the Senate to start looking at issues like the one we are discussing now. We know that devolution did not come just like a flower; it is a job to be done. It will take us several years before we are all convinced that it is here to stay."

Sentiments by the late former Laikipia Senator GG Kariuki during the debate on the Office of County Attorney Bill on October 13th 2015.

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Newsmaker this Week

Rarieda legislator Otiende Amollo reignited the heated conversation on MPs' salaries after he claimed to be broke as a lawmaker than in any other position he has served before in his career journey. He said this on NTV's AM Live Show where other panelists; Senator Aaron Cheruiyot, Senator Kimani Wamatangi and former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo defended the move to increase MPs' perks which was the topic of discussion during the show. Amollo attributed his "broke" state to him using his earnings to meet his constituents' needs, a sentiment that was shared by Nairobi Women Rep Esther Passaris who used this as a basis to seek more allowances.

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Bills before the Senate

First Reading
Second Reading
THE KENYA MEDICAL SUPPLIES AUTHORITY (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 38 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Mary Seneta
THE COUNTY HALL OF FAME BILL
- NO. 39 OF 2018
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
THE PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 1 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Aaron Cheruiyot and Sen Isaac Mwaura
THE CONSTITUTION OF KENYA (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 2 OF 2019
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
THE PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 3 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Agnes Zani
THE CONTROL OF STRAY DOGS BILL
- NO. 4 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Mary Seneta
THE COMMISSION ON ADMINISTRATIVE JUSTICE (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 6 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Petronilla Were Lokorio
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM AND HERITAGE (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 7 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Alice Milgo
THE CANCER PREVENTION AND CONTROL (AMENDMENT) BILL
-  NO. 9 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Abdullahi Ali
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
THE RETIREMENT BENEFITS (DEPUTY PRESIDENT AND DESIGNATED STATE OFFICERS) (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SEN. BILLS NO. 2 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Ledama Olekina
THE STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SEN BILLS NO. 24 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Samuel Poghisio
THE NATIONAL COHESION AND PEACE BUILDING BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 35 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Judith Pareno
THE DETERMINATION OF THE NATURE OF BILLS (PROCEDURE) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 30 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen. Mutula Kilonzo Jnr. and Sen Sakaja Johnson
THE COUNTY OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 28 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Ledama Olekina
THE DATA PROTECTION BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 16 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Gideon Moi
THE LOCAL CONTENT BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 10 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Gideon Moi
THE NATURAL RESOURCES (BENEFIT SHARING) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 31 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Agnes Zani
THE ELECTION LAWS (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 37 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Agnes Zani
THE MENTAL HEALTH (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 32 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Sylvia Kasanga

Public Participation

The Senate Standing Committee on Tourism, Trade and Industrialization now invites interested members of the public to submit their views on The Street Vendors Bill (Senate Bills No. 3 of 2019).

Public Hearings shall be held on Tuesday, 30th July 2019 from 10:00 am to 12 pm at Mini Chamber, First Floor, County Hall, Parliament Buildings, Nairobi; 

or 

Written memoranda can be forwarded to the:

The Clerk of the Senate/ Secretary, Parliamentary Service Commission
P.O. Box 41842 – 00100 Nairobi


or

hand-delivered to the Office of the Clerk/ Secretary Parliamentary Service Commission, First Floor, Main Parliament, Nairobi

or

emailed to csenate@parliament.go.ke, to be received on or before Tuesday, 30th July 2019 at 5:00 pm.
 

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