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Weekly Newsletter - Issue No 256
14th October - 18th October 2019

Editorial

Leaders Should Learn a Thing or Two from Our Heroes

The fanfare during the Mashujaa Celebrations at the Mama Ngina Water Front in Mombasa was a good attempt at making up for the silent return of sporting heroes; Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei. Their individual record-breaking moments in Vienna and Chicago respectively gave Kenya a moment to be proud of, one that will linger for a while.

The highlight of these annual celebrations must have been the moment that President Uhuru Kenyatta presented Eliud with the Elder of the Golden Heart (EGH) medal. There was a countrywide consensus that Eliud was deserving of the award as he has continuously displayed true heroism and patriotism through his many achievements. Perhaps unbeknownst to him, he has singlehandedly reignited a sense of hope and optimism among the youth especially, to pursue their dreams without tiring.

The award was also a departure from the last two years’ which were characterized by public complaints and controversy, brought about by the credibility of those to whom the honours were conferred.  Instead, thought and process seems to have been given to this year’s awards, with deliberate efforts to only recognize those deemed deserved of the awards.  This was in line with the guidelines in the National Honours Act 2013. Section 4 of the Act defines the “persons on whom national honours to be conferred”.

A person shall merit the conferment of a national honour if the person is – (a) a person who exhibited or exhibits exemplary qualities, actions or achievements of heroism, sacrifice, bravery, patriotism or leadership for the defence, benefit or betterment of the country or a county; (b) a person who has made an exemplary contribution to the country or a county in the economic, social, scientific, academic, public administration, governance, sports, journalism, business, security or other fields;” it says.

News of the Week

Lifestyle audit to be backed by law

Lifestyle Audit Bill 2019, sponsored by Sen.Farhiya Haji, seeks to provide a framework for the lifestyle audit process, standards of professional conduct when carrying out lifestyle audit bodies to be involved in lifestyle audit, unexplained wealth. The Bill will ensure public scrutiny of declared riches in a move that gives legal backing to President’s directive for a lifestyle audit. In addition, it will see public officers who fail to account for their wealth forfeit it to the state. The new Bill seeks to amend Section 30 of the public officers Ethics Act to make the declaration of income, assets and liabilities open to public scrutiny. 
It further advocates for a coordinated approach by investigative State agencies such as the KRA, EACC and DCI when conducting a lifestyle audit on any targeted public officer. Public officers who fail to account for their wealth will face jail time of 2 years and a fine of not less than Sh 5 million if the Bill becomes law.

Senate raises concerns over Medical Equipment initiative

The Senate has now termed the controversial Managed Equipment Services (MES) initiative as “a scandal of all time” following damning revelations by the Council of Governors (CoG). The description came as governors disclosed that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s promise to form a task force to probe the Sh63 billion MES programme is yet to be implemented.
Appearing before the Senate ad hoc committee on Managed Equipment Services yesterday, CoG chairman Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega Governor) said the 47 counties never requested for the MES project and if they did, the Ministry of Health should have first supplied adequate information before the devolved units committed to the project.
Oparanya said while permitting the programme, the ministry said the type of equipment prioritised under the MES project was informed by a needs assessment conducted in March 2014 without the involvement of any of the 47 county governments.

Quote of the Week

"One of the best ways of ensuring that young persons in this country continue walking in the right path is to appreciate success. I want to plead with colleagues that we institutionalize appreciating people who do well, this will go a long way in ensuring that young persons in this nation are inspired

Quote by Migori Senator Ochilo Ayacko, while supporting a motion on the commendation of Eliud Kipchoge on October 16th 2019.
 

Lest we forget

"Therefore, it is important to fund sports specifically and sufficiently. We have a lot of talents in the country. Most of them have been discouraged, first, by lack of facilities and secondly, by the uncertainty as to payments of sportspeople in the country. Sports are so important because they promote our country outside"

Sentiments by Makueni MP Daniel Maanzo as he supported the Sports (Amendment) Bill 2018 on February 20th 2019.

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Newsmaker this Week

Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa was arrested after one person was shot dead a scuffle between rival ODM Party supporters in Ganda Ward, Kilifi County. She was detained alongside four other people who were in her house at the time police stormed in. The shooting of Ruben Katana happened when Ms Jumwa and her team stormed his house where he was meeting poll agents ahead of the by-election that was held on Thursday, October 17th 2019. 

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Bills before the National Assembly

First Reading
Second Reading
THE PETITION TO COUNTY ASSEMBLIES (PROCEDURE) BILL
- SENATE BILL NO. 22 OF 2018
Sponsored by Hon William Cheptumo
THE COUNTY GOVERNMENTS (REVENUE RAISING PROCESS) BILL
- NO. 24 OF 2018
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 LIVESTOCK AND LIVESTOCK PRODUCTS MARKETING BOARD BILL
- NO. 2 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Bashir Abdullaih
THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT CONSTITUENCIES DEVELOPMENT FUND (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 16 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Makali Mulu
THE REPRESENTATION OF SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 52 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Jeremiah Kioni
THE DATA PROTECTION BILL
- NO. 44 OF 2019  
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
THE PARLIAMENTARY PENSIONS (AMENDMENT)(No.3) BILL
- NO. 57 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Andrew Mwadime
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
The Nuclear Regulatory Bill
- NO. 27 OF 2018 
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 REGISTRATION OF PERSONS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 14 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen (Dr.) Isaac Mwaura
THE CARE AND PROTECTION OF CHILD PARENTS BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 11 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Beatrice Kwamboka
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
THE COMMISSION ON ADMINISTRATIVE JUSTICE BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 6 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Petronilla Were Lokorio
THE NATURAL RESOURCES (BENEFIT SHARING) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 31 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Agnes Zani
THE PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 3 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Agnes Zani
THE RETIREMENT BENEFITS (DEPUTY PRESIDENT AND DESIGNATED STATE OFFICERS) (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 2 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Ledama Olekina
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 Seneta

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