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Weekly Newsletter - Issue No 79
18th - 24 April, 2016

Editorial

Hostility among government officials only hurts the country

Not so long ago Kenyans were ranked second happiest people in the region after Somali. For a happy people, it’s rather disturbing how quarrelsome and petty we can get with each other. From the National to the devolved government, Senate to National Assembly, Kenyans are always shouting at each other.

The apparent grudge the two levels of government have towards each other is playing out in Parliament. The Senate and National Assembly are at each other’s neck. One minute debating which House is more powerful, the next minute ignoring reason from either side.

The confusion that has characterized the implementation of the Constitution has been baffling to say the least.  Whether one supported the Constitution or not is inconsequential, it reflects the will of the people and its words are law.

It’s not lost to the public, especially those acquainted with devolution matters, the frustration devolved governments have faced courtesy of the national government. Point in case being the late disbursement of funds and failure to honor transition of important devolved services, which are still run by State parastatals.

Nonetheless, the public remains aware of the monies squandered by the devolved government in useless projects that have little bearing for the country or the specific counties. From overpriced wheelbarrows to bloated county legal charges.

News of the Week

Senators, MPs skip the 3rd  Devolution Conference
Two Senators and only on MP attended the 3rd annual Devolution conference in Meru confirming the stalemate between the governors and lawmakers in the country.

The legislators boycotted the event organised by the council of governors over what most of them term "devolved corruption" following numerous media reports concerning mismanagement of county funds.

President Kenyatta's speech read on his behalf by the Devolution CS Mwangi Kiunjuri was big on graft at the county level which the governors did not take too well.

Senators boycotted the event explaining that governors have not been open with information regarding their management of county funds. They also complained that they have an oversight role in county activities yet they were not involved in the planning of the event.

Critics of the Devolution Conference also argue that the resolutions made in these conferences are never implemented hence the conference should for that reason not be taken seriously

Governors on the other hand claim the boycott is indeed proof that Senators are the enemy of devolution. The conference was hosted in Meru county at a cost of Ksh.130 million.

 

Quote of the Week

“ .. Article 91 (2) provides for what a political party must not be or must not do. It states:- “A political party shall not be founded on religious, linguistic, racial, ethnic, gender, regional basis or seek to engage in advocacy of hatred on any such basis.” There has been debate in recent days of pastoralists or the people from the Coast desiring to form a political party whose nature, motivation and character would be nothing other than regionality, ethnicity or communality. That would be an endeavour in futility because it would be a violation of Article 91 of the Constitution.”

Sentiments by Hon. Ababu Namwamba during the debate on Thet Political Parties (Amendment) Bill
on March 17th, 2016

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Lest we forget

“ It is important for counties to appreciate that, one, they need revenue but they also need to attract businesses to their counties. They need to attract investors and to be reasonable. They need to facilitate business and trade...”

Sentiments by Sen. Billow Kerrow when debating  
The county governments public finance managementtransition (amendment) bill, 2013
 on October 29th, 2013

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Newsmaker this Week

Nominated MP Johnson Sakaja has been on the news for the right reasons. Hon. Sakaja has proposed to ammend the Kenya Deposit Insurance Act to cushion depositors in the event of a bank collapse

Hon. Sakaja's Bill proposes the minimum amount the Kenya Deposit Insurance Corporation pays to depositors increased from Sh100,000 to Sh2 million.

The Bill which is ready for publication and introduction to the house also proposes amendment to Section 28 of the Kenya Deposit Insurance Act so that people holding multiple accounts paid up to a maximum of Sh2 million on each of their accounts.

Three banks have collapsed in the last year, however Chase bank is set to reopen this week.




 

Bills before the National Assembly

First Reading
THE CONSTITUTION OF KENYA (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 07 OF 2016
Sponsored by Hon. Mithika Linturi
THE VALUE ADDED TAX (AMENDMENT) BILL (NO.7 OF 2016) sponsored by The Hon. Wafula Wamunyinyi
- NO. 07 OF 2015
Sponsored by  Hon. Wafula Wamunyinyi
Second Reading
THE LAND LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 55 OF 2015
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
THE CONSTITUTION OF KENYA (AMENDMENT) (No. 4) BILL
- NO. 38 OF 2015
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
THE ELECTION LAWS (AMENDMENT) (NO.3) BILL
- NO. 63 OF 2015
Sponsored by the Chairperson, Departmental Committee of Justice and Legal Affairs Hon. Samuel Chepkong'a
THE JUDICIARY FUND BILL
- NO. 03 OF 2016
Sponsored by the Chairperson, Departmental Committee of Justice and Legal Affairs Hon. Samuel Chepkong'a
THE KENYA ROADS BILL
- NO. 26 OF 2015
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
THE WAREHOUSE RECEIPTS SYSTEM BILL
- NO. 12 OF 2015
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
THE BANKING (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 62 OF 2015
Sponsored by Hon. Jude Njomo

THE JUDICIARY FUND BILL
- NO. 03 OF 2016
Sponsored by the Chairperson, Departmental Committee of Justice and Legal Affairs Hon. Samuel Chepkong'a
THE SEEDS AND PLANT VARIETIES (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 43 OF 2015
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
THE ELECTION LAWS (AMENDMENT)
- NO. 63 OF 2015
Sponsored by the Chairperson, Departmental Committee of Justice and Legal Affairs Hon. Samuel Chepkong'a
THE MISCELLANEOUS FEES AND LEVIES BILL
- NO. 30 OF 2015
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
THE KENYA DEFENCE FORCES (AMENDMENT) BILL (BILL NO. 41 OF 2015) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party
 
- NO. 41 OF 2015
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale


THE CONTROLLER OF BUDGET BILL
- NO. 21 OF 2015
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
THE LAND LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 55 OF 2015
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

The Community Land Bill
- NO. 45 OF 2015
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

The Political Parties (Amendment) Bill
- NO. 07 OF 2015
Sponsored by the Chairperson, Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs  Hon. Samuel Chepkong'a

The Energy Bill
- NO. 50 OF 2015
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

The Private Security Regulation Bill
- NO. 04 OF 2014
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
The Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Bill
- NO. 44 OF 2015
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

Bills before the Senate

First Reading
THE MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS AND DENTISTS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 02 OF 2016
Sponsored by Sen (Prof.) Wilfred Lesan

THE POLITICAL PARTIES (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 05 OF 2015
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader  Sen. (Prof) Kithure Kindiki

THE FOREST CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT BILL
- NO. 49 OF 2015
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader  Sen. (Prof) Kithure Kindiki


THE PROTECTION OF TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND CULTURAL EXPRESSIONS BILL
- NO. 48 OF 2015
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader  Sen. (Prof) Kithure Kindiki
Second Reading
THE DIVISION OF REVENUE BILL
- NO. 04 OF 2016
Sponsored by the Senate Majority Leader Sen. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki
THE COUNTY GOVERNMENTS (AMENDMENT) (NO. 4) BILL
- NO. 18 OF 2014
Sponsored by Sen. Kipchumba Murkomen
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House

Public Participation

Deadline for submitting representation on the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2016  is on Wednesday 4th May, 2016.

Interested members of Public are advised to forward their presentations to:
The Clerk of the National Assembly,
P.O. Box 41842 – 00100 Nairobi

hand-delivered to the Office of the Clerk of National Assembly, Main Parliament Buildings, Nairobi; or
emailed to clerk@parliament.go.ke on or before Wednesday,4th May 2016.

Deadline for submitting representation on the Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is on Wednesday 4th May 2016.

Interested members of Public are advised to forward their presentations to:
The Clerk of the National Assembly,
P.O. Box 41842 – 00100 Nairobi

hand-delivered to the Office of the Clerk of National Assembly, Main Parliament Buildings, Nairobi; or
emailed to clerk@parliament.go.ke on or before Wednesday,4th May 2016.

Deadline for submitting the Basic Education (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bill no.35 of 2014) is on Thursday 28th April, 2016.

Public hearing shall be held at Shimba Hills Hall, First Floor, Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) on Thursday 28th April from 10:00am to 1:00pm; or

written Memoranda can be forwarded to:
The Clerk of the Senate,
P.O. Box 41842 – 00100 Nairobi

hand-delivered to the Office of the Clerk, First Floor, Main Parliament Buildings, Nairobi; or
emailed to csenate@parliament.go.ke on or before Thursday 28th April 2016 at 5:00pm

Invitation to the members of the public to support the #DualeBill 

HOW? Show your support by tweeting or posting a facebook post about the Bill for awareness.

Members of public are further encouraged to tag their respective women Rep and MP on these posts or directly ask them to attend Parliament this Wednesday 27th April, in the afternoon and vote YES!

The principal object of this Bill is to amend the Constitution to ensure that the membership of the National Assembly-and the Senate conforms to the two-thirds gender principle enunciated in Article 81 (b) of the Constitution.

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