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Weekly Newsletter - Issue No 234
29th April - 3rd May 2019

Editorial

MPs’ Greed Just Proves We are On Our Own

News this past week showed the epitome of arrogance and self-centeredness that leaders in this country have with money being at the center of it. A few days after the stormy meeting between Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu and Senate Public Accounts Committee, Kenyans certainly weren’t ready for the revelations of MPs pocketing Sh 250,000 in monthly house allowance.

What shocked most Kenyans is that MPs have been secretly taking a quarter of a million home since August last year and the Speaker of the National Assembly defended this move. If one multiplies this figure to the 416 representatives, they’d easily go over the edge considering how tough the economy is currently.

It appears the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) resolved to pay out this allowance despite opposition from the National Treasury and Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC). This decision stinks of illegality the SRC was not involved yet it is mandated with setting and reviewing the remuneration and benefits of all State Officers as stated in Article 230 (4) (a) of the Constitution. The blatant disregard of the law proves the lengths that MPs are willing to go in order to serve their own interests.

However, what’s more disappointing is that not a single MP has come forward to reject this allowance proving that leaders in this country are cut from the same cloth. They love deluding themselves claiming to be people’s servants while they’re quick to push agendas that only benefit them. For a house that has the responsibility for oversight, this move not only erodes any integrity left but denies them any moral authority to question the actions of those who have misappropriated funds at the county level

News of the Week

National Assembly concerned over government borrowing

Emgwen MP Alex Kosgey proposed a Bill before the Budgets and Appropriations Committee (BAC), that will see public debt capped at Ksh 6 trillion, since parliament currently has no role in controlling the government’s borrowing appetite. The Committee meeting chaired by Kimani Ichung’wah preceded revelations by Parliament of 8 companies that were used to guarantee government loans worth Ksh 147.7 billion, at risk of being attached should the Executive fail to honor its obligation.
Parliament warned that the country is at risk of failing to refinance its debts. Current debt refinancing is at 50% of the total projected revenues and this requires cautious domestic revenue management. A report tabled before BAC of the National Assembly revealed the 8 companies include; Kenya Airways, KPA, Kenya Power, Ken-Gen, National Broadcaster-KBC, Kenya Railways, Tana and Athi River Development Authority and EA Portland Cement.

                                                                                                     

Kiunjuri, Kiraitu to lead talks among divided Central leaders

Mt Kenya politicians have picked Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi and Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri to spearhead talks aimed at ending growing division among the region’s leaders on President Uhuru’s Succession. The two promised to first seek Uhuru’s directive as they plan to pick his successor in the region’s politics. The leaders are also planning more structured meetings with DP Ruto, specifically to negotiate with him on what he should offer the region in return for support in 2022.

No extension of registration deadline for Huduma Namba

Central Regional Commissioner, Wilson Nyagwanga is urging Kenyans to register for the Huduma Number since there’ll be no extension of the deadline because the government doesn’t have a budget to carry out the programme after May 17th. This statement puts Kenyans in limbo as it goes against the High Court ruling that suspended the deadline on registration. 

Quote of the Week

"Do we need to fix the constitution or are we in a constitutional moment? I don't think we're in a constitutional moment like we were in 2010. Fixing and continuous improvements have to be done but we're not in a crisis to warrant a constitutional moment"

Quote by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria during the Constitutional Debate responding to the question of whether there's need to have a referendum on May 3rd, 2019. 

Lest we forget

"For us to reduce the wage bill, we should oppose this Bill. By doing that, we will bring the wage bill down. We have also to fight corruption from the highest to the lowest level. We have also to fight nepotism, tribalism and also spread the national cake equally."

Sentiments by the late Kitui West MP, Francis Mwanzia Nyenze on the floor of the House contributing to the debate on the Kenya Qualifications Framework Bill on March 11th, 2014.

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Newsmaker this Week

Kiambu Governor, Ferdinand Waititu was put on the hot seat when he appeared before the Senate's Public Accounts and Investments Committee to answer questions concerning the Auditor General's queries on his county's expenditure in the FY 2017/18. The Auditor's findings revealed that Waititu allocated Ksh 591 million to State Corporation advisory service, Ksh 180 million for retired presidents' upkeep, Sh 58 million to South Sudan peace talks and Sh 793 million to Free Primary Education. In his defense, Waititu claimed that the document containing the shocking figures was "sneaked" into the audit report that the Senators were referring to, as he was also unaware of the improper expenditures. 

... PROFILE

Bills before the National Assembly

First Reading
THE SECTIONAL PROPERTIES BILL
- NO. 23 OF 2019  
Sponsored by Leader of Majority Hon Aden Duale
THE NATIONAL DROUGHT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 26 OF 2019 
Sponsored by Leader of Majority Hon Aden Duale
THE PUBLIC SERVICE (VALUES AND PRINCIPLES) (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 17 OF 2019  
Sponsored by Hon Andrew Mwadime
THE PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 22 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Kimani Ichung'wah
THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 24 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Jude Njomo
THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 27 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Benjamin Gathiru Mwangi
THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL
- NO. 30 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Jeremiah Ngayu Kioni
THE KENYA FOOD AND DRUGS AUTHORITY BILL
- NO. 31 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Dr. Robert Pukose
THE CROPS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 32 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Moses Kuria
Second Reading
THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY ATTORNEY BILL
- SENATE BILL NO. 03 OF 2018
Sponsored by Leader of Majority Hon Aden Duale
THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY BILL
- NO. 27 OF 2018
Sponsored by Leader of Majority Hon Aden Duale 
THE STATUTE LAW (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL
- NO. 21 OF 2019
Sponsored by Leader of Majority Hon Aden Duale
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
The Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments)(No.2) Bill
- NO. 13 OF 2018
Sponsored by Leader of Majority Hon Aden Duale
The Kenya Accreditation Service Bill
- NO. 17 OF 2018
Sponsored by Leader of Majority Hon Aden Duale 

Bills before the Senate

First Reading
THE COUNTY ALLOCATION OF REVENUE BILL
- NO. 8 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Mahamud Mohamed Maalim
Second Reading
THE DIVISION OF REVENUE BILL
- NO. 11 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
THE DIVISION OF REVENUE BILL
- NATIONAL ASSEMBLY NO. 01 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen

Public Participation

The Departmental Committee on the Administration and National Security invites interested members of the public to submit any representations they may have on the Public Order (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 14 of 2019) by Wednesday 8th May 2019 at 5:00 pm. 

Comments, input or memoranda may be forwarded to:
The Clerk of the National Assembly,
P.O. Box 41842-00100, Nairobi 

hand-delivered to the Office of the Clerk, Main Parliament Building; or
emailed to clerk@parliament.go.ke to be received on or before the Wednesday 8th May, 2019 at 5:00pm.

The Departmental Committee on the Administration and National Security invites interested members of the public to submit any representations they may have on the County Governments (Amendment) Bill (Senate Bill No. 13 of 2018) by Wednesday 8th May 2019 at 5:00 pm. 

Comments, input or memoranda may be forwarded to:
The Clerk of the National Assembly,
P.O. Box 41842-00100, Nairobi 

hand-delivered to the Office of the Clerk, Main Parliament Building; or
emailed to clerk@parliament.go.ke to be received on or before the Wednesday 8th May, 2019 at 5:00pm.

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