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Mzalendo's Weekly Newsletter
Issue No 71: 22nd - 28th Feb 2016

  • NYS saga, well, sounds more like Waiguru saga? This week,as, has been the “tradition” since the scandal broke, newspaper headlines have been awash with Waiguru’s stories from Ms. Kabura’s affidavit that opened fresh investigations on her by the EACC to "gifting" of 47 top of the range vehicles to county women reps not forgetting her own affidavit that has roped in Jubilee bigwigs, Ms.Waiguru has been at the center of it all. Nobody knows who is writing the next affidavit that will get EACC starting over another big scandal that's already under investigation. More importantly, why is the local media merely narrating these scandals as the authors of the affidavits dictate? What happened to investigative journalism? 
 
  • Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) confirmed what many Kenyans already know concerning the slow wheel of justice with regards to big corruption cases.
    While releasing a status report on high profile cases Mr. Keriako Tobiko revealed that defendants file judicial reviews to block or delay prosecution as was the case with Anglo Leasing scandal.
    The other challenge the DPP's office experiences is the procuring of witnesses. For instance the case against Mr. Thuita Mwangi, former Foreign Affairs Ps who was charged with the irregular purchase of a building for the Kenyan embassy in Tokyo, Japan, at a cost of Ksh1.57 billion has delayed due to difficulties in obtaining witnesses based in the Japanese capital.
 
  • UN Trade Chief Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi while giving a keynote address at the Kisii Entrepreneurship summit asked politicians to stop hurting the economy with continuous political bickering and instead focus on building the nation.
    He noted sadly, that while other countries’ economy has developed because of politics, in Kenya politics has only served to derail the country’s economy backwards.
    He urged politicians to remain focused on Agenda 2030 if Kenya is to remain a serious player in the region’s economy.
 
  • Angry Kenyans on social media openly disagreed with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s congratulatory remarks to Uganda president-elect Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. 
    Ugandans went to the polls on 18th February to vote seven presidential candidates including the incumbent who running for the 5th term (not counting the first two) to continue his 30 year rule.
    According to the Euoropean observer mission, the elections were not free and fair and have requested the country’s electoral commission to make public the total number of votes counted per polling station.
    The incumbent’s closest rival Dr. Kiza Besigye was arrested at least thrice throughout the election period and is still under house arrest.
    President Kenyatta had said on social media that the Ugandans had spoken clearly but Kenyans took issue with his support of a government bent on reversing the human rights freedom of their country.
 
  • Jubilee and CORD coalition have been at each other’s neck campaigning for the Malindi by-election following the Area MP’s ministerial appointment. Malindi is believed to be a CORD turf but Jubilee appears geared for a fight. President Kenyatta had spent a few days there and knows that a win will be a key indicator for 2017. A win for CORD will confirm they are still the region’s favorites and losing will get them back to the drawing board and definitely mean worse for 2017.
     
 
Public Participation
  • Deadline for submitting representation on the University (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and the Kenya National Examination Council (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is on Wednesday 2nd March 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,2nd March 2016.
 
  • Members of the public are invited to submit their views on the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill, 2016 by Thursday 3rd March 2016 by 5:00pm.
    Interested members of Public are advised to forward their representations to the Clerk of 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 Thursday, 3rd March 2016.
 
  • Members of the Public are invited to submit their views on the Public Finance Management (National Government Affirmative Action Fund) Regulations, 2016 by Friday 4th March 2016 5:00pm.
    Comments, input or memoranda may be forwarded to the Principal Secretary, National Treasury, P.O. Box 30007 – 00100 Nairobi; hand-delivered to the Office of the Principal Secretary, National Treasury Building; or emailed to ps@treasury.go.ke to be received on or before the March 4th deadline.

     
Editorial: MPs Greed: What Ksh. 8.35 billion can do

The relationship between Kenyans and their elected members of Parliament borders that of an abusive relationship. It’s a typical prime time soap opera TV program that is popular with most Kenyans. Read more

Quote of the Week

Sentiments by Hon. Millie Odhiambo on Thursday 24th November, 2011 when contributing  on the Public Procurement and Disposal (Amendment) Bill

"The Government must start to interrogate what social justice means. It means inclusion of the youth, the marginalized and the women. We have said we adopt an Act and give this Constitution to ourselves and to our future generations. Who are our future generations? I consider myself young, but I am not part of the future generation. The future generation is those behind me. We must be giving them a country that they are proud of, where they are not poor and where they can have decent meals three times in a day." Read Hansard 


 Lest we Forget!
Sentiments by Robinson Njeru Githae (former Minister for Nairobi Metropolitan Development) on 23rd March, 2011 while contributing to the debate on presidential address 

"Why have we started this early campaign? Can we sustain it? We are losing focus! Let us reduce the political rhetoric in the country and stop early campaigns. Let us stop public rallies and concentrate on what we are required to do; passing laws. Elections will come and go. If we start now, we are going to lose focus. Let us reduce the political temperature so that we can pass the laws that are required." Read Hansard
 
Newsmaker(s) this week:
Leader of party Majority Aden Duale promised to take a sabbatical from attacking Cord the Kericho and Malindi by-election campaigns to deal with Ms Waiguru. This was after the former Devolution CS mentioned him and the Senate Deputy Majority leader,Kipchumba Murkomen  as those involved in the NYS scandal.
Sen. Murkomen while confirming he visited Ms.Waiguru’s office while still CS denied ever threatening the CS but admitted to knowing Mr. Ben Gethi, a business man who has been charged in relation to the NYS saga.  The said business man had sought legal representation from Singoei, Murkomen and Sigei Advocates where the senator is a partner but (Client) has since moved to other firms according to Sen. Murkomen.
 

Bills in the Senate

Bill(s) in the Second Reading
THE MICRO AND SMALL ENTERPRISES (AMENDMENT) BILL, (SENATE BILL NO.12 OF 2015) sponsored by Sen. Kimani Wamatangi

THE COUNTY STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS BILL, (SENATE BILL NO.10 OF 2015) sponsored by Chairperson Sessional Committee on Delegated Legislation Sen. Kisasa Mshenga

THE NATIONAL HOSPITAL INSURANCE FUND (AMENDMENT) BILL, (SENATE BILL NO.9 OF 2015) sponsored by Sen. Martha Wangari

THE COUNTY LIBRARY SERVICES BILL, (SENATE BILL NO.6 OF 2015) sponsored by Sen. Joy Gwendo

Bill(s) in the Third Reading
PUBLIC APPOINTMENTS (COUNTY ASSEMBLY APPROVAL) BILL, (SENATE BILL NO.20 OF 2014) sponsored by Chairperson Standing Commitee on Labour and Social Welfare, Sen. (Dr.) Mohammed Kuti

THE HIV AND AIDS PREVENTION AND CONTROL (AMENDMENT) BILL, (SENATE BILL NO.4 OF 2015) sponsored by Sen. (Dr.) Wilfred Machage

THE COUNTY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BILL, (SENATE BILL NO.7 OF 2014) sponsored by Sen. (Eng.) Muriuki Karue
 
Bill(s) in the Committee of the Whole House
THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY ATTORNEY BILL, (SENATE BILL NO.42 OF 2014) sponsored by Sen. Stephen Sang

THE WATER BILL, (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO.7 OF 2014) sponsored by Senate Majority Leader, Sen. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki

THE NATIONAL CEREALS AND PRODUCE AND PRODUCE BOARD (AMENDMENT) BILL, (SENATE BILL NO.15 OF 2015) sponsored by

THE KENYA NATIONAL EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL, (SENATE BILL NO.7 OF 2015)

Bills in the National Assembly
Bill(s) in First Reading
THE JUDICIARY FUND BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY NO. 3 OF 2016) sponsored by Hon. Samuel Chepkong’a, M.P.

Bill(s) in Second Reading
THE CONTROLLER OF BUDGET BILL, (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO.21 OF 2015) sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party, Hon. Aden Duale

THE COMMUNITY LAND BILL, (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO.45 OF 2015) sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party, Hon. Aden Duale

THE LAND LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL, (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO.55 OF 2015) sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party, Hon. Aden Duale

THE ENERGY BILL, (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO.50 OF 2015) sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party, Hon. Aden Duale

Bills in the Committee of the Whole House
The In-Vitro Fertilization Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 36 of 2014) sponsored by Hon. Millie Odhiambo-Mabona, M.P.

The Political Parties (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 5 of 2015) sponsored by Hon. Chris Wamalwa, M.P.
 
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Authority (Amendment) Bill (National
Assembly Bill No.17 of 2015) sponsored by Hon. Silas K. Tiren, M.P.
 
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