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Weekly Newsletter - Issue No 255
7th October - 11th October 2019

Editorial

The state should harness the potential in art for inclusive governance

Eliud Kipchoge took Kenya and the world to the moon, chances are we may not be getting back down to earth soon. What he achieved on Saturday with the mind-boggling time of 1:59:40 was nothing short of superhuman, cementing Kenya’s dominance over long-distance athletics in the books of history. That wasn’t all, Kenya’s flag flew high on Sunday too with a double win on the Chicago Marathon course and a world record to top it all.

As most Kenyans online would say, Kenyans haven’t felt this Kenyan in recent times and indeed it was a feeling they planned to savor for a while. As praises were heaped on KINGChoge (as he’s since come to be referred to in the past two days) there was sharp criticism that followed politicians who had joined in on the frenzy. Kenyans did not take lightly the congratulatory messages from politicians who were accused of trying to steal Eliud’s moment. Deputy President William Ruto and Sports Cabinet Secretary took the most heat from Kenyans’ who were clearly vexed over the government’s unfulfilled promises on sports.

From five stadia to financial support to nurturing talent through government programs; government has constantly fallen short of expectations. It should be remembered that the Jubilee manifesto pegged its success on youth and so far, six years down the line, it’s been a constant struggle. Athletes still have to deal with the embarrassment of sleeping at airports, getting late to tournaments over delay of tickets and delayed dues after giving breathtaking performances. This warrants the wrath that leaders are faced with. It makes no sense for leadership to do very little in investing in sports and then be quick to claim athletes’ successes despite all the challenging situations they face.

It’s within the past decade that we’ve seen proper legislation being put in place, explaining the shaky manner with which sports has been managed both at government and federation level. Legislatively, the journey for sports has been long and hard.

News of the Week

Kihara denies claims of dual citizenship

Naivasha MP Jayne Kihara has denied reports that she holds dual citizenship after her name appeared among the list of 10 legislators who are alleged to hold dual nationality. EACC said it was investigating claims some MPs were holding foreign passports which could be illegal under the law. This action came after activist Okiya Omtatah asked the commission to investigate 10 MPs and one former legislator who served a term while allegedly holding a foreign passport. Ms Kihara termed the move as a political witch hunt hinting at the possibility of seeking legal redress. 

NDMA on the spot over Sh 10b

The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) cannot account for Sh 10.42 billion it claims to have spent in easing drought situation in the country. This is according to a report by the Auditor General for the financial year 2017/2018. This report comes out as NDMA staff were singled out for gobbling sh 5 million in domestic travel expenses. According to the audit report that is currently in Parliament, the unaccounted for monies include sh 2.744 billion that was raised through public contributions and donations popularly known as “Kenyans for Kenya” campaign to help deal with severe hunger situations. The report notes that the expenditure of sh 5.049 billion was spent on hunger safety net programmes including payments that were made to various beneficiaries. However, the expenditure is not supported with documentation to demonstrate how beneficiaries were identified and the basis of the rates used for the paying them was not supported either.

Select MPs pledge to support bid to raise debt ceiling

Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wah, Kabete MP Githua Wamacukuru and Dagoretti MP John Kiarie have said they would support a Bill seeking to raise the debt ceiling so that the government can borrow more to meet its 2019/2020 budget. The Bill which is being prepared by the Treasury seeks to allow the government to borrow more to fund its Sh 3.2 trillion 2019/2020 budget. Ichung’wah said they believe the government has the capacity to repay the existing loans and continue implementing its development agenda.

MPs term CAS position unconstitutional

National Assembly yesterday said the Chief Administrative Secretaries (CAS) position is not constitutional, signalling a possible standoff between the legislature and the Executive after MPs questioned the authority of CASs in honouring House summons on behalf of their respective ministries. Trouble started when Kimilili MP Didmus Baraza who sits in the Health Committee, rejected attempts to have Health CAS Rashid Aman to respond to his question saying that on the CS or PS should appear before the team to address the House’s queries. Leader of Majority Aden Duale asked the speaker to give direction on who among the CS, PS and CAS should appear but he defended President Uhuru’s move to create the positions saying he was within the law. The President announced the creation of the new CAS position in every ministry to enhance operations.

Quote of the Week

"It is a paradox that the economy is performing worse when there's a handshake than the time we had proper political oversight. It is possible that those of us who are in the government side have slept on the job because there's no proper oversight from those in the minority"

Quote by Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen contributing to a statement made by Senator Cleophas Malala on the increased closure of business and laying off of employees on October 9th 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.

Read the Hansard

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
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
The Sacco Societies (Amendment) Bill
- NO. 1 OF 2018 
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
The Sectional Properties Bill
- NO. 23 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (Amendment) Bill
- SENATE BILL NO. 12 OF 2018.
Sponsored by Hon Joseph Limo

Bills before the Senate

First Reading
THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL
- NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILLS NO. 35 OF 2019
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen
Second Reading
THE COUNTY TOURISM BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 5 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Agnes Zani
THE STREET VENDORS (PROTECTION OF LIVELIHOOD) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 10 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Charles Kibiru
THE COUNTY HALL OF FAME BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 39 OF 2018
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen
THE STATUTE LAW (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) (NO. 2) BILL
- NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILLS NO. 13 OF 2018
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen
THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CHILDREN’S HOMES BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 12 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Agnes Zani
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

Public Participation

Senate Standing Committee on Tourism, Trade & Industrialization is inviting members of the public to submit views on the County Licensing (Uniform Procedure) Bill (Senate Bills No 17 of 2019).

Public hearings shall be held on Wednesday, October 23rd 2019 from 9 am to 12 pm at the Mini Chamber, 1st Floor, County Hall.

Written memoranda may be forwarded to the Clerk of the Senate/Secretary, Parliamentary Service Commission, P. O. BOX 41842 - 00100, Nairobi or;

Hand-delivered to the office of the Clerk of the Senate/Secretary, 1st Floor, Main Parliament Buildings, Nairobi or emailed to csenate@parliament.go.ke to be received on or before Wednesday, 23rd October 2019 at 5 pm.

Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security invites interested members of the public to submit views on The Refugees Bill (National Assembly Bill No 62 of 2019).

Written 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, 1st Floor, Main Parliament Buildings, Nairobi 

Public hearings shall be held in the following counties:

Wednesday 23rd October (10 am to 5 pm)


iii) Nakuru - Old Town Hall (Nakuru Town)
 

Thursday 24th October (10 am to 5 pm)

i) Garissa - Dadaab IOM (Dadaab)
 

National Assembly Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal affairs notify the public on Public Hearings for the following Bills:
i) The Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill (N.A. Bill No. 19 of 2019)
ii) The Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill (N.A. Bill No. 40 of 2019)
iii) The Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill (N.A. Bill No. 53 of 2019)

The committee will be undertaking public hearings on the said bills in the following counties on Friday, 25th October 2019 as indicated;

1. Wajir - County ICT Hall, Wajir Town - 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
2. Turkana - Lodwar Vocational Training Centre, Lodwar Town - 10 am to 1 pm
 

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