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Mzalendo's Weekly Newsletter
Issue No 76: 28th March - 3rd April 2016

  • Kindly vote for Mzalendo as the best politics blog in this year's Kenyan Blog Awards. For the second year running, Mzalendo had been nominated under the "Best Politics Blog" category. Kindly vote for us through the Kenya Blogs Awards website. Thank you
 
  • Treasury in an interesting turn of events has kicked out women reps from the Ksh. 2 billion affirmative action fund after publishing fresh regulations. The affirmative action fund initiative was set up in March 2015 to finance projects targeted at marginalized groups, including: women, orphans, and people living with disability, drug addicts among others.The decision to remove women reps is informed by the need to prevent overlapping of functions between the national and county government. Like the CDF, the kitty is no longer going to perform functions at the county level but rather finance projects by of interest to the national government. Previous functions such as building of market sheds or market lights have since been scrapped off as they related to county functions.
 
  • ODM MPs shouted and whistled down the president as he gave his state of the nation address prompting the speaker to intervene more than once and send out at least seven Opposition MPs .
    The rowdy MPs claimed the Jubilee government was full of thieves and that they were tired of lies hence their attempt to interfere with the state of the nation address. However, the operation appears to have achieved the opposite results as most Kenyans, including known pro-opposition personalities were impressed by the president’s calm demeanor despite the embarrassing moment.
 
  • Members of Parliament beat a hasty retreat, dropping the controversial proposal that would have seen the government take over the management of all the 11 Level- 5 hospitals from the county government.
    While the decision to drop the proposal came from the health committee, it was the governors who first cried foul immediately the Bill was first published claiming it was against the spirit of devolution.
    The counties hosting these referral hospitals are set to receive ksh. 4billion according to Divison of Revenue Bill 2016, exclusively for the management of these institutions
    Also, Level-5 hospitals will no longer perform research functions as that is a function of the national government. If the Bill becomes law, only Level-6 hospitals will be under the management of the national government
 
  • Law makers are embroiled in fresh power struggle after the Senate promised to shoot down two key Bills from the National assembly. The disagreement is brought about by their different interpretation of the law.
    Senators accuse National Assembly Speaker Justine Muturi of failing to consult on Bills before parliament with the Senate in order to agree on which House will tackle them.
    According to Article 110 (3) of the constitution the Speakers from both Houses should jointly consult the nature of any Bill presented in parliament-whether it concerns the counties, and where it is, if it is a special or it’s an ordinary Bill.
 
  • Our politics is run on the ethnic stock exchange. Those were the words of Chief Justice Mutunga in a recent interview with the local media. The Chief Justice is set to retire two months from now to prevent any constitutional crisis during the swearing in of the president, especially in the event of a run-off.
    The CJ also expressed that corruption has become a national hobby, celebrated and protected by tribalism and that the electorate was also not doing enough. He argued that if the masses were genuinely and morally outraged by corrupt leaders then they should show it at the ballot.
    Concerning Kenya’s ability to slay tribalism, he says that the 2002 elections where Narc emerged victorious was a sign we could overcome tribalism.
 
  • Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board has been granted reprieve after law makers agreed to extend their term by 90days.
    The board which had up to a week to conclude got the extension after the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee argued that it was unlikely that the 29 pending appeals will be heard and concluded on time.
    The Judges and Magistrates Vetting (Amendment) Bill 2016, seeks to grant the board more time to wind up the appeals of judicial officers and to review some of the findings it had made.
 
  • Bribery Bill 2016 ropes in the private sector with charity organizations and private companies required to implement tough measures to ensure their employees do not engage in any form of bribery-giving or receiving.
    According to the Bill private institutions must come up with their own internal policy to prevent the vice and spell out stiff penalties for those found giving or receiving bribe. Any company that does not provide clear procedure on the matter will be deemed to be abetting corruption and the director or any other senior officer will face a jail term of up to one year.
    The Bill approved by the cabinet appears to cover all facets of bribery from giving to receiving as well as a promise to offer something in return for a favor or an unfair advantage over competitors. It covers all private firms; foreign or local who do business in Kenya.
 
  • National Treasury has not yet allocated half of the county’s budget two months to the end of the financial year. By the end of February, the Treasury had only disbursed Sh 130 billion to the 47 counties against a total of Sh 264 billion for the 2015-16 financial year that ends in June. Governors have expressed their frustrations, saying the delayed funds stall county government projects.
 
  • MPs grilled KDF Chief of Defence Forces Samuel Mwathethe, Head of Military Intelligence Charles Mwai and the commander of operations on their role and preparedness following the El  Adde attacks.
    The MPs appeared charged and relentlessly demanded the top army officers give substantial reasons other than saying they should be patient and wait for the report by the board of inquiry.
    It is not yet clear how many KDF soldiers were killed in the January El Adde attack

     






     
 
Editorial: Of The State of Nation Address and Rowdy MPs

After two years of scandalous headlines. Kenyans should be forgiven for being a little cynical. Additionally, what equally breeds apathy and hopelessness in the country is the reality that there appears to be no alternative voice. A voice that can be relied upon by Kenyans, all we seem to have are goons.

As we approach elections, Kenyans are more concerned about corruption and whether we can have leaders who respect the rule of law. Therefore, it is hypocritical for one to claim a government is promoting impunity by failing to punish those who disregard the law, when they have no problem flouting House rules. Read More


Lest We Forget
Sentiments by Martin Otieno Ogindo on December 20th 2012 on adoption of report on appointment of Mr. David Kimaiyo as Inspector-General of police
".. I think a mechanism should now be put in place to ensure that the police department spends its own money. The problem with the money that goes to the police is not that it is not adequate, but there are so many brokers in- between. If we can find a mechanism where the Inspector-General spends his money, we will see immense development in the police force and we will see maximum output from the police." Read Hansard

 
Newsmaker(s) this week:
President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law The National Employment Authority bill which was sponsored by Hon. Johnson Sakaja. The Act is an achievement for young people in Kenya if implemented fully. It is a  landmark legislation which will go a long way in addressing issues of Youth Unemployment, training, internships and placements. Apart from setting up the bureau, the institution is expected to come up with more innovative ways of tackling unemployment.

NOTE: Parliament went on a short recess and resumes business on 12th April 2016

 
Bills in the Senate
Second Reading
THE NATIONAL HOSPITAL INSURANCE FUND (AMENDMENT) BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 9 OF 2015) sponsored by Sen. Martha Wangari
THE FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT BILL(NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 18 OF 2014) sponsored by The Senate Majority Leader Sen. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki

THE PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL (SENATE BILL
NO. 13 OF 2015) sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Sen. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki

THE MICRO AND SMALL ENTERPRISES (AMENDMENT) BILL, (SENATE BILL NO.12 OF 2015) sponsored by Sen. Kimani Wamatangi 

THE ORDER OF PRECEDENCE AND TITLES BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 11 OF 2014) sponsored by The Senate Majority Leader  Sen. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki

THE COUNTY GOVERNMENTS (AMENDMENT) (NO. 4) BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 18 OF 2014) sponsored by Sen. Kipchumba Murkomen


THE BASIC EDUCATION (AMENDMENT) BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 35 OF 2014) sponsored by The Senate Majority Leader Sen. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki

THE AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD AUTHORITY (AMENDMENT) BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 17 OF 2015) sponsored by The Senate Majority Leader Sen. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki


Bill(s) in the Committee of the Whole House
THE UNIVERSITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 31 OF 2014) sponsored by Sen. Halima Abdille

THE COUNTY HALL OF FAME BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 33 OF 2014) sponsored by Chairperson, Standing Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights Sen. Amos Wako

THE PETITION TO COUNTY ASSEMBLIES (PROCEDURE) BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 35 OF 2014) sponsored by Chairperson, Standing Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights Sen. Amos Wako


THE COUNTY ASSEMBLIES SERVICES BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 27 OF 2014) sponsored by (Chairperson, Standing Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights Sen. Amos Wako

THE COUNTY HALL OF FAME BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 33 OF 2014) sponsored by Chairperson, Standing Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights Sen. Amos Wako

THE COUNTY GOVERNMENTS DISASTER MANAGEMENT BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 40 OF 2014) sponsored by Chairperson, Standing Committee on National Security and Foreign Relations Yusuf Haji

THE PETITION TO COUNTY ASSEMBLIES (PROCEDURE) BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 35 OF 2014) sponsored by Chairperson, Standing Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights Sen. Amos Wako


THE PRESERVATION OF HUMAN DIGNITY AND ENFORCEMENT OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RIGHTS BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 8 OF 2015) sponsored by Sen. Hassan Omar

Bills in the National Assembly
First Reading
THE ANTI-DOPING BILL(NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 6 OF 2016) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

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

THE CONSTITUTION OF KENYA (AMENDMENT) (NO.5) BILL(NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 56 OF 2015) sponsored by Hon. (Eng.) Nicolas Gumbo, M.P.

THE KENYA ROADS (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 26 OF 2015) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

THE SEEDS AND PLANT VARIETIES (AMENDMENT) BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 43 OF 2015) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

THE WAREHOUSE RECEIPTS SYSTEM BILL(NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILLNO. 12 OF 2015) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

THE BANKING (AMENDMENT) BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO.62 OF 2015) spoonsored by The Hon. Jude Njomo, M.P.

THE POLITICAL PARTIES (AMENDMENT) BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 2 OF 2016) sponsored by The Chairperson, Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs Hon. Samuel Chepkong'a, M.P

THE ELECTION LAWS (AMENDMENT) (NO.3) BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 63 OF 2015) sponsored by the The Chairperson, Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs  Hon. Samuel Chepkong'a, M.P


THE JUDICIARY FUND BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 3 OF 2016) sponsored by The Chairperson, Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs  Hon. Samuel Chepkong'a, M.P

Third Reading
The Division of Revenue Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 4 of 2016 ) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

The Health Bill (National Assembly Bill No.14 of 2015) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale


Bill(s) in the Committee of the Whole House
The Private Security Regulation Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 4 of 2014) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

The Traffic (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 33 of 2014) sponsored by Hon. Joseph Lekuton, M.P.

The vetting of Judges and Magistrates (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bill NO. 5 OF 2016) sponsored by The Chairperson, Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs  Hon. Samuel Chepkong'a, M.P



 
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