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Mzalendo's Weekly Newsletter
Issue No 74: 14th - 20th March 2016

  • We have been nominated for the Kenyan Blog Awards 2016 under "Best Politics Blog" category. Kindly vote for us through the Kenya Blogs Awards website. Thank you
 
  • High political temperatures ahead of the 2017 elections have prompted the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) to seek involvement in clearing candidates vying for political office.
    The commission argues that the toxic climate already in the air makes it necessary to have them vet each candidate and lock out those already charged with hate speech.
    Meanwhile the Communications Authority says it has set up technology to monitor hate speech in the country, including those who take advantage of vernacular radio stations.
 
  • The Attorney General (AG) Prof. Githu Muigai is guiding the drafting of a bill that will make it easy for Kenyans jailed abroad to finish the rest of their terms in Kenyan jails.
    The Bill aims at ensuring Kenyan prisoners abroad are accorded basic dignities in accordance with human rights laws and international convention.
 
  • Low confidence in Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), security concerns and ongoing political propaganda and Judiciary’s integrity are some of the areas the Election Observation Group (E-Log) is planning to focus on after unveiling their Ksh. 700million strategic plan that will provide oversight in the coming 2017 general elections
    The plan has been developed from E-log’s report on the 2013 general elections which cited areas that allegedly compromised the free and fairness of the elections at the time. The strategic plan will run from 2016-2018.
    However, chairman of the Judiciary Service committee on Elections, Justice David Maraga, denounced the idea that Judiciary was incapable of arbitrating election disputes, admitting that while their image may not be so good at the moment they have a good record having handled 188 election cases with only one marred in corruption case.
 
  • Eric Kiraithe the former police spokesperson was announced National Government Spokesperson to function from the State Department of Interior and Coordination of National Government while the State House spokesperson will function under the Executive Office of the President.
    Critics nonetheless have questioned not only the relevance and duplication of roles but also the seemingly heavy communication presence in the form of PCSU, State House spokesperson, Dennis Itumbi’s team as well as the newly formed position.
 
  • Ms. Catherine Namuye the former Youth Fund Boss now says she found the actions of some of the Fund’s board members curious and suspect. She alleged that some of these members had personal interests in the controversial Ksh. 180 million paid to a communications firm.
    While appearing before the Public Investment Committee (PIC) she alluded that she would name these individuals if the hearing continued away from the public glare. PIC granted the request.
 
  • Members of Parliament once again showed their inability to put the country first over their appetite for hefty perks after Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) indicated it wanted Parliament’s budget ceiling for the next financial year raised to cover the cost of luxury cars for MPs who will be elected in 2017 general elections.
    The increase requested by PSC adds up to Ksh. 2.7 billion inclusive of cash requested for purchase of land for expansion of Parliament’s Karen based training facility.
    Needless to add that each of 418 law makers in both Senate and National Assembly are entitled to a free car grant upon being elected and an additional car loan of up to Ksh. 7 million.
    The bold request by PSC is seen by critics as clear lacking in priority and national interest especially coming shortly after the illegal procuring of new luxury GK-registered vehicles for the 47 women county representatives by the Devolution Ministry
 
  • Finally, there was something to show after Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) revealed that they had recovered Ksh. 500 million after investigating 400 cases the last one year.
    The Ksh. 500 million is in form of both cash and assets which the commission claims would not have been easy to recover without the evident help of the Assets Recovery Agency.
    The milestone was achieved in part due to President Kenyatta’s list of shame handed to parliament in March last year that saw the prosecution of former lands CS, Charity Ngilu and his Transport counterpart Michael Kamau.
    The commission is still investigating 17 governors engaged in alleged corruption scandals.



    Public Participation
  • Members of Public are invited to present their views on the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Bill 2014 through written memoranda. The memoranda may be forwarded to the Clerk of the Senate, P.O. BOX 41842-00100 or hand delivered to the Office of the Clerk, first floor, Main Parliament Buildings, Nairobi or emailed to csenate@parliament.go.ke  to be received on or before Wednesday 23rd March, 2016 at 5:00pm
    Public hearing of the same Bill shall be held on Wednesday 23rd March, 2016 from 9:00am to 12:00 noon at County Hall, Mini-Chamber
 
  • Members of Public are invited to present their views on the Order of Precedence and Titles Bill 2014 through written memoranda. The memoranda may be forwarded to the Clerk of the Senate, P.O. BOX 41842-00100 or hand delivered to the Office of the Clerk, first floor, Main Parliament Buildings, Nairobi or emailed to csenate@parliament.go.ke  to be received on or before Wednesday 23rd March, 2016 at 5:00pm
    Public hearing of the same Bill shall be held on Wednesday 23rd March, 2016 from 9:00am to 12:00 noon at County Hall, Mini-Chamber
 
  • Members of Public are invited to present their views on the implementation of the Gender principle on the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) (No. 6) Bill, 2015. The representation may be forwarded to the Clerk  of the National Assembly, P.O BOX 41842-00100, Nairobi or hand-delivered to the Office of the Clerk, Main Parliament Buildings, Nairobi or emailed to clerk@parliament.go.ke  on or before Wednesday 23rd March, 2016 at 5:00pm
 
  • Members of Public are invited to present their views on the need for Parliament to take over the process of amending the Constitution by using all the existing draft proposals to consolidate and produce one comprehensive hybrid draft for National Referendum.
    The representation may be forwarded to the Clerk  of the National Assembly, P.O BOX 41842-00100, Nairobi or hand-delivered to the Office of the Clerk, Main Parliament Buildings, Nairobi or emailed to clerk@parliament.go.ke  on or before Thursday 24th March, 2016 at 5:00pm
    The Open Consultative Forum shall be held on Wednesday, 23rd March, 2016 at the Mini Chambers, County Hall, Parliament Buildings at 10:00am.



     
Editorial: The IEBC Fails Litmus Test

Nothing irks than watching someone engage in a pointless activity; even worse when such an activity indirectly affects your life. Despite having been a King of what is now Corinth, Sisyphus is mostly remembered for the useless job that he was cursed to do-rolling a huge rock up a hill and watching it tumble down and repeating the exercise over and over. Like Sisyphus Kenyans have a penchant for using our hard earned taxes on institutions we know won’t deliver but we don’t mind the cycle. It’s our curse Read More

Quote of the Week
Sentiments by National Assembly Speaker Hon. Justine Muturi on Tuesday 15th March 2016 when responding to Hon. Wesley Kipchumba who wanted Hon. Jakoyo Midiwo to apologize for misleading the house about the Budget and Appropriations Committee.

"If you look at Article 99 of the Constitution, among other things, you will find that the qualifications of being a Member of Parliament are like moral turpitude and education standards. I believe everybody met those qualifications. Therefore, it is not fair for people to just sign documents." Read the Hansard

 
Newsmaker(s) this week:
Senators have formed a new committee, the Sessional Committee on County Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment Fund to monitor how the governors spend funds allocated to them each financial Year.
The newly formed committee is chaired by Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi will also push to have National Treasury allocate money to senators for the role.

 
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 NATIONAL CEREALS AND PRODUCE BOARD (AMENDMENT)BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 15 OF 2015)sponsored by Sen. (Dr.) Zipporah Kittony

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

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

Bill(s) in the Committee of the Whole House
THE WATER BILL, (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO.7 OF 2014) sponsored by Senate Majority Leader, Sen. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki

THE KENYA NATIONAL EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL, (SENATE BILL NO.7 OF 2015)sponsored by Sen. David Musila

THE UNIVERSITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 31 OF 2014) sponsored by Sen. Halima Abdille

THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY ATTORNEY BILL, (SENATE BILL NO. 37 OF 2014) sponsored by Chairperson, Standing Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights Sen. Amos Wako

THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY PRINTER BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 42 OF2014) sponsored by Sen. Stephen Sang


Bills in the National Assembly

First Reading
THE PUBLIC APPOINTMENTS (COUNTY ASSEMBLY APPROVAL) BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 20 OF 2014) sponsored by The Chairperson, Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security Hon. Asman Kamama, M.P

THE HIV AND AIDS PREVENTION AND CONTROL (AMENDMENT) BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 4 OF 2015) sponsored by The Chairperson, Departmental Committee on Health Hon. Dr. Rachel Nyamai M.P

THE COUNTY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 7 OF 2014) sponsored by The Chairperson, Departmental Committee on Finance, Planning and Trade Hon. Benjamin Langat, M.P


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 PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 4 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 MISCELLANEOUS FEES AND LEVIES BILL(NATIONALASSEMBLY BILL NO. 30 OF 2015) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

THE KENYA DEFENCE FORCES (AMENDMENT) BILL(NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 41 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

THE DIVISION OF REVENUE BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 4 OF 2016) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

THE WAREHOUSE RECEIPTS SYSTEM BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 12 OF 2015) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

THE PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 4 OF 2015) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

Third Reading
THE PROTECTION OF THE TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND TRADITIONAL CULTURAL EXPRESSIONS BILL (National Assembly Bill No. 48 of 2015) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party 
Hon. Aden Duale


Committee of the Whole House
The Community Land Bill, (National Assembly Bill NO.45 of 2015) sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party, Hon. Aden Duale

The Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 44 of 2015) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

The Health Records and Information Managers Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 24 of 2015) sponsored by The Hon. Agostinho Neto, M.P.

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

The Forest Conservation and Management Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 49 of 2015) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

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