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Mzalendo's Weekly Newsletter

Issue no. 10, 24 - 30  November 2014

News of the Week:
 
  • Kenya lost Senator Otieno Kajwang' due to cardiac arrest on 19th of November, 2014. Please read some of his memorable and humorous moments in the Senate as published by The Standard newspaper.

     
  • MPs who sit on the House Committee on Finance, Planning and Trade, as well as the Parliamentary Budget Office said the push to raise the borrowing limit was not clear. The lawmakers said it appeared the Jubilee administration was keen to sink the country further into debt without a clear policy on how the current debt would be managed, what projects it would use the money for or how the country would pay the money back. In an earlier memo to Parliament, National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich had sought to raise it to Sh2.5 trillion, but the motion before the House factored Sh2.2 trillion. The Auditor General said it would take 50 years for Kenyans to repay the additional loan.  
 
  • Governors have called for the abolition of the Constituency Development Fund among the kitties as they claim they undermine devolution. In the latest biannual report by the Council of Governors (CoG), the county bosses want the fund that is currently administered by Members of Parliament, to be abolished and replaced with the ward development fund. Other funds they want abolished and functions assigned to County governments include the Rural Electrification Programme and the Road Maintenance Levy Fund, Kenya Rural Roads Authority, Kenya Urban Roads Authority and Regional Development Authorities.
 
  • The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has removed MPs who have in the past vowed to work the government from House committees. They are Dalmas Otieno (Rongo), Samuel Arama (Nakuru Town West), Ken Obura (Kisumu Central) and Zainab Chidzuga (Kwale). Speaker Justin Muturi confirmed receiving the letter and advised the members to either seek redress from ODM or the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal.


Newsmaker this week:

Runyenjes MP Cecily Mbarire stated that political proclamations coming out of the Senate and National Assembly have reached dangerous levels which portends possible disharmony in running and management of legislative matters. The MP said it is time the proclamations are brought to a logical conclusion. Ms Mbarire told the two speakers the mandates bestowed upon them require them to exercise Solomonic wisdom in providing leadership. Profile


Guest Blog: Calling on MPs to protect our Civil Liberties


Kenyan’s have over the years suffered at the hands of corrupt and at times brutal and trigger happy Police Officers who were a law unto themselves. With the setting up of the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) there was obvious relief to Kenyans as we now had a place to run to when abused by rogue officers, unlike in the past when a police officer would be reported to his fellow colleagues, who would hurriedly discard the complaint immediately you left the station, IPOA had come to address our plight. It thus comes as no surprise that police officers countrywide are up in arms against IPOA calling for its disbandment, citing alleged harassment! Read more


Upcoming Bills in the Senate

Bill before Committee of the Whole 

THE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT AND DISPOSAL (AMENDMENT) BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 31 OF 2013) is sponsored by Majority Leader Hon. Kithure Kindiki


Bills up for Second Reading

THE STATUTE LAW (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) (NO. 33) BILL 2013, (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 33 OF 2013) is sponsored by Sen. Kithure Kindiki

THE NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE (AMENDMENT) BILL, (SENATE BILLS NO. 26 OF 2014) is sponsored by Sen. Beatrice Elachi

THE PUBLIC FUNDRAISING BILL, (SENATE BILL NO. 28 OF 2014) is sponsored by Sen. Anyang' Nyong'o  

THE NATIONAL POLICE SERVICE (AMENDMENT) BILL, (SENATE BILL NO. 29 OF 2014) is sponsored by Sen. John Lonyangapuo


THE POTATO PRODUCE AND MARKETING BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 22 OF 2014) is sponsored by Sen. Muriuki Karue

THE PUBLIC APPOINTMENTS (COUNTY ASSEMBLIES APPROVAL) BILL, (SENATE BILL NO. 20 OF 2014) is sponsored by is sponsored by Sen. Stewart Madzayo.



 
Editorial: Fairness must inform Revenue Sharing 

The thinking around revenue sharing between National government and County government and among Counties has been a subject of discussion for the past few months. CRA has refined the current revenue sharing formula by reducing fiscal responsibility and poverty an added personal emoluments and development as new parameters while retaining the rest. The proposed formula includes; population (45%), equal share (25%), poverty (18%), land area (8%), fiscal responsibility (1%), personnel emoluments factor (2%) and development factor (1%). The proposal promises stability which is crucial as it did not deviate much from the current one. Is it fair? Read more



Quote of the Week

Commenting on the Terrorist Attack at the Westgate shopping Mall on Tuesday, 24th September, 2013, the Late Senator Otieno Kajwang had this to say;

“Terrorism is at war with our civilization. The aim is to destroy the civilization of a free world, the democratic world and replace it, if possible, with a very primitive and authoritarian theocratic state. They are not real believers of any religion. As a matter of fact, if this was about religion, the Al Shabaab would not be fighting the Government of Somalia because they are all Somalis. They are all Muslims, but they kill one another daily. They commit heinous crimes against their own people... There is something that is competing for space in the world. Of course, the tool they use is terror. Terror has more power than a real war. If somebody hit one of us in this room, but we did not see where the person was hit from, that would cause more harm than if we knew it was Sen. Kajwang who had hit Sen. Obure because that way you can deal with it. However, if it came from somewhere you did not know, that would cause terror. The reaction is very primitive and desperate. So, what will we do? The only way is to protect our civilization. The Constitution has done it for us. The only way to do so is to enforce the Constitution. Read Hansard


Lest we Forget!

Comments emanating from the Division of Revenue Bill on 22nd April, 2014 made by Hon. Benson Makali Mulu   

“You realize that the amount of money which has been allocated for payment of national debt has increased. I think time has come for us to manage our debts properly. I have said many times that if you use borrowed money to improve infrastructure or in productive activities, you are likely to generate more employment and income and as a result of that, you will realize that the debt is not a burden to the nation. However, in a situation where we borrow and the money gets to activities which are not productive, the public debt becomes a big burden to Kenyans.” Read Hansard


Upcoming Bills in the National Assembly

Bills before Committee of the Whole

The Alcoholic Drinks Control (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 14 of 2014) is sponsored by Hon. Kimani Ichung'wah

The Retirement Benefits (Deputy President and Designated State Officers) (National Assembly Bill No. 38 of 2013) is sponsored by Hon. John Mbadi



Bills up for Second reading 

THE WATER BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 8 OF 2014) is sponsored by Majority Leader Aden Duale

THE PROHIBITION OF ANTI-PERSONNEL MINES BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 7 OF 2014) is sponsored by Majority Leader Aden Duale


THE PERSONS DEPRIVED OF LIBERTY BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 30 OF 2014) is sponsored by Majority Leader Aden Duale

THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND CO-ORDINATION (AMENDMENT) BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 31 OF 2014) is sponsored by Majority Leader Aden Duale

THE COUNTY GOVERNMENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 1 OF 2014) is sponsored by Hon. Benjamin Langat

THE COUNTY GOVERNMENTS (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 2 OF 2014) is sponsored by Hon. Samuel Chepkonga

 THE PARLIAMENTARY SOCIETY OF KENYA BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL) NO. 35 OF 2013) is sponsored by Hon. Adan Keynan

THE CENTRAL BANK (AMENDMENT) BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL) NO. 32 OF 2014) is sponsored by Hon. Kabando wa Kabando

THE TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 33 OF 2014) is sponsored by  Hon. Joseph Lekuton

 
Bills up for First Reading
THE PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL (SENATE) BILL NO. 11 OF 2014) is sponsored by Hon. Benjamin Langat 

THE NATIONAL HONOURS (AMENDMENT) BILL (SENATE) BILL NO. 16 OF 2014) is sponsored by Majority Leader Aden Duale

 
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