Weekly Newsletter - Issue No 156
9 October - 15 October, 2017


Kenya is an unpleasant marriage, let’s make it work!

Renowned Economist David Ndii opined a widely read article on the Daily Nation with the title: Kenya is a cruel marriage is time we talked divorce. At the core of his message is, as a country we have failed to show ability to live harmoniously or share equitably the resources of this country and that perhaps regions not satisfied should break away.

It’s possible that’s an oversimplification of the over 1300 words in that article but really, that was the gist. Anyhow, Dr. Ndii was right on one thing. This is a cruel marriage. However, rather than talking divorce we should try make it work. But first we need to understand how we got here. While Dr. Ndii’s article gives that background there’s that sessional paper that is perhaps the mother of inequality in Kenya. The Sessional paper no. 10 of 1965.

Back when we had the eight provinces the leadership at the time under Mzee Jomo Kenyatta-the founding father, decided that to grow the economy faster, money for development should be “invested where it will yield the largest input.” And by this, the approach ended up favoring areas with good climatic patterns and better infrastructure compared to other provinces. It goes without saying that Central Province and certain parts of the Rift Valley were the major beneficiaries.

This wasn’t necessarily a bad idea; in fact if Mzee Kenyatta and his economists had gone a little further to think of how they would have utilized the non-productive regions we wouldn’t be here. Additionally, the inability by his government and subsequent governments to spread the resources to other regions is what has led to the “our turn to eat” mentality. And perhaps Mzee Kenyatta and his predecessor Moi bear the biggest brunt having ethnicized the government.

News of the Week

Court orders KRA to make MP tax records public

A three-judge bench has ordered Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to make public the tax records of Members of Parliament who served in the 10th Parliament. The Court of Appeal made the decision following an appeal filed by Rev. Timothy Njoya. The former PCEA clergy man had in 2013 sought orders from the High Court to have KRA produce documents showing MPs who had complied with their tax obligations. Kenya Revenue Commission has 30days to comply with the court order.

Duale battles election malpractice allegation

National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale has denied claims he bribed voters during the August 8th elections. While responding to a suit filed by Farah Maalim, the Garissa Township MP insisted he was validly elected and denied ballot boxes tampering allegations where seals are alleged to have been broken and ballots stuffed. The MP insists his challenger must prove any electoral malpractice on his side.

Electoral Amendment Bill awaits Presidential Assent

President Uhuru Kenyatta has less than eight days to sign into law the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2017 or return it back to Parliament. The President acknowledged receipt saying Parliament had done its bit and now it was up to him to consider it and then append his signature. Majority Leader Duale expressed satisfaction with the Parliament’s job and said they hope the president signs the Bill immediately. The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill was drafted, debated and passed by the ruling Jubilee MPs after NASA boycotted it saying it was not done in good will.


Aukot on the October 26th ballot

High Court has ordered IEBC to ensure Thirdway Alliance candidate Ekuru Aukot is on the ballot scheduled for October 26th. The court ordered the electoral agency to amend the gazette notice it had issued to reflect Mr. Aukot’s name. The court ruled that having participated in the Supreme Court case that led to the nullification of the August 8th presidential results, Aukot had every right to also participate in the repeat elections.


Quote of the Week

"Ironically, the political leaders that are supposed to build the nation are the very people who have become a threat to this nation...i will not tolerate the threats to my staff anymore..."

Quote by IEBC Chairman, Wafula Chebukati when giving a press statement following the resignation of Senior Commissioner Roselyne Akombe on October 18, 2017


Lest we forget

"Whether one is in Jubilee or in CORD, it is important that we consult. It is also important to consult when a country is at war, like we are now under serious external threat."

Sentiments by Hon. Kabando wa Kabando during the adjournment motion on April 30, 2015.

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Newsmaker this Week

Five politicians allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta made headlines this week with their firm message that NASA leader, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta should meet and dialogue. The five are NARC-Kenya leader, Martha Karua, Former Kiambu Governor, William Kabogo, President Kenyatta former advisor, Kilemi Mwiria, former Kajiado Senator, Peter Ole Mositet and former Mukurwe-ini MP Kabando wa Kabando. Narc-Kenya leader expressed that a dialogue between the two is the only way to ensure peace after October 26th polls. The former Kiambu governor also weighed in on the matter asking the two to stop chest thumping and talk. The former advisor to the president on matters education advised that Jubilee drop the electoral amendment laws and NASA stop the demonstrations. The former Kajiado Senator asked Uhuru and Raila to remember their promise to the nation last year that never will elections lead to deaths in the country and that they should put their words into actions. Kabando wa Kadando on the other hand warned Jubilee against underestimating Raila saying he enjoys fanatic following, that a dialogue is necessary.

Bills before the National Assembly

First Reading
- NO. 35 OF 2017
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
- NO. 37 OF 2017
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
- NO. 34 OF 2017
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
Second Reading
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
- NO. 42 OF 2017
Sponsored by the Chairperson, Ad-Hoc Committee on the Supplementary Estimates

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