Mzalendo's Weekly Newsletter

Issue no. 5, 20 - 26  October 2014
News of the Week:
  • Parliament suspended meetings of a special committee it had created to exclusively question Cabinet secretaries after intervention by State House. This was after the President and his deputy called the Speaker of the National Assembly Hon Justin Muturi and the Majority Leader Hon. Aden Duale to State House where the President put his foot down and told the House leadership that the National Assembly ought not to go ahead with meetings of the Committee on General Oversight. The suspension is to pave way for consultations between the two arms of government.
  • Governors and Members of Parliament are against the call by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) that participating in harambees is illegal. EACC warned Governors, MPs and Members of County Assemblies that their participation in fundraisers is in violation of the Leadership and Integrity Act (2012) and the Public Officer Ethics Act (2003). EACC stated that the elected leaders pile on public servants to part with money - apparently from public coffers of institutions they head - in order to increase their contributions in harambees where they are usually chief guests. However the leaders state that they are only aware that the only restriction is eight months before elections. They vowed to continue with harambees. 
  • Nominated women senators have defended themselves from allegations of persistent absenteeism and disinterest in the legislative duties of the House. Their elected colleagues have claimed that many of them spend time on trips and others simply abscond duty because they are not under pressure to represent any particular county. The Senators however said they are playing a very important role in empowering women, the youth and persons with disability. The Senate has 20 women who were nominated by political parties. 

Newsmaker this week:
Senator Agnes Zani is sponsoring a Bill in the Senate that will see  communities where natural resources are mined get a higher percentage from royalties and fees levied on them. It proposes that the communities get 32 per cent. This is higher since the Mining Bill proposes 25 per cent and the Commission on Revenue Authority (CRA) proposed 20 per cent.  

Editorial: Integrity must Inform the fight against corruption in Government

Integrity must inform actions on ending corruption in the country. The President has a big role to play in offering leadership. Parliamentarians must also inspire confidence in their actions. They cannot to be seen to want to follow the law selectively. Rule of law should undergird the service rendered by all public officials. Read More

Quote of the Week
Hon. Peter Njuguna Gitau when commenting on the Motion on the approval of draft Constitution of republic of Kenya stated "I also noted something serious. The Mau Mau have been forgotten and yet they are the ones who liberated this country. Those heroes are still walking. Amongst the street families, we have innocent women. They are never recognized in this nation. The national Budget should accommodate these families."

Lest we Forget!
Comment on the Kenya Heroes Bill on 27th of February 2014.  

"To receive acceptability, we need to have this through a public and participatory process that could mean something as simple as saying that you ask the public to nominate. You put a newspaper advert and ask the public to nominate heroes. Then in that way when you have heroes, they become acceptable to the public. It does not mean that the public will be the ones to select; you have a selecting authority but you get the public to be involved and then we own them," Hon. Millie OdhiamboRead Hansard

Kenya's Open Government Partnership (OGP) Draft National Action Plan is out and open to public input. The draft plan has been developed by the ICT Authority, an agency under the Ministry of Information Communication and TechnologyRead more

The Office of the Deputy President has sent out a call for nominations for National Honors. This is in line with the National Honors Act 2013. The forms can be downloaded from the Deputy President's Website, filled and returned by 30th October, 2014.

The Senate's standing committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries has sent out a call for written memoranda or attend public hearing on the Food Security Bill 2014. The public hearings will be held on 22nd October 2014 at Shimba Hills Hall, KICC and the written memoranda should also be submitted by the same date to the clerk of the Senate.

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