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Weekly Newsletter - Issue No 86
6 - 12 June, 2016

Editorial

Youth and Women must Ensure their Votes Count in 2017

The budget read this week by government’s admission was supposed to be pro-poor. This is no coincidence considering it comes a few months to elections. Women and the youth who form the bulk of the electorate are poor and the kitties linked to the two groups received larger allocations. The consideration extended to women and youth in the budget shows politicians are aware of their significance in the coming election.

This demographic therefore must be ruthlessly selfish if they are to make their value to politicians count. It appears both our women and youth have embraced a subject  political culture where despite having knowledge of political institutions and actors they play little or no role in the inputs and outputs of government policies, except for cheer-leading their favorite politicians.

That the ICC cases that kept us sane in 2013 may not do that this time round is reason enough for the youth to take stock and decide how things should turn in their favor. Already a Bill that wants to remove Kenya from ICC’s jurisdiction is in the first reading in Parliament. On the other hand, a decision on the two-thirds gender principle is still pending in Parliament after the legislation having been defeated twice.

The budget was a win for youth as the government announced a tax rebate for employers that will offer  6-12 months training programs to at least 10 fresh graduates to gain experience.  While this is good, majority of the youth are not able to proceed to college mostly because of financial circumstances. The youth can therefore (through their representatives in Parliament and different youth caucuses) push the government to ensure NYS gives opportunities to the underprivileged.

Additionally, the government has decided to tax beauty products yet they are essential to women’s grooming. Consequently, their cost of living has risen yet women and lately the youth have ventured into manicure, pedicure and salon ventures in a bid to earn an honest living. Therefore, they must use their numbers to demand the government see things their way.

Furthermore, the government must reverse the decision to tax kerosene for the sake of the poor who rely heavily on the product. Women and youth should demand through the relevant channels for the government to cushion them from the increased cost of living.
 

News of the Week

Treasury Bows to Pressure Awards MPs 27 Billion

Treasury beat a hasty retreat to award Parliament an extra Ksh. 3 billion from the previous Ksh. 24 billion it had allocated after pressure from MPs. Budget Committee Chairman Mutava Musyimi indicated a joint sitting will be held to determine where the extra one billion will come from to bring the total to Ksh. 28 billion.
 

Youth Women Reap big from the 2016/17 Budget
The 2016/17 budget allocated over Ksh. 20 billion for the Gender and Youth empowerment program,a big win for the youth and women.Additionally youth are likely to benefit from on the job experience and training by institutions hoping to capitalize on the government's announcement to give tax rebates to institutions that absorb at least 10 fresh graduates for a period of 6-12 months. Women also win big following Treasury's allocation of slightly over Ksh. 4 billion for free maternal healthcare.

Meanwhile MPs are warning CS Rotich over increasing public debt. The government plans to borrow Ksh. 690 billion in the 2016/2017 financial year. The country already uses more than 30% of revenue generated through Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to service debt

Opposition and Government Officials Double Speak hurting IEBC Progress

The government and opposition officials are speaking from both ends of their mouths further stalling the IEBC impasse. Opposition camp insists an agreement to have a discussion outside parliament was agreed upon but the government denies such an arrangement.

Attempts to appoint representatives also appear to have hit a stalemate after CORD complained about the size of the team. They had picked five representatives while the government had 11 representatives. Religious leaders are at the center of brokering a deal to have both camps produce representatives to help them come to an understanding over the IEBC issue.

Meanwhile, the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee led by Ainabkoi MP Samuel Chepkonga has begun countrywide public hearing on the proposed IEBC reforms.


 

Anti-Doping Bill now Awaits Presidential Assent

Kenya is finally set to meet the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Agency following the Senate's passing of the Anti-Doping (Amendment) Bill. The proposed law once signed into law by the President , will be presented to the anti-doping agency for review.

 

Quote of the Week

"We do not want to find ourselves in 2017 with an institution that is lacking in capacity. Having an IEBC that has not been institutionalized in terms of capacity to handle an election will create other problems."

Sentiments by Sen. Agnes Zani while contributing to the debate on Access to Information Bill on June 9, 2016

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Lest we forget

"Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, while we are talking about people who are fond of making hate speech, we should also think of the people who have been affected by the hate speech throughout the country...people are wondering what the government will do to heal the people who are affected because of hate speech..."

Sentiments by Hon. John Dache Pesa, the former MP for Migori (now County) when reacting to a ministerial statement by the Minister of State for Provincial Administration and Internal Security on June 16, 2010.

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Newsmaker this Week

Nominated Senator, Martha Wangari became the first woman senator to have a Bill she sponsored signed into law. The President signed into law the County Government (Amendment) Bill which seeks to ensure all the 47 County Assemblies are properly constituted before their first sitting after the 2017 elections.Additionally, all nominated MCAs will be sworn in at the sametime as their elected counterparts. This will prevent any unfair advantage the elected leaders have over their nominated colleagues.

... PROFILE

Bills before the National Assembly

First Reading
 
The international Crimes (Repeal) Bill
- NO. 61 OF 2015
Sponsored by Hon. Boniface Otsiula
The Office of the County Printer Bill
- NO. 42 OF 2014 (SENATE BILL)
Sponsored by Chairperson, Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security Hon. Asman Kamama
The Kenya National Examination Council (Amendment) Bill
- NO. 07 OF 2015
Sponsored by Chairperson, Departmental Committee on Education, Research and, Technology Hon. Sabina Chege
The Office of the County Attorney Bill
- NO. 37 OF 2014 (SENATE BILL)
Sponsored by Chairperson, Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs Hon. Samuel Chepkonga
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (Amendment) Bill
- NO. 18 OF 2016
Sponsored by Chairperson, Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs Hon. Samuel Chepkonga
The Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill
- NO. 19  OF 2016
Sponsored by Chairperson, Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs Hon. Samuel Chepkonga
The County Allocation of Revenue Bill
- NO. 03 OF 2016 (SENATE BILL)
Sponsored by Chairperson, Budget and Appropriations Committee Hon. Mutava Musyimi
Second Reading
The Kenya National Examination Council (Amendment) Bill
- NO. 01 OF 2016
Sponsored by Hon. Chris Wamalwa
The Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill
- NO. 08 OF 2016
Sponsored by Hon. Wafula Wamunyinyi
The Election Laws (Amendment) (No. 3) Bill
- NO. 63 OF 2015
Sponsored by Chairperson, Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs Hon. Samuel Chepkonga
The Kenya Roads Bill
- NO. 26 OF 2015
Sponsored by Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
 
The Warehouse Receipts System Bill
- NO. 12 OF 2015
Sponsored by Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
The Public Finance Management (Amendment) Bill
- NO. 04 OF 2015
Sponsored by Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
The Kenya Regiment (Territorial Force) (Repeal) Bill
- NO. 39 OF 2015
Sponsored by Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House

Bills before the Senate

Second Reading
THE HEALTH BILL
- NO. 14 OF 2015 (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL)
Sponsored by the Senate Majority Leader Sen. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki
The Natural Resources (Classes of Transactions Subject to Ratification) Bill
- NO. 54 OF 2015 (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL)
Sponsored by the Senate Majority Leader Sen. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki
The Political Parties (Amendment) Bill
- NO. 02 OF 2016 (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL)
Sponsored by the Senate Majority Leader Sen. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki
The County Governments (Amendment) Bill
- NO. 21 OF 2015
Sponsored by Sen. John Lonyangapuo
The Medical Practitioners and Dentists (Amendment) Bill
- NO. 02 OF 2016
Sponsored by Sen. (Prof.) Wilfred Lesan
The Micro and Small Enterprise (Amendment) Bill
- NO. 12 OF 2015
Sponsored by Sen. Kimani Wamatangi
The National Hospital Insurance Fund (Amendment) Bill
- NO. 09 OF 2015
Sponsored by Sen. Martha Wangari
The Order of Precedence and Titles Bill
- NO. 11 OF 2015
Sponsored by the Senate Majority Leader Sen. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki
The Energy Bill
- NO. 50 OF 2015 (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL)
Sponsored by the Senate Majority Leader Sen. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki
The Access to Information Bill
- NO. 36 OF 2015 (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL)
Sponsored by the Senate Majority Leader Sen. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki
The Seeds and Plants Variety (Amendment) Bill
- NO. 43 OF 2015 (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL)
Sponsored by the Senate Majority Leader Sen. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki
The Petroleum (Exploration Development and Production) Bill
- NO. 44 OF 2015 (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL)
Sponsored by the Senate Majority Leader Sen. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki
The Community Land Bill
- NO. 45 OF 2015 (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL)
Sponsored by the Senate Majority Leader Sen. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki
The Land Laws (Amendment) Bill
- NO. 55 OF 2015 (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL)
Sponsored by the Senate Majority Leader Sen. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
The Petition to County Assembly (Procedure) Bill
- NO. 35 OF 2015
Sponsored by the Chairperson, Standing Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights Sen. Amos Wako
The County Outdoor Advertising Control Bill
- NO. 11 OF 2015
Sponsored by Sen. Mutula Kilonzo Jnr.

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