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Weekly Newsletter - Issue No 227
11th March  - 15th March 2019

Editorial

“The war against hunger is truly mankind’s war of liberation.” – John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States.

It’s business unusual as Kenya is now wearing a face of hopelessness with several of her citizens from 13 counties said to be at the brink of starvation. Fifty-six years on after independence we have a country unable to provide the most basic need to hundreds of thousands of Kenyans, with the spotlight shining on Turkana. With the heavy rains expected to delay even longer and the recent mass looting surrounding dam projects intended to help with irrigation, there’s little to hope for as a nation.

But the irony of an excess of produce in counties nearby doesn’t escape many Kenyans. One wonders, what really is the role of the state corporation – National Cereal and Produce Board (NCPB) and Ministry of Agriculture. To this day farmers are still struggling to find avenues to sell their maize, while encountering scandals that riddle NCPB. That the enquiry into maize scandals in 2010 and 2018 never yielded anything, is proof of the government’s lack of commitment to resolve the drought issue. It is also indicative of lack of concern for those living below the poverty line.

News of the Week

Jumwa's expulsion temporarily barred by tribunal

The Orange Democratic Movement was barred from expelling embattled Malindi MP, Aisha Jumwa by through conservatory orders by the Political Parties Tribunal. The party faced a lot of criticism from leaders allied to the Deputy President over what they termed as a hypocritical move seeing that the ODM party leader, Raila Odinga is now in tune with President Uhuru Kenyatta after the handshake. The case has been slotted on May 7th, 2019.
                                                                                                     

"Graft war is targeted" - DP Ruto allies

Leaders allied to the Deputy President have called out the DCI Kinoti for what they term as a targeted war on graft. Since it emerged that a number of individuals allied to the DP were linked to cases of graft, they have come out strongly stating that the war on graft has become a witchhunt against a specific community. During a TV interview on the JKLive Show, the DPP Noordin Hajj produced a list of suspects that conflicted with their claims proving that there were, in fact, a number of individuals coming from different communities who were being investigated. 

Quote of the Week

"The pain and grief of the families of the Ethiopian Airlines crash is heart-wrenching! Majority are only left with pictures as memories . Sad"

Quote by Makueni Senator Hon Mutula Kilonzo Jnr while talking about the aggrieved families who flew to the Ethiopian Airline Crash scene on March 15th, 2019.

Lest we forget

"This country lacks coordinated efforts. As I speak now, the Arid Lands Resource Management Programme is coming to a close... This country can proudly boast of an early warning system. What has been lacking and most wanting is rapid response by the State to consider the indicators to respond in good time to ensure that our people do not die."

Sentiments by Former Turkana MP and Speaker of the Senate Ekwee Ethuro while contributing to the motion of Establishment of the National Drought Management Authority on July 22nd, 2009.

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Newsmaker this Week

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen continues to wedge a verbal war against the two principals, the DPP and the DCI over what he cited as a targeted war on graft on his community. He stood his ground with these sentiments even after Kenyans on social media labeled him as being biased when corruption is an issue that affects all Kenyans. His allegations even prompted the DPP Noordin Hajj to do the unexpected when he produced a list of communities implicated in the corruption war.

... PROFILE

Bills before the National Assembly

First Reading
THE DIVISION OF REVENUE BILL, 2019
Sponsored by the Chair of Budget & Appropriations Committee Hon. Kimani Inchungwa
Second Reading
THE COUNTY GOVERNMENTS (REVENUE RAISING PROCESS) BILL ​
- NO. 24 OF 2018
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
THE STATUTE LAW (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) (NO.2) BILL ​
- NO. 13 OF 2018
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
THE COUNTY STATISTICS BILL
- NO. 9 OF 2018
Sponsored by Hon. Joseph Kirui Limo 
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
Consideration of Senate Amendments to the Kenya Roads Bill (National Assembly Bill)
- NO. 47 OF 2017
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Hon Aden Duale

Bills before the Senate

First Reading
THE COUNTY HALL OF FAME BILL
- NO. 39 OF 2018
Sponsored by Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
Second Reading
THE NATURAL RESOURCES (BENEFIT SHARING) BILL
- NO. 31 OF 2018 
Sponsored by Sen Agnes Zani 
THE TEA BILL (SENATE BILLS)
- NO. 36 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen. Aaron Cheruiyot
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT RETIREMENT SCHEME BILL
- NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILLS NO. 10 OF 2018
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Hon. Kipchumba Murkomen

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