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Weekly Newsletter - Issue No 240
17th June - 21st June 2019

Editorial

Are Kenyans getting value for their money from MPs?

On the release of the Bunge Scorecard this past Sunday, we anticipated that it would create buzz as it has done since the inception of it in 2014. The release of the scorecard for the past five years has been characterized by equal applause and backlash from constituents to their leaders depending on where the latter sits on this list. Understandably, Kenyans are interested and invested in knowing whether their representatives are implementing their mandate as spelt out in the Constitution. Being the MPs’ employers, it makes sense to see whether we’re getting value for our money.

This report reviewed the Hansard from September 2017 to December 2018. A period during which the political environment underwent many changes. Kenya had just come from a historic Presidential election annulment, then went through a second Presidential election late in 2017, then Raila Odinga was sworn is the people’s president in January 2018 before shortly going into the handshake mood in March that same year. Which would explain the interesting findings that this report contained. Unlike previous years where the opposition emerged the top, this report revealed a dominance by the ruling party. Begging the question, did the handshake quell the opposition’s appetite to critique Jubilee’s stand on issues?

As expected, a few legislators from both sides of the divide came out to dismiss the report on the basis that using the number of one’s appearance on the Hansard wasn’t sufficient enough to prove that they indeed work. Which may be a valid point, considering that the mandate of an MP isn’t restricted to the floor of the House. However, the burden of proof lies with the legislators to showcase how they have used their time in Barazas and church fundraisers to undertake their roles of appropriation, oversight, participation and legislation. Sadly, those who’ve come out to rubbish the Scorecard have been seen politicking, drumming support for their preferred candidate for an election that is about 3 years away.

News of the Week

Parliamentary Scorecard 2018 released

Find out how your Member of Parliament performed in 2018 here 

                                                                                                     

Mzalendo finds a new home

Mzalendo is currently enjoying the hospitality of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy at ACK Gardens, Upperhill. Sincere appreciation to Heinrich Boll Foundation for hosting us and their continued support.                                                                                     

PSC proposal on civil service raises concern with Senate

Senators are concerned on the new government policy to freeze permanent employment in the civil service claiming no consultation/public participation happened. PSC announced as part of reforms to reduce the wage bill, the gov't will hire civil servants on contract from July 2019. New civil service will sign 3-year contracts, renewable after a satisfactory performance while serving staff will sign performance contracts.
The Senate’s Labour Committee dismissed this proposal and warned on negative implications on productivity. The Labour Committee promised to invite the PSC to give an explanation on the process. The committee will engage the CoG, trade unions, PSC to ensure that it is implemented in the public’s interest.

Transport Committee order audit on airstrips

MPs want a full audit of 8 airstrips in the country to determine their viability as the government continues to spend millions of shillings renovating them. The Transport Committee expressed concerns about the economic value of some airstrips, which continue to burden taxpayers.

DP directs Treasury to pay pending bills by end of June

The Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council convened on Tuesday, 18th June 2019, where they (Governors and Deputy President Ruto) resolved that the Treasury will release Sh 65 Billion to pay pending bills by the end of the June. The DP said suppliers whose payments had been flagged as ineligible by the Auditor General will have their issues heard and addressed by a special committee in every county.

"Government is deliberately frustrating us," Team Tangatanga.

Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro claimed that the government was planning to use the police and the KRA to frustrate those in Team Tangatanga. He said friends and co-lawmakers alike had warned him to keep his support for the DP low-key or risk finding himself in trouble.
Kandara MP Alice Wahome has claimed the state is targeting leaders supporting the DP. She says the State has revived a 2012 civil suit against her, with the DCI now ready to prosecute her in what is a civil matter that has nothing to do with the DCI. Ms. Wahome castigated the President for criticizing elected leaders and for claiming to have a road map for taking Kenya forward without involving them. Mukurweini MP Anthony Kiai said it was wrong for the President to criticize the leaders in public. He added that Jubilee MPs have never understood the details of the President’s handshake with ODM leader Raila Odinga in March 2018.

Quote of the Week

"The government is extremely disjointed when it comes to addressing the question of the wage bill. The issue of the wage bill is serious than amending the Constitution"

Quote Senate Majority Leader Senator Kipchumba Murkomen during a Senate Parliamentary Sitting on June 20th 2019.

Lest we forget

"I was shocked at the information that they were giving me in relation to the work an MP does. I actually came and saw it live for myself when I arrived here.....This is why this Motion is important because we need to ease some of the pressure of MPs, so that they can do the core-work of being an MP, which is community development but primarily, legislative work."

Sentiments by Suba North Hon Millie Odhiambo debating on the waiver on Mortuary fees on April 27th 2011.

Read the Hansard

Newsmaker this Week

Kapseret MP, Oscar Sudi was a subject of mockery online after he seemed to have "gone soft" towards President Uhuru Kenyatta, when the latter paid the Rift Valley region a visit amid heated politics between the two camps within Jubilee. Mr Sudi who's strongly allied to Deputy President Ruto, had previously accused the President of using state machinery to target Rift Valley leaders. He, however, changed tune during the president's visit and asked him to ignore rumours since the region is still behind him. 
On Sunday, the Kapseret legislator also faced heat from the public after the Bunge Scorecard revealed him among the silent members in the House. He quickly dismissed the report saying that his work outside the House is evident.

... PROFILE

Bills before the National Assembly

First Reading
THE STREET VENDORS (PROTECTION OF LIVELIHOOD) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 10 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Charles Kibiru
Second Reading
THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY BILL
- NO. 27 OF 2018
Sponsored by Leader of Majority Hon Aden Duale
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
Presidential Reservations on the Insurance (Amendment) Bill
- NO. 21 OF 2018
Sponsored by Hon Joseph Kirui Limo
Consideration of Senate amendments to the Public-Private Partnerships (Amendment) Bill
- NO. 52 OF 2017 
Sponsored by Leader of Majority Hon Aden Duale
The Kenya Accreditation Service Bill
- NO. 17 OF 2018 
Sponsored by Leader of Majority Hon Aden Duale

Bills before the Senate

Second Reading
THE KENYA MEDICAL SUPPLIES AUTHORITY (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 38 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Mary Seneta
THE PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 01 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Aaron Cheruiyot and Sen Isaac Mwaura
THE COUNTY HALL OF FAME BILL
- NO. 39 OF 2018
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
THE CONSTITUTION OF KENYA (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 02 OF 2019
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
THE LOCAL CONTENT BILL
- SEN. BILLS NO. 10 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen. Gideon Moi
THE COUNTY GOVERNMENTS RETIREMENT SCHEME BILL
- NO. 10 OF 2018 
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
THE STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 24 OF 2018)
Sponsored by Sen Samuel Poghisio
THE MENTAL HEALTH (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 32 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Sylvia Kasanga
THE COUNTY PLANNING (ROADS, PAVEMENTS AND PARKING BAYS) BILL
- NO. 18 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Ledama Olekina
THE COUNTY OUTDOOR ADVERTISING CONTROL BILL
- NO. 19 OF 2018 
Sponsored by Sen Samuel Poghisio
THE COUNTY LAW COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT BILL
- NO. 25 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen George Khaniri
THE COUNTY WARDS (EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT) BILL
- NO. 34 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Mahamud Mohamed
THE COUNTY STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS BILL
- NO. 21 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Samuel Poghisio
THE NATIONAL COHESION AND PEACE BUILDING BILL
- NO. 35 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Judith Pareno
THE DATA PROTECTION BILL
- NO. 16 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Gideon Moi
THE DETERMINATION OF THE NATURE OF BILLS (PROCEDURE) BILL
- NO. 30 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Mutula Kilonzo Jnr. and Sen Sakaja Johnson
THE COUNTY OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY BILL
- NO. 28 OF 2018 
Sponsored by Sen Ledama Olekina
THE COUNTY GOVERNMENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 11 OF 2017
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
THE COUNTY WARDS (EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT) BILL
- NO. 34 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Mahamud Mohamed

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