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Weekly Newsletter - Issue No 229
25th March  - 29th March 2019

Editorial

Reports of Great leadership in Some Counties is a Fresh breath of Air

Since Edward Ouko took charge of the Auditor General’s office in 2011, Kenyans have been accustomed to annual reports that reveal misappropriation of funds with counties being the biggest culprits in recent years.

In a rare occurrence with the 2017/2018 financial year report, Mr Ouko gave Makueni and Nyandarua counties a clean bill of health. This was not only a breath of fresh air but a show of what good leadership can achieve. Governors Kivutha Kibwana and Francis Kimemia not only kept their financial books in check but appropriately drove development in their respective counties.

In a TV interview with Betty Kyalo, Prof. Kibwana displayed a different style of leadership where three things stood out; active participation with daily meet-ups with his staff, humility and graceful interaction with locals and the intentional employment of young people in his office. These and many qualities of the calm leader are what most Kenyans yearn for if the calls on social media for him to run for presidency in 2022 are anything to go by. On being asked about how he’s managed to have staff that serve diligently and evade scandals, he simply responded by saying that when one leads by example even those that work under him will feel to mandated to replicate the same. Attesting to the fact that people always watch what their leaders do and follow in their strides. Corruption yields corruption, while honest service yields diligence across the board.

News of the Week

Strict measures for farmers in new Crop Bill 

 Farmers will be subjected to tough measures if the new Crop Bill becomes law. The Bill states that any person obstructing a food crops inspector from accessing farms or processing premises will be liable for a jail term of up to three years
The use of animal manure to plant crops will become illegal in the Crops (Food Crops) Regulations Bill 2018 that seeks to tighten regulations governing food production, processing, marketing, imports, and
exports.
The Bill will also restrict farmers from growing crops
in land next to sites that could result in contamination of soil, water or air. 
The new tough regulations propose the appointment of food inspectors to ensure that food crops and products are up to par with local and international standards. The Bill that was drafted by the Agriculture Cabinet Secretary, The Agriculture & Food Authority and the County Governments is yet to be tabled in Parliament after final drafting by the Attorney General. 

                                                                                                 

MPs want doctors withdrawn from Cuba

The parliamentary health committee is set to meet the Health Ministry for a second time as some members of the committee have thrown their weight behind doctors who’re asking for their colleagues to be brought back from Cuba following the death of Dr Ali Juma.
MPs now want to know why doctors were shipped to Cuba for a course that is available locally only for complaints to arise about the deplorable conditions they work and live in. Among other things MPs seek to find out is the stipend, salary disbursement and general well-being of the doctors. 
The Ministry of Health through its Principal Secretary Susan Mochache has defended itself from allegations by the doctors that they were coerced to go to Cuba, stay and complete the programme due to threats from the government.

Staffing crisis in schools presents challenge to new Education CS

Prof George Magoha was sworn in as the Education Cabinet Secretary at the State House alongside Wycliffe Ogalo who took oath of office as the Commissioner General of the Kenya Prisons Service. The former KNEC Chairman now takes up the heavy task of streamlining the education sector that is currently facing a staffing crisis with the implementation of the 100% transition policy.
There’s a shortage of 87, 737 teachers, with primary schools and secondary schools in need of 57, 380 and 30, 357 respectively. 
The shortage is expected to go higher in the next three years but to curb this, the government will need to pump in more funds to the TSC to hire more staff and acquire the services of interns to ensure every student is accorded proper education
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"Recognize Village Elders" - George Murugara

Tharaka MP, George Murugara sponsored a motion that will see Village elders enjoy a range of benefits including a monthly pay of Ksh 10,000. Supported unanimously by other lawmakers, MPS acknowledged the critical role they play at the village level in facilitating national government services.

Quote of the Week

"If the Governor is straight, it is not easy for people under him to be crooked, because they would be afraid, and when discovered they would be fired. When you see someone cutting too many deals, then it also means that some of the top leadership could have a problem"

Quote by Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana during an interview on UpClose with Betty discussing the recent Clean Bill of Health given to Makueni by the Auditor General on March 29th, 2019.

Lest we forget

 "We have a tendency of going for the blood of the innocent and leaving the real culprits outside the dragnet. It is, therefore, important for this House, especially now that we are debating this very important Speech, to send a very strong message that Kenya is not a country of corrupt people. We cannot have thieves becoming the heroes of this country just because of their looted wealth. We have to fight that vice from this House." 

Sentiments by the late Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination, Major General Joseph Nkaissery sharing sentiments after the President's address on March 02, 2010.

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Newsmaker this Week

On a TV Interview, Devolution Cabinet Secretary, Eugene Wamalwa denied there being proof of deaths by starvation and insisted that Kenya is food secure with enough in the reserves. His claims have however been contradicted by local leaders on-ground and several news reports that have confirmed deaths in the affected counties with Baringo and Turkana counties being most affected. He called on the county governments to beat hunger in their own capacity and issued a stern warning to anyone found guilty in the drought mitigation process. 

... PROFILE

Bills before the National Assembly

First Reading
THE NATIONAL COHESION AND INTEGRATION COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) BILL ​
- NO. 12 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Maina Kamanda
Second Reading
THE COUNTY STATISTICS BILL
- NO. 9 OF 2018
Sponsored by Hon. Joseph Kirui Limo 
THE SALARIES AND REMUNERATION COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) BILL ​
- NO. 12 OF 2018
Sponsored by Hon Joseph Kirui Limo
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
The County Governments (Amendment)(No.2) Bill ​
- NO. 7 OF 2017
Sponsored by Administration & National Security Committee Chairperson Hon Paul Koinange
The Division of Revenue Bill
- NO. 11 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Kimani Inchung'wah

Bills before the Senate

First Reading
Second Reading
THE NATURAL RESOURCES (BENEFIT SHARING) BILL
- NO. 31 OF 2018 
Sponsored by Sen Agnes Zani 
THE TEA BILL (SENATE BILLS)
- NO. 28 OF 2018 
Sponsored by Sen Ledama Olekina
THE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS BILL ​
- NO. 9 OF 2018
Sponsored by the Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen
THE ELECTION LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL ​
- NO. 33 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen. Ledama Olekina
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
THE ASSUMPTION OF OFFICE OF THE COUNTY GOVERNOR BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 01 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen. Kimani Wamatangi
THE COUNTY GOVERNMENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL ​
- NO. 13 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Aaron Cheruiyot

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