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Weekly Newsletter - Issue No 233
22nd April - 26th April 2019

Editorial

A Dark Cloud of Unanswered Questions Still Follows the Huduma Number

Recent weeks have seen the queues at Huduma Number registration stations grow longer in the Capital City. Safe to say that the same is being replicated all over the country going by the President’s Delivery Unit tweet that announced that 20 million Kenyans had registered by 28th April 2019. The number grew by 9 million Kenyans in just 9 days, an average of a million per day.

Now as to whether this is a reflection of Kenyans’ enthusiasm to willfully register or not, is debatable. Reason being that there are a couple of factors that are in play to either motivate or demotivate Kenyans to join the bandwagon.

The conflicting information coming from the government and its agencies has had Kenyans in a limbo. In an article on the popular daily, Daily Nation, Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) threatened to block sim cards of all those who would fail to register for the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS). Shortly thereafter, the State House Chief of Staff, Nzioka Waita contradicted the statement via a tweet stating that the government is focused on upholding the court ruling to ensure the process is voluntary.

For government agencies to have the confidence to issues threats that violate court rulings shows there are more issues to raise concerning NIIMS than the official rhetoric about it. For instance, are there any consequences to those who opt out of the registration process that the government is not communicating? Does failure to register put one in a vulnerable position where they’d be subjected to harassment or extortion when seeking government services? Will the Huduma Number have priority over other forms of identification in the near future? The threats coupled with unanswered questions have resulted in a fear-driven populace that chooses to do what the government says lest they become victimized.

News of the Week

PAC wants the Ruaraka land saga probed afresh 

The Public Accounts Committee chaired by Ugunja MP, Opiyo Wandayi has resolved to probe the Ruaraka land saga afresh after the Auditor General raised queries over the compensation of the land where Ruaraka High School and Drive Inn Primary School sit. Mr. Wandayi says the PAC team would make sure it exercises its constitutional mandate and examine the matter with diligence and bring it to a logical conclusion.
                                                                                                     

MPs want to amend Article 100 to include minorities

Members of the National Assembly are planning to introduce two constitutional amendments bills that will widen the special interest groups to include women and other minorities as well as abolish the requirement of the two-thirds gender rule with respect to elective positions. After failing to pass the gender law several times, the MPs have resorted to drafting a Bill which is intended to amend Article 100 of the constitution to have MPs enact a legislation that promotes representation of minorities in parliament.

EACC gets the green light to arrest governors implicated in graft

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Hajj has given EACC the nod to arrest and charge former and current governors under investigations over graft. EACC detectives cited challenges from some of the governors who stalled investigations through court injunctions.

Quote of the Week

"The issue of corruption in his speech was an anti-climax as Kenyans anticipated action. Kenyans want to see people prosecuted and convicted and stolen funds recovered"  

Quote by Kitui Central MP, Hon. Benson Makai Mulu while debating the President's State of the Nation Address on the floor of the National Assembly on April 24th, 2019. 

Lest we forget

"My only concern is that the Senate directed that the issuance of Huduma numbers should be suspended. I have been made aware that the Ministry and all necessary organs proceeded to ignore the direction of the House. We need guidance on how to proceed after the same CS in charge of the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Dr. Fred Matiang'i, ignored the Senate of the Republic of Kenya."

Sentiments by Senator Cherarkey K Samson during the Consultative forum with the CSs for Interior and Coordination of National Government, ICT; The State Law Office and The Department of Justice on March 26th, 2019.

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Newsmaker this Week

Nairobi Governor, Mike 'Sonko' Mbuvi made headlines for calling out other politicians over graft at a church service in St. Stephens ACK just days after he appeared before the Senate Committee to explain why the Deputy Governor vacant seat was still unoccupied. He asked the COTU Secretary-General, Francis Atwoli to refrain from fighting corruption selectively before blasting former Gubernatorial opponent, Peter Kenneth and Nominated MP Maina Kamanda over past acts of corruption. 

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Bills before the National Assembly

First Reading
THE PUBLIC ORDER (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 14 OF 2019 
Sponsored by Hon Simon King'ara
THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT CONSTITUENCIES DEVELOPMENT FUND (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 16 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon. Makali Mulu
THE LABOUR RELATIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 18 OF 2019 
Sponsored by Hon Kimani Inchung'wah 
THE COUNTY GOVERNMENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILL NO. 13 OF 2018
Sponsored by Hon Paul Koinange 
Second Reading
THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY ATTORNEY BILL
- SENATE BILL NO. 03 OF 2018
Sponsored by Leader of Majority Hon Aden Duale
THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY BILL
- NO. 27 OF 2018
Sponsored by Leader of Majority Hon Aden Duale 
THE STATUTE LAW (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL
- NO. 21 OF 2019
Sponsored by Leader of Majority Hon Aden Duale
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
The Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments)(No.2) Bill
- NO. 13 OF 2018
Sponsored by Leader of Majority Hon Aden Duale

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