Weekly Newsletter - Issue No 160
6 November - 12 November, 2017


Devolution makes secession talks superfluous!

Kenya is at crossroads. At the very core is the decision to move on – whatever that means or to take a step back and deal decisively with emerging issues.

Politicians would want us believe otherwise but the important decision here can’t be made until we ask whether we need a Kenya for Kenyans or a Kenya for the elite.

Uganda’s opposition leader Mr. Besigye captures this powerfully when he described the deteriorating relationship among member countries within the East Africa Community (EAC). He said, the integration process will remain a song until it becomes about East African people and not regimes.

To put his words into context; Kenya is now having a subtle diplomatic spat with neighboring Tanzania after the latter auctioned off 1300 cattle that had wandered across the border.

Our country has lodged a formal protest over the same, and of course the torching of over 6000 day -old chicks only made things worse. Tanzania claimed the chicks could spread bird flu.

In the same week, Ugandan Police Officers arrested 22 Kenyans from Migingo Island over fishing dispute and the government’s response according to the Inspector General (IG) is that, he can’t protect people violating Uganda’s territorial integrity.

This captures aptly the crossroad that Kenya finds itself in. On one hand, a country where there are Kenyans who feel they belong and the government will be outraged when their livestock is auctioned if it wanders off the border.

On the other hand is another group of Kenyans who don’t feel they belong because the government will do nothing to bring back their people arrested by a foreign government because – your guess is as good as mine.

Never mind the territorial integrity IG Boinett mentions has no bearing because there is no publicly available record confirming the dispute was ever resolved. Not even a committee of experts report.

The country is in such a bad state that a number of counties allied to the opposition are now considering secession as way of sorting out these challenges. But is this the solution?

News of the Week

Is this the Bill that sorts copyright issues in Kenya?

Musicians, Writers, Poets and other Artists have a reason to smile now that The Copyright (Amendment) Bill is being debated in Parliament. The purpose of the Bill is to improve efficiency and transparency in the collection, management and distribution of royalties that belong to authors, producers, publishers, performers and visual artists among others.

The draft law is proposing to establish a Collective Management Organization Society (CMOs) previously referred to as collecting societies. Musicians who have in the past complained of rip off by firms that use their songs without knowledge or giving them a raw deal are highly encouraged to participate when this bill comes up for public participation. In the meantime they can head over to our dokeza platform to register and make their contribution.


New Bill to deal with Matatu menace in Nairobi and environs

The Nairobi Metropolitan Area Bill is hoping to streamline the public transport sector. The Bill though timely is likely to cause a show-down among counties neighboring Nairobi such as Machakos, Kiambu, Murang’a and Kajiado. The said counties make money from allocating terminuses and granting operation license. This is set to change if the Bill becomes law. At the moment traffic congestion in the city is caused by the public transport vehicles that have taken over most roads leading to the city including path-ways. The Bill has already gone through the first reading.

Battle for EALA nominees to continue

National Assembly approved five nominees to serve in the joint Parliamentary select committee that will vet the nominees to the East Africa Legislative Assembly. However, the showdown between Jubilee and NASA is expected with the Leader of Majority explaining the 12th Parliament is not a continuation of the 11th and therefore allocation of slots will be determined by party’s numerical strength. Jubilee now wants six slots of the nine slots Kenya is expected to fill.


Bill to split country tabled in Parliament

Homa Bay Town MP, Peter Kaluma has drafted the secession Bill seeking to split the country into two: People’s Republic of Kenya and the Central Republic of Kenya. The Bill proposes to have 40 Counties secede and form the People’s Republic as a result of continuous discrimination by previous and current regime and have been left as mere tax payers.

The remaining seven counties that will form the Central Republic of Kenya, according to the Bill are: Murang’a, Nyeri, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Nyandarua, Embu and Tharaka Nithi. The author of the Bill says, marginalized Kenyans do not feel like they belong and will do everything necessary to prevent the Jubilee government whom he accuses of using arbitrary methods to maintain power. Mombasa Governor and his Kilifi counterpart have been making secession calls.


Quote of the Week

"My support was basically for President Uhuru and yes i knew his deputy was William Ruto...I'm being very upfront, i will not support him (Ruto-2022)"

Quote by NARC leader Hon. Martha Karua during a local TV show on September 15, 2017. 2022 Politics already taking shape before a pronouncement is made on the October 26th repeat elections.


Lest we forget

"The peculiarity of Kenya is the tendency to attribute bad behaviour or corrupt activities of other people, to the person fighting these vices."

Sentiments by Hon. Former Chief Justice; (Dr.) Willy Mutunga when giving his last address to the Senate on June 15, 2016.

Read the Hansard

Newsmaker this Week

Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru will be laid to rest in his Kirichu home this week a family spokesman confirmed. The late governor succumbed to injuries resulting from a fatal accident on Thika Super Highway when his car lost control and went through the guard rails.  The Governor was said to be rushing to Nairobi for a talk show when he met his death. This is the second governor to die in office and unfortunately from the same county. Deputy Governor Mutahi Kahiga has already been sworn in to take over from the deceased. He is the only Governor without a deputy, seeing as the constitution did not envision a scenario where a deputy governor is elected or appointed.

Kindly read the personal statement of the late Nyeri Governor's demise as read out by the Nyeri Town MP on the link below.

...Personal Statement 

Bills before the National Assembly

First Reading
- NO. 40 OF 2016
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
- NO. 41 OF 2017
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
- NO. 43 OF 2017
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
Second Reading
- NO. 34 OF 2017
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House


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