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Mzalendo's Weekly Newsletter
Issue No 73: 7th - 13th Feb 2016

  • The Mzalendo Scorecard on MPs performance in 2015 has sent shock-waves across the country as some of the most popular law makers didn’t appear to be that interested in the house business. The report we prepared using the Hansard showed that the least active MPs were from Lamu, Tana River and Kwale while the most active ones were from Siaya, Kakamega and Homabay counties. Nairobi county MPs topped the list of 27 MPs that said nothing in the year 2015.
 
  • In Kenya open air markets get ravaged by an unknown fire most of the time and hardly do investigations reveal anything, this week, it was a county assembly.
    A mysterious fire gutted down the Makueni county assembly leading to loss of property worth millions as reported by the local media.
    This is the same county where five people were shot two years ago including the governor’s chief of staff over a chaotic meeting between MPs and MCAs.
    The stalemate between the governor and MCAs toned down after Governor Kivutha Kibwana sought to dissolve the county.
    It is neither clear how the fire started as there are different accounts from witnesses. Ongoing investigations have not yet figured the cause of the fire.

     
  • Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Director of Communication, Phillip Etale was arrested during the Malindi by-election for alleged electoral malpractice.
    He was accused of attempting to hack IEBC system with the motive of rigging the elections. Mr. Etale however denied the allegations. He was later released without charge.
    Meanwhile Mwea MP, Peter Njuguna was caught with Ksh. 200, 000 which appeared as money used to bribe voters but the MP explained that he was going to buy water with the money
 
  • IEBC perfomance appears shaky at a most critical period. Politicians drowned the electoral commission’s voice in the Malindi and Kericho by-elections with both ruling coalition and the opposition accusing each other of rigging claims.
    IEBC’s inability to stamp its foot as a powerful independent commission capable of overseeing credible elections even in a by-election is worrying considering the general elections are only months away.
    Additionally, the IEBC took issue with political leaders who did not get involved in the registration exercise claiming that regions where political leaders were involved had impressive registration results. Critics have questioned whether IEBC is admitting failure to conduct proper civic education throughout the country hence the poor outcome.
 
  • Kenyans through the registrar of parties need to hold political parties accountable over their spending following the recent media reports that KANU, CORD and Jubilee had passed the Ksh. 1billion mark by close of campaign, terming it a first for by-elections in Kenya.
    It’s about time political parties made public an audit report on their spending otherwise political parties would freely engage in corruption in a bid to get funding just to win elections. Patriotic Kenyans must therefore ask what ties parties have with those who fund them and what it means if they win otherwise 2017 will make the by-election’s spending appear like child’s play but at whose cost?
 
  • On international women’s day, Kenyan women leaders spoke about the need to fast-track the Affirmative Action Bill to enhance representation of women country wide.
    Despite attempts to ensure gender parity there are still fewer women players at important political positions.
 
  • Ethics and Anti-Corruption commission (EACC) chair Philip Kinisu admitted to a parliamentary committee that they made a mistake clearing former Devolution Cabinet Secretary, Anne Waiguru over the NYS saga.
    The EACC chair claimed the mistake was caused by a communication breakdown with other government agencies.
 
  • Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says they are investigating cabinet secretaries involvement in politics after complaints by CORD and KANU over the use of public resources in the recent by elections and the presence of Cabinet Secretaries on the campaign trail.
    Nonetheless, Energy CS Charles Keter denied any communication from IEBC on the same. The Elections Act, bars state officers from political campaigns
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  • The dust on NYS or ‘Chikengate’ scandal hasn’t settled yet and now local media reports that the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) may be the biggest scandal yet.
    Contrary to the Kenyan law and international best practice China Road and Bridge Corporation which won the main construction tender appears to relate to a consortium that won the design supervision tender. This therefore means the country can’t get value for money as the supervisor is not likely to give a negative report on the contractor.
 
  • Hon. Nicholas Gumbo the chair of the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) has submitted the names of those he claims are interfering with the ongoing probe on Huduma Centers.
    PAC wrote to the speaker Justine Muturi and Head of Civil Service Joseph Kinyua asking for their intervention.
    The chair PAC noted that the tactics used by these individuals alleged to obstruct investigations were last minute requests of rescheduling of appearance or submissions of incomplete or unsatisfactory responses by the accounting officers

    Public Participation
  • Members of Public are invited to present their views on the National Government Constituency Development Funds, Regulations 2016 through written memoranda . The memoranda  maybe forwarded to the Chief Executive Officer, P.O.Box 46682-00100, or hand-delivered to National Government Constituencies Development Fund Board Secretariat, Harambee Sacco Plaza (Junction of Uhuru Highway and Haile Selassie Avenue ), 10th floor Nairobi, or any CDF office, at constituencies level between 8:00am and 5:00pm or emailed to regulations2016@cdf.go.ke to be received on or beforeThursday, March 17th 2016 before or at 5:00pm
Editorial: Let's Be Real Education Matters in Policy Making

Most of us have only guessed at it but it turns out educated legislators actually perform better than less educated ones. While compiling Parliament’s annual scorecard, we realized that education played an important role in the quality of debate argued by an individual on the floor of the House Read More

Quote of the Week
Sentiments by Hon. James Nyikal on Tuesday 8th March 2016 when contributing his support for a petition in the National Assembly on medical malpractices by Medanta Africare Hospitals.

"There is a serious problem in the country with regard to referral of patients abroad. To begin with, it is not always that whenever a person is referred, he or she is likely to benefit. We are realizing, as a country, that we have organisations that do not have proper medical backgrounds. They are agents of transferring patients."

Newsmaker(s) this week:
Youth Cabinet Secretary revealed that the Youth Fund Board paid Ksh. 180M to a non-existent ICT consultancy fund. The CS and the Fund’s acting chief both confirmed the contract to be fictitious and was done through a deceitful process
 
Bills in the Senate

Second Reading
THE FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT BILL(NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 18 OF 2014) sponsored by The Senate Majority Leader Sen. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki

THE PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL (SENATE BILL
NO. 13 OF 2015) sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Sen. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki

THE NATIONAL CEREALS AND PRODUCE BOARD (AMENDMENT)BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 15 OF 2015)sponsored by Sen. (Dr.) Zipporah Kittony

THE MICRO AND SMALL ENTERPRISES (AMENDMENT) BILL, (SENATE BILL NO.12 OF 2015) sponsored by Sen. Kimani Wamatangi 

THE COUNTY STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS BILL, (SENATE BILL NO.10 OF 2015) sponsored by Chairperson Sessional Committee on Delegated Legislation Sen. Kisasa Mshenga

THE COUNTY LIBRARY SERVICES BILL, (SENATE BILL NO.6 OF 2015) sponsored by Sen. Joy Gwendo

THE ORDER OF PRECEDENCE AND TITLES BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 11 OF 2014) sponsored by The Senate Majority Leader  Sen. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki

Bill(s) in the Committee of the Whole House
THE WATER BILL, (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO.7 OF 2014) sponsored by Senate Majority Leader, Sen. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki

THE KENYA NATIONAL EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL, (SENATE BILL NO.7 OF 2015)sponsored by Sen. David Musila

THE UNIVERSITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 31 OF 2014) sponsored by Sen. Halima Abdille

THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY ATTORNEY BILL, (SENATE BILL NO. 37 OF 2014) sponsored by Chairperson, Standing Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights Sen. Amos Wako

THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY PRINTER BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 42 OF2014) sponsored by Sen. Stephen Sang

THE COUNTY ASSEMBLIES SERVICES BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 27 OF 2014) sponsored by Chairperson, Standing Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights Sen. Amos Wako


THE COUNTY HALL OF FAME BILL (SENATE BILL NO. 33 OF 2014) sponsored by Chairperson, Standing Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights Sen. Amos Wako


Bills in the National Assembly

Second Reading
THE COMMUNITY LAND BILL, (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO.45 OF 2015) sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party, Hon. Aden Duale

THE LAND LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL, (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO.55 OF 2015) sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party, Hon. Aden Duale

THE ENERGY BILL, (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO.50 OF 2015) sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party, Hon. Aden Duale

THE CONSTITUTION OF KENYA (AMENDMENT) (NO.5) BILL(NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 56 OF 2015) sponsored by Hon. (Eng.) Nicolas Gumbo, M.P.

THE KENYA ROADS (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 26 OF 2015) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

THE SEEDS AND PLANT VARIETIES (AMENDMENT) BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 43 OF 2015) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

THE PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 4 OF 2015) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

THE WAREHOUSE RECEIPTS SYSTEM BILL(NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILLNO. 12 OF 2015) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

THE MISCELLANEOUS FEES AND LEVIES BILL(NATIONALASSEMBLY BILL NO. 30 OF 2015) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

THE KENYA DEFENCE FORCES (AMENDMENT) BILL(NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 41 OF
2015)sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

THE BANKING (AMENDMENT) BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO.62 OF 2015) spoonsored by The Hon. Jude Njomo, M.P.

THE SEEDS AND PLANT VARIETIES (AMENDMENT) BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 43 OF 2015) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

Third Reading
THE NATURAL RESOURCES (CLASSES OF TRANSACTIONS SUBJECT TO RATIFICATION) BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 54 OF 2015)sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party 
Hon. Aden Duale

ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 36 OF 2014) sponsored by Hon. Millie Odhiambo-Mabona, M.P.

THE POLITICAL PARTIES (AMENDMENT) BILL (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 5 OF 2015) sponsored by The Hon. Chris Wamalwa, M.P.


Committee of the Whole House
The In-Vitro Fertilization Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 36 of 2014) sponsored by Hon. Millie Odhiambo-Mabona, M.P.

The Natural Resources (Classes of Transactions Subject to Ratification) Bill(National Assembly Bill No. 54 of 2015) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

The Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 44 of 2015) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

The Protection of the Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 48 of 2015) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

The Health Records and Information Managers Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 24 of 2015) sponsored by The Hon. Agostinho Neto, M.P.

The Access to Information Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 36 of 2015) sponsored by The Hon. Priscilla Nyokabi, M.P.

The Health Bill (National Assembly Bill No.14 of 2015) sponsored by The Leader of the Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
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