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Weekly Newsletter - Issue No 262
2nd December - 6th December 2019

Editorial

The Rain is Beating Us and There’s No Ark to Shield Us

The festivities have begun on a rather dump and muddy note with the unrelenting downpour. Heavy rains have been reported in many areas of Kenya and neighbors such as Uganda, Somalia and Ethiopia. The result has been damage to properties, roads, mass displacement and deaths of hundreds who’ve either been trapped under layers of earth or swept away by dangerous water currents.

This natural extreme we’re currently experiencing is the exact opposite of the drought that afflicted Northern parts of Kenya earlier this year, a matter that was passionately addressed by the Senate once images of emaciated residents of Turkana surfaced on the internet. A motion by Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula sort interventions by government to provide urgent aid to the starving families and put in place measures to avert such disasters.

“At the moment we are struggling to deliver food to those who need it now. Tomorrow, we will be unable to deal with floods and the havoc that is going to be caused by huge rains,” said Senate Majority Leader Hon Kipchumba Murkomen on March 19th 2019. What sounded like a prophecy by Senator Murkomen has indeed come to pass. Unlike the drought that the government tried to downplay as fake news, the rains have simply refused to be ignored. Cities have been affected in equal measure as the grassroots. From flooded apartments, bursting sewers and traffic snarl ups, it is evident that urban planning and disaster preparedness is something that still ails us

News of the Week

People's Shujaaz Awards 2019 Winners Unveiled

Mzalendo Trust is pleased to announce the 2019 winners People’s Shujaaz Award.  Initiated in 2014, the People Shujaa’s Awards seek to honor Members of Parliament who champion public interest issues on the floor of the House at both the National Assembly and the Senate.  Announced a day before Jamhuri Day, the Awards are meant to complement the National Honours the Presidency bestows on Kenyans for exemplary service to the country every year. 
The 2019 People’s Shujaaz Awards saw a total of six out of the nine awards go to women MPs recording the highest number of female winners since inception. The list of 24 nominees had a 50:50 gender ratio with a total of 17 being first-timers in Parliament.

 

MPs want audit on funds spent on portable clinics

National Assembly Public Accounts Committee wants the Auditor General to undertake a comprehensive performance audit of the payment of Sh 1 billion for the supply of 100 portable medical clinics after raising concerns that the government may not get value for money. Despite being procured more than two years ago, the portable clinics are still lying idle at NYS yard in Mombasa despite lack of such facilities in slums and rural areas where they were to be taken to ease the agony expectant mothers endure. The Committee accused EACC for taking too long to investigate the matter despite having commenced investigations into the alleged fraud in 2017.
Further, the MPs trashed Health PS Susan Mochache’s explanation relating to the project justification as well as the cost of portable clinics versus constructed ones, saying this did not address all the issues raised satisfactorily. The Committee’s move comes after the Auditor General in the 2016/2017 financial year said it was nt possible for the government obtained value for money for the expenditure.

Quote of the Week

"Jambo la kusikitisha ni kwamba ufisadi ndani ya hii nchi ndio umefanya sisi rasilimali zetu hatuezi zipata"

Quote by Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo contributing to a Statement on the Operationalization of the mining Act and Royalty Fund, on December 3rd 2019.

Lest we forget

 At the moment we are struggling to deliver food to those who need it now. Tomorrow, we will be unable to deal with floods and the havoc that is going to be caused by huge rains. We know next year at such a time as this, there will also be drought in some parts of the country and if we do not do something, people will die. We need to just deal with the simple things of planning.

Sentiments by Senate Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen while seconding a motion on the State of Drought, Starvation and Food Security in the Country on March 19th 2019.

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Newsmaker this Week

Nairobi Governor Mike 'Sonko' Mbuvi was arrested following the DPPD Noordin Hajj's order over a graft charge. The dramatic arrest happened a few kilometres from view, after which the governor was airlifted to Nairobi. The DPP said Sonko had used goons to threaten law enforcement officers carrying out their constitutional mandate. Sonko was in custody and arraigned in Milimani Courts where he was released on Sh 15 million cash bail.

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Bills before the National Assembly

First Reading
THE CONSTITUTION OF KENYA (AMENDMENT) (NO.6) BILL
-  NO. 76 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Vincent Mogaka
THE LAW OF SUCCESSION (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 75 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon. Peter Kaluma
THE PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT (AMENDMENT) (NO.4) BILL
- NO. 78 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Samuel Atandi
THE BUSINESS LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 80 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
Second Reading
THE INSURANCE (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 50 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
THE PARLIAMENTARY PENSIONS (AMENDMENT)(No.3) BILL
- NO. 57 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Andrew Mwadime
THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT CONSTITUENCIES DEVELOPMENT FUND (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO.16 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon (Dr.) Makali Mulu
THE TEA BILL
- SENATE BILL NO. 36 OF 2018
Sponsored by Hon Adan Hajj
THE EQUALISATION FUND BILL
- NO. 43 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Kassait Kamket
THE KENYA INSTITUTE OF CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 33 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Joyce Emanikor
THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 4 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Jude Njomo
THE HIGHER EDUCATION LOANS BOARD (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 9 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Ruweida M. Obo
THE PUBLIC ORDER (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 14 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Simon King’ara
THE PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 22 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Kimani Ichung’wah
THE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT AND ASSET DISPOSAL (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 36 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Rigathi Gachagua
THE IMPEACHMENT PROCEDURE BILL
- SENATE BILL NO. 15 OF 2018
Sponsored by Hon William Cheptumo
THE KENYA ROADS BOARD (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 77 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
The Nuclear Regulatory Bill
- NO 27 of 2018
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
The Supplementary Appropriation (No.2) Bill
- No. 81 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Kimani Ichung'wah
The Kenya Roads Board (Amendment) Bill
- NO. 77 of 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale

Bills before the Senate

First Reading
Second Reading
THE KENYAN SIGN LANGUAGE BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 15 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen (Dr.) Getrude Musuruve and Sen. (Prof.) Margaret Kamar
THE CARE AND PROTECTION OF CHILD PARENTS BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 11 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Beatrice Kwamboka
THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 14 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Isaac Mwaura
THE ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 19 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Sylvia Kasanga
THE COUNTY LICENSING (UNIFORM PROCEDURE) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 17 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Mercy Chebeni
THE STATUTE LAW (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) (NO. 2) BILL
- NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILLS NO. 13 OF 2018
Sponsored by Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL
- NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILLS NO. 35 OF 2019
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
THE ELECTION (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 18 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Ephraim Maina
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
THE ELECTION LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 33 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Ledama Olekina
THE KENYA MEDICAL SUPPLIES AUTHORITY (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 38 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Mary Senata
THE CANCER PREVENTION AND CONTROL (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 9 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Dr. Abdullahi Ali
THE COUNTY HALL OF FAME BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 39 OF 2018
Sponsored by Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
THE COUNTY TOURISM BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 5 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Agnes Zani
THE STREET VENDORS (PROTECTION OF LIVELIHOOD) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 10 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Charles Kibiru
THE RETIREMENT BENEFITS (DEPUTY PRESIDENT AND DESIGNATED STATE OFFICERS) (AMENDMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 2 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Ledama Olekina
THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CHILDREN’S HOMES BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 12 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Agnes Zani

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