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Weekly Newsletter - Issue No 204
17 September - 23 September, 2018

Editorial

If two wise men always agree, one is redundant; if Legislature always agrees with Executive, perhaps we don’t need it.

Montesquieu, the French Political Philosopher is credited for having introduced the principle of separation of powers in one of his popular works, “The Spirit of laws” in the 18th century. He argued that if all three powers (Executive, Legislature and Judiciary) were held by the same person, then there would be a dictatorship and arbitrary rule would prevail.

The 12th Parliament has unfortunately appeared more interested in pleasing the Executive than over sighting it – right from the moment the MPs took oath of office. They hurriedly amended the election laws in what they thought would give President Uhuru and his deputy an upper hand should the Judiciary attempt to nullify the elections.

And what little hope left for Parliament to challenge the Executive was extinguished on March 9, after President Uhuru and opposition leader Raila Odinga shook hands in the name of giving peace a chance. What the country didn’t know at that time, was that the opposition MPs would also be whipped into doing the Executive’s bidding as was the case last Thursday.

That Parliament was unable to veto the President’s memorandum on the Finance Bill, despite the overwhelming support by the public to shoot down the memo was a clear indication that MPs are not afraid of their employers (we, the people), but the Executive. And that the President hastily signed Finance Bill, 2018 into law as the opposition makes incoherent statements is proof enough that Wanjiku is on her own.

The events of that special sitting on Thursday last week will be remembered for a very long time, especially because of the manner in which the House Leadership conducted itself. If one was to watch again that debate, one would conclude that the House leadership had an already determined position – upholding the President’s memo at all cost; even if it means flouting House rules.

News of the Week

President Uhuru signs Finance Bill 2018 into law despite public outcry

President Uhuru wasted no time in signing into law the controversial Finance Bill, 2018 despite the public outcry. And while Treasury CS has come to the defense of the President saying national debt is sustainable and will come down following the three year fiscal plan the govt has put in place; majority MPs in what appears as a first for the 12th Parliament publicly complained about the manner in which the House leadership played them to give the President his way. The MPs were responding to the public outcry resulting from a previous implementation of the 16% VAT on petroleum products.

MPs summon Head of Civl Service over scholarship award irregularity

National Assembly Public Accounts Committee chaired by Ugunja MP, Opiyo Wandayi has summoned the former Head of Public Service, Francis Muthaura over the irregular manner in which the govt had been awarding scholarships to Kenyans studying abroad.

National Assembly House Leadership on the spotlight over failure to veto President's memo

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, Majority leader, Aden Duale and his minority counter part John Mbadi came under sharp criticism from their colleagues and the public following the passing of the Finance Bill, 2018. The legislatures led by Ruaraka MP, TJ.Kajwang' complained about the manner in which the leadership went about their business on that day. They accused the acting temporary Madam Speaker, Hon. Soipan Tuya of riggng their vote which was done by public acclamation, and the House leadership for engineering a quorum hitch. Some MPs are now threatening to remove from office the House leaders including Speaker, Justin Muturi. 

President Uhuru signs the Coast Guard Bill 2018

President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the Coast Guard Bill 2018 to enable management and enforcement of laws relating to the country's internal and territorial waters. The Act establishes the Coast Guard service which will enforcing maritime security and safety, pollution control and sanitation measures as well as prosecution of offenders. 

Quote of the Week

"NASA [coalition] offers its conditional support for the initiative to cut VAT from the initial 18% to 16%...we offer support for the VAT for a period of one year."

Quote is part of a speech by Minority Chief Whip, Junet Mohammed on behalf of the coalition, explaining their support for the President's memorandum to Parliament on the Finance Bill, 2018 on September 18, 2018

Lest we forget

"It is the responsibility of the Opposition, constitutionally and legally, to criticise and tell the Government what it has not done or achieved."

Sentiments by Hon. Junet Mohammed when debating the motion on the Presidential Address on April 14, 2016.

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Newsmaker this Week

Narok Women Representative, Roselinda Soipan Tuya made headlines this week after presiding over a Parliamentary voting process that the public and majority of the members present concluded was shambolic. Hon. Soipan Tuya who presided over the MPs vote on the President's memorandum on the Finance Bill 2018 was accused of failing to conduct a head-count on members present before signaling for and 'rigging' the vote by officially recognizing the Ayes when the Nays clearly overwhelmed the former. The vote that was done via acclamation was so chaotic that members remained disorderly throughout the process. 

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Bills before the Senate

Second Reading
THE PETROLEUM BILL
- NO. 48 OF 2017 (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL)
Sponsored by the Senate Majority Leader Sen. Kipchumba Murkomen
THE PETITION TO COUNTY ASSEMBLIES (PROCEDURE) BILL
- NO. 22 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen. Judith Pareno
THE PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 57 OF 2017 (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL)
Sponsored by the Senate Majority Leader Sen. Kipchumba Murkomen
THE COUNTY PLANNING (ROADS, PAVEMENTS AND PARKING BAYS) BILL
- NO. 18 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen. Ledama Olekina
THE LOCAL CONTENT BILL
- NO. 10 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen. Gideon Moi
THE IMPEACHMENT PROCEDURE BILL 
- NO. 15 OF 2018
Sponsored by the Chairperson, Standing Committee on Justice, Legal Affairs and Human Rights Sen. Samson Cherarkey
THE DATA PROTECTION BILL
- NO. 16 OF 2018
Sponsored by the Chairperson, Standing Committee on Information and Technology Sen. Gideon Moi
THE COUNTY STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS BILL
- NO. 21 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen. Samuel Phogisio
THE COUNTY OUTDOOR ADVERTISING CONTROL BILL 
- NO. 19 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen. Samuel Phogisio
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
THE COUNTY BOUNDARIES BILL
- NO. 06 OF 2017
Sponsored by Sen. Mutula Kilonzo Jnr.
THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY ATTORNEY BILL
- NO. 03 OF 2018
Sponsored by the Chairperson, Standing Committee on Justice, Legal Affairs and Human Rights Sen. Samson Cherarkey
THE FOOD SECURITY BILL 
- NO. 12 OF 2017
Sponsored by the Senate Majority Leader Sen. Kipchumba Murkomen
THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY PRINTER BILL
- NO. 07 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen. Petronila Were

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