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Weekly Newsletter - Issue No 245
22nd July - 26th July 2019

Editorial

Cancer has reached crisis point

As at September 2018 Kenya registered the highest number of cancer deaths in East Africa compared to neighbors, Uganda and Tanzania. This is according to a World Health Organization (WHO) Globocan report that revealed cancer kills 32, 987 Kenyans a year compared to Tanzania and Uganda with 28, 610 and 21, 829 cases respectively. It is this mind-boggling figures and the fact that cancer rates are expected to double by 2026 that really hammers home that cancer is indeed a national crisis.

In one month alone, we’ve lost three prominent figures to the disease; Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore, Industrious Kibra MP Ken Okoth and trailblazing Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso. Cancer isn’t the only common denominator as these three figures all went to seek treatment abroad and were either victims of late diagnosis or misdiagnosis. This just mirrors a larger problem that is facing a lot of Kenyans who sadly lack the means to fight this disease as these three great leaders attempted.

While leaders have the privilege of medical insurance that gives them access to the best facilities globally and medical practitioners, most Kenyans rely on NHIF to cater to their medical expenses in public medical facilities. Even then, some are denied access to medical care as was the case of the late Esther Wambui whose story epitomized a broken healthcare system that needs to be fixed urgently. A video surfaced online of her sister crying in desperation after Kenyatta National hospital turned them away after they were unable raise Ksh 1, 950. It took the intervention of well-wishers for her to be admitted at the referral hospital but sadly Esther died on July 15th 2019 only for her family to deal with the sad reality of an outstanding hospital bill to be able to lay her to rest.

News of the Week

Mixed reactions for Dr Aukot's Bill

Thirdway Alliance’s Punguza Mzigo Bill has drawn mixed reactions from lawmakers of the ruling party and opposition. Opposition leaders led by Senate minority leader James Orengo urged supporters to ignore the Punguza Mzigo drive and instead focus on the BBI. While Senate majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen and Nominated MP Ole Sankok through their weight behind the Dr Aukot’s Bill. Mr Sankok noted that there is indeed an overrepresentation hence the need to reduce the number of MPs as proposes by Aukot’s Bill.
Chepalungu MP Gideon Koskei says Kenyans would not support thereduction of constituencies as they were development avenues in the rural areas outside the county government structure.

                                                                                                      

Local businessmen to have priority in contracts in proposed Bill

The Public Procurement and Asset Disposal (Amendment) Bill 2019 that is now in the public participation stage aims to stop foreigners from undertaking projects that can be done by Kenyans. The Bill sponsored by Mathira MP Rigathib Gachagua seeks to protect local businessmen against unfair competition from foreigners by having all contracts and supplies not exceeding Sh 1 billion exclusively reserved for Kenyan companies. All contracts & supplies above Sh 1 billion will be done in joint venture arrangements between foreign firms and Kenyan companies with locals having a 30% stake. 
This will allow for positive gains for the economy, which will include technology transfer so Kenyans can have the capacity to undertake similar projects in the future.

AG and CoB's terms come to an end

The Senate's County Public Accounts and Investments Committee has asked President Kenyatta to declare the Auditor General's office vacant. The terms of the current Auditor-General and Controller of Budget end on 16th September and 26th August 2019 respectively. 
The County Public Accounts and Investments Committee warned that leaving the two offices vacant for long could lead to a financial crisis in the counties. The Law does not provide for the appointment of interim officials.

Proposed amendments to lessen the burden for unemployed youth

Saboti MP Caleb Amisi and Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa have proposed amendments to the Social Assistance Act and Employment Act respectively that are meant to cushion youth and the unemployed against harsh economic times. Mr Amisi wants the Social Assistance Act no 24 of 2014 amended so that any unemployed youth can receive a hardship allowance of Sh 12,000 every four months in form of assistance from the government.
Mr Barasa seeks to amend the Employment Act No 1 of 2017 to provide for the absorption of diploma and graduate interns by public and private firms and to have them paid Sh 25, 000 every month. The Kimilili legislator also seeks to make provision for a requirement for all employees to file annual internship returns with the director of employment.

Mental Health (amendment) Bill passed in Senate

The Mental Health (Amendment) Bill 2018 sponsored by nominated senator Sylvia Kasanga was unanimously passed by the Senate. The Bill will be passed to National Assembly for considering before being assented to law by the President, as is the procedure.

Shollei tables Bill to increase number of MPs

Uasin Gishu Women Rep Gladys Shollei has sponsored a bill, the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill 2019, which seeks to increase the number of MPs from 416 to 560. The Bill aims to solve the two-thirds gender rule. The Bill seeks to raise the number of nominated MPs to the National Assembly from the current 12 to 22, with the new slots limited to people with disabilities. The Bill seeks to remove the 47 Women Reps, nominated women MPs in the Senate and more than 800 nominated MCAs. 
Further, the Bill aims to amend Article 97 of the Constitution to add 136 women MPs in the National Assembly who will be elected by registered voters in two adjacent constituencies making up a single-member constituency. The Bill seeks to have 100 Senators constituting of a man and a woman with each county constituting a constituency.

Quote of the Week

"I am a Senator today, not for future Senate positions. We have to stop postponing development and do it now."

Quote by Nominated Senator Dr Isaac Mwaura during a chat with Mzalendo Trust on July 24th 2019.

Catch his full interview on our YouTube Channel

Lest we forget

Most patients waste a lot of money travelling even outside the country only for them to be told that they are suffering from cancer; this is because our hospitals do not have the facilities within this country to detect this kind of disease. It is high time the Government came up with a programme to put in place for this disease.

Sentiments by Former Lamu Women Representative Shakila Abdalla contributing to a Motion to upgrade hospitals into cancer/renal centres in counties on June 05, 2013.

 

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Newsmaker this Week

Uasin Gishu women representative took many by surprise when she tabled a constitutional amendment that proposes an increase in members of Parliament when the dominant conversation for weeks has been on reducing the ballooning wage bill burden on taxpayers, through cutting down the number of MPs as proposed by Punguza Mzigo. Her Bill instead proposes that the Women Representative be scrapped off and instead each county will be required to vote one man and woman. This is just the latest proposal in the wake of referendum talks.
 

... PROFILE

Bills before the National Assembly

First Reading
THE DIVISION OF REVENUE (NO. 2) BILL
- NO 59 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Kimani Ichung'wah
THE COMPETITION (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 49 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
THE INSURANCE (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 50 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
THE FINANCE BILL
- NO. 51 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Joseph Limo
THE CONSTITUTION OF KENYA (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 53 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Gladys Boss Shollei
THE LAND (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 54 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Simon King’ ara
THE BANKING (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 55 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Jude Njomo
THE PARLIAMENTARY PENSIONS (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL
- NO. 56 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Wangari Mwaniki
THE PARLIAMENTARY PENSIONS (AMENDMENT) (NO.3) BILL
- NO. 57 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Andrew Mwadime
THE PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION BILL
- SENATE BILL NO. 16 OF 2018
Sponsored by Hon William Kipkemoi
THE COUNTY STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS BILL
- SENATE BILL NO. 21 OF 2018
Sponsored by Hon William Cheptumo
THE COUNTY OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY BILL
- SENATE BILL NO. 28 OF 2018
Sponsored by Hon Paul Koinange
THE DETERMINATION OF THE NATURE OF BILLS (PROCEDURE) BILL
- SENATE BILL NO. 30 OF 2018
Sponsored by Hon William Cheptumo
THE STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS (AMENDMENTS) BILL
- SENATE BILL NO. 24 OF 2018
Sponsored by Hon William Cheptumo
Second Reading
THE DIVISION OF REVENUE (NO. 2) BILL
- NO. 59 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Kimani Ichungw'ah
THE COUNTY GOVERNMENTS (REVENUE RAISING PROCESS) BILL
- NO. 24 OF 2018
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
THE SECTIONAL PROPERTIES BILL
- NO. 23 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
THE NATIONAL DROUGHT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 26 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
THE NATIONAL HOSPITAL INSURANCE FUND (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 5 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Emmanuel Wangwe
THE ANTI-CORRUPTION AND ECONOMIC CRIMES (AMENDMENT)BILL
- NO. 6 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Ndindi Nyoro
THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 4 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Jude Njomo
THE INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS OF KENYA BILL
- NO. 3 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Chrisantus Wamalwa
THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO.15 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Martha Wangari
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
The Division of Revenue (No.2) Bill)
- NO. 59 of 2019
Sponsored by Hon Kimani Ichung'wah

Bills before the Senate

First Reading
Second Reading
THE COUNTY HALL OF FAME BILL
- NO. 39 OF 2018
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
THE PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 1 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Aaron Cheruiyot and Sen Isaac Mwaura
THE CONSTITUTION OF KENYA (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 2 OF 2019
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
THE COMMISSION ON ADMINISTRATIVE JUSTICE (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 6 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Petronilla Were Lokorio
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM AND HERITAGE (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 7 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Alice Milgo
THE CANCER PREVENTION AND CONTROL (AMENDMENT) BILL
-  NO. 9 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Abdullahi Ali
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT RETIREMENT SCHEME BILL
- NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILLS NO. 10 OF 2018
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
THE LOCAL CONTENT BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 10 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Gideon Moi
THE NATURAL RESOURCES (BENEFIT SHARING) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 31 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Agnes Zani
THE ELECTION LAWS (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL
- SENATE BILLS NO. 37 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Agnes Zani
THE MENTAL HEALTH (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 32 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Sylvia Kasanga
THE ELECTION LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 33 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen Ledama Olekina

Public Participation

Departmental Committee on Finance and National Planning invites interested members of the public to submit their views and representations on the Parliamentary Pensions (Amendment) Bill No. 3 of 2019.  

Comments, input or memoranda may be forwarded to:
The Clerk of the National Assembly
P.O. Box 41842-00100, Nairobi.


or

hand-delivered to the Office of the Clerk, Main Parliament Buildings, Nairobi on or before, Wednesday, 7th August 2019 by 5 pm; or
emailed to clerk@parliament.go.ke before or on, Wednesday, 7th August 2019 5 pm. 

Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs invites interested members of the public to submit their views and representations on the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill No. 53 of 2019.  

Comments, input or memoranda may be forwarded to:
The Clerk of the National Assembly
P.O. Box 41842-00100, Nairobi.


or

hand-delivered to the Office of the Clerk, Main Parliament Buildings, Nairobi on or before, Wednesday, 7th August 2019 by 5 pm; or
emailed to clerk@parliament.go.ke before or on, Wednesday, 7th August 2019 5 pm. 

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