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Weekly Newsletter - Issue No 154
25 September - 1 October, 2017

Editorial

Dear MPs, refrain from drafting laws to settle scores; you will hurt our future!

This week has been without a doubt the most jaw-dropping since the political temperatures begun soaring shortly before the August 8th polls.

Politics aside, there is a serious deficit of values in this country. That a young man such as Embakasi East MP would stand on a podium and attack another presidential candidate with unprintable words and the people cheer is just absurd.

And if you think Babu Owino crossed the line, you probably didn’t hear Nairobi governor “respond” to him. Mike Sonko not only called the MP unbelievable names, he threatened him with rape!

At this rate, Ezekiel Mutua should classify political rallies in Kenya PG 18. It was really sad to see people cheering as the governor promised to send people to sodomise a Member of Parliament.

This vengeance culture our politicians are displaying is not only setting a bad example but will completely destroy the fabric of our nation. An eye for an eye will make us all blind.

It’s the same thing playing out between NASA and Jubilee regarding the October 26th presidential repeat-elections. Both sides coming with strong positions and none is yielding.

News of the Week

Jubilee MPs use numerical strength in the House to change election laws

Jubilee lawmakers are determined to change the election laws ahead of the October 26th repeat-presidential elections. Opposition MPs stormed out of the House terming the Bill retrogressive but that did not stop the Jubilee MPs from using their tyranny to make the Bill go through the first reading. The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill 2017 seeks to change the qualifications of the chair and allows for deputy chair to take over in the even the chair is “missing” or any other member where deputy is not available.

The Bill further gives preeminence to manual tallying where there’s a discrepancy with the electronic. Consequently the results can’t be annulled where forms used do not have the required features. The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill 2017 ensures any presiding officer and returning officer who knowingly fails to sign or fill completely result forms, is jailed for five years without fine. The European envoys have also joined opposition NASA saying the Bill makes it risky for IEBC to carry out its mandate.

 

Former MPs’ body guards recalled over personnel constraints

Kenya Police Deputy Inspector-General sent a circular to all regional commanders to withdraw security of all former MPs over what he is quoted on the local papers as “severe personnel constraints currently facing the service arising from growing demand to respond to a number of security challenges”. The circular leaked to the media shows the decision to withdraw security also targets NASA leaders, Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka.

The circular states that Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka who both are Kenyans of high standing as former Prime Minister and former Vice President will retain one officer to guard a designate resident. The issue has brought a lot of complains mostly from opposition NASA supporters but the government has denied frustrating their opponents or disclosing the exact number of officers assigned to them. The withdrawal of security officers from NASA leaders came shortly before the planned NASA demos to demand reforms at the IEBC.

 

EACC, DCI to probe IEBC

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has ordered investigative bodies Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to form a joint team of investigators to begin enquiries on Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) with regard to the bungled August 8th elections. The DPP Keriako Tobiko gave the joint team of investigators, 21days to report back to him. The joint team of investigators from EACC and DCI will determine whether electoral or criminal offences were committed by the IEBC officials.

  

Murang’a and Uasin Gishu Senators appointed temporary speakers

Senator Irungu Kang’ata (Murang’a) and Margaret Kamar (Uasin Gishu) have been appointed temporary Speakers until the Speaker’s panel is formed. This, the Senate Deputy Speaker, Kithure Kindiki (Meru) said was to ensure there is no vacuum in the absence of the speaker or his deputy. Both Senator Kindiki and Speaker Ken Lusaka are busy campaigning for Jubilee in the presidential repeat-elections scheduled for October 26th.

   

Quote of the Week

"We want to emphasize to the diplomatic community...whenever we hold demos it's in strict compliance with the constitution...it's a right we'll continue to enjoy without any coercion or blackmail."

Quote by Siaya Senator James Orengo, shortly after attending the NASA, Jubilee meeting with IEBC Chair, Wafula Chebukati on October 3, 2017

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Lest we forget

"All these deaths are going on when there are police officers patrolling. I am asking the Minister what action he will take...Has the Government abandoned Kirinyaga, in which case you can tell us to secede?"

Sentiments by Hon. Martha Karua when responding to the ministerial statement on the circumstances under which 43 people were killed in Kirinyaga by vigilante/outlawed sect, Mungiki on June 2, 2009.

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Newsmaker this Week

Gatundu South MP, Moses Kuria made headlines this week after NASA MPs accused him of plotting with state machinery to revive the outlawed Mungiki sect to disrupt NASA Anti-IEBC demos. Hon. Kuria denied the allegations stating the opposition NASA was targeting him and preparing a script to use at the International Criminal Court (ICC) should the political temperatures get unbearable and the country plunges into chaos. He said though he has nothing against politicians who associate with the outlawed sect he is not part of them and does not associate with them. Moses Kuria is notorious for making remarks that are seen by his critics as hate speech but has never been convicted of any charges.

... PROFILE

Bills before the National Assembly

First Reading
THE PUBLIC TRUSTEE (AMENDMENT) BILL 
- NO. 32 OF 2017
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
the copyright (amendment) bill 
- NO. 33 OF 2017
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
THE ELECTION OFFENCES (AMENDMENT) BILL 
- NO. 38 OF 2017
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
THE ELECTION LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 39 OF 2017
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
Second Reading
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House

Public Participation

Deadline for submitting representation on the following  Bills expires tomorrow, Thursday 5th October, 2017.

The said Bills under public participation are:

  • The Election Offences (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 38 of 2017)
 
  • The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 39 of 2017)

Interested members of Public are advised to forward their presentations to: 

The Clerk of the National Assembly,
P.O. Box 41842 – 00100 Nairobi

hand-delivered to the Office of the Clerk of National Assembly, Main Parliament Buildings, Nairobi;
or
emailed to clerk@parliament.go.ke on or before Wednesday,2nd March 2016.

Invitation by Select Committee on the Election Laws, 2017 to interested members of public to attend public hearing on the Election Bills from 9am at the Mini Chambers, County Hall, Parliament Buildings, Nairobi. Hearing continues until Thursday 5th October.

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