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Weekly Newsletter - Issue No 212
12 November - 18 November, 2018

Editorial

Of Building Bridges and the Slow Death of Opposition in Parliament

In a country like Kenya where those who form the government don’t get a convincing lead in terms of votes or it remains controversial; the views and interest of those who vote for opposition must be guarded. But what happens when the same opposition “joins government”?

There are genuine fears that the President’s handshake with the opposition leader Raila Odinga on March 9th effectively killed the opposition. Something the opposition led by the vocal ODM leaders continue to deny. Senate Minority leader James Orengo is on the record saying the handshake hasn’t affected the opposition’s ability to play their role.

NASA co-principals, Musalia Mudavadi has maintained the opposition is alive and well, even intimating that he was the true face of opposition in light of the handshake, yet he commands a very small number in Parliament; suffice to argue there’s no alternative voice beside the government’s going by the voting pattern on key motions.

If we thought the passing of the controversial Finance Bill, 2018 signaled the end of opposition going by the behavior of the House leadership that fateful day – both majority and Minority leaders engineered the quorum hitch. Then the appointment of Raila Odinga as the African Union’s High Representative for Infrastructure and his Nasa Co-Principal Kalonzo Musyoka’s appointment by President Uhuru to head the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) on peace in South Sudan, served to confirm the death and burial of opposition in Kenya.

Indeed, even the other NASA co-principals, Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi are reportedly having meetings with aides of either President Uhuru or his Deputy William Ruto.

The sad bit about all this, is that while the opposition leader keeps talking about his March 9th handshake with the President at every opportunity and reassuring his support base that their interests are still taken care of; nobody besides him, the President and the 14member committee task force on the building bridges initiative knows what the outfit is all about.
 

News of the Week

MP wants Chinese Involvement in Public Contracts Limited

Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua has termed as Chinese invasion the apparent Chinese involvement in the public contracts. In a proposal to amend the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act, 2015, the MP hopes to prevent foreigners from bidding for any contract that’s valued at less than Sh1billion as a way of protecting local business. The MP says the proposal has already garnered considerable support from both government and opposition MPs and that he intends to bring it to Parliament early next year.


Former MPs, MCAs from Embu Back Building Bridges Initiative; Lobby for Referendum

Former Embu Lawmakers led by the 2017 Presidential Candidate, Joe Nyagah have vowed to lobby Embu residents to support the call for referendum to amend the Constitution. The 15 former MPs and MCAs promised to hit the ground and popularize the referendum if the 14-member committee of the Building Bridges Initiative makes the recommendation. The leaders who met with the former Prime Minister and AU envoy, Raila Odinga, promised to shelve 2022 politics to give the initiative by the President and his opposition counterpart a chance to unite the country.

Jubilee ‘Rebel MPs’ want DP Ruto and his Allies Probed over Maize Scandal

MPs, Joshua Kutuny (Cheranganyi), Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills) and Silas Tiren (Moiben) now place the blame over the losses farmers faced in the maize and fertilizer scandals directly on Deputy President William Ruto. The three Jubilee MPs perceived as rebels want the DP and his allies investigated over these scandals claiming the cartels frustrating farmers are directly linked with him. The MPs who had met with farmers in Eldoret asked the DP to stop the 2022 politics and deal with the issues farmers are facing in Rift Valley. The trio have questioned why their farmers are being told to grow alternative crops when majority Kenyans eat ugali as the staple food, suggesting there was a bigger plot to give cartels the monopoly to import maize.

Quote of the Week

"Everyone of us wants to live a good life. But before we as leaders live a good life, shouldn't we first make sure that our people are living a good life?"

Quote by President Uhuru Kenyatta to MPs, following reports MPs were pushing to have rent-free houses and cars. He said this on November 20, 2018

Lest we forget

"It is very clear that most of these Ministers and the majority of Members of Parliament do not take their kids to public schools. That is why, maybe, the Government does not really see the importance of negotiating."

Sentiments by Hon. Charles Kilonzo when debating the motion for adjournment under standing order No.20 nationwide teachers' strike on January 21, 2009.

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Newsmaker this Week

Former Vice President, Kalonzo Musyoka made headlines this week after he declared his willingness to be the President's errand boy. The statement didn't auger well with opposition leaders, particularly from his Wiper Party. His Party Chairman and Governor of Makueni, Prof. Kivutha Kibwana challenged him to be his own man, alluding to the dalliance with the President as a result of the handshake between Opposition leader Raila Odinga and the President. The former Vice President has nevertheless taken up the appointment by President Uhuru as a peace envoy in the region. His appointment also comes at a time majority Kenyans are debating whether the opposition is dead following the cordial relationship key opposition figures are enjoying with the government.

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Bills before the National Assembly

First Reading
THE NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE BILL
- NO. 26 OF 2018
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
Second Reading
THE STATUTE LAW (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) (No.2) BILL
- NO. 13 OF 2018
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
THE CONSTITUTION OF KENYA (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 04 OF 2018
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
THE PARLIAMENTARY SERVICE BILL
- NO. 06 OF 2018
Sponsored by the Chairperson, Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs Hon. William Kipkorir
THE COUNTY PENSION SCHEME BILL
- NO. 49 OF 2017
Sponsored by Hon. Charles Muriuki
THE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS BILL
- NO. 07 OF 2015
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale
THE NATIONAL FLAG, EMBLEMS AND NAMES (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 08 OF 2017 SENATE BILL
Sponsored by the Chairperson, Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security Hon. Paul Koinange
THE ASSUMPTION OF OFFICE OF THE COUNTY GOVERNOR BILL
- NO. 01 OF 2018 SENATE BILL
Sponsored by the Chairperson, Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security Hon. Paul Koinange
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
The Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill
- NO. 12 OF 2018
Sponsored by the Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale

Bills before the Senate

First Reading
THE COUNTY GOVERNMENTS RETIREMENT SCHEME BILL
- NO. 10 OF 2018 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL
Sponsored by the Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Kipchumba Murkomen
THE DETERMINATION OF THE NATURE OF BILLS (PROCEDURE) BILL
- NO. 30 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen. Johnson Sakaja and Sen. Mutula Kilonzo Jnr. 
Second Reading
THE COPYRIGHT (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 33 OF 2017 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BILL
Sponsored by the Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Kipchumba Murkomen
THE COUNTY OUTDOOR ADVERTISING CONTROL BILL
- NO. 19 OF 2018
Sponsored by Hon. Samuel Poghisio
THE PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 52 OF 2017
Sponsored by the Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Kipchumba Murkomen
THE LAND VALUE INDEX LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 03 OF 2018
Sponsored by the Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Kipchumba Murkomen
THE COUNTY STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS BILL
- NO. 21 OF 2018
Sponsored by Hon. Samuel Poghisio
THE TREATY MAKING AND RATIFICATION (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 23 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen. Fatuma Dullo
THE STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 24 OF 2018
Sponsored by Chairperson, Sessional Committee on Delegated Legislation  Hon. Samuel Poghisio
THE COUNTY LAW COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT BILL
- NO. 25 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen. George Khaniri
THE COUNTY EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION BILL
- NO. 26 OF 2018
Sponsored by Chairperson, Standing Committee on Education Sen.(Dr.) Christopher Andrew Langat
THE PRESERVATION OF HUMAN DIGNITY AND ENFORCEMENT OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RIGHTS BILL
- NO. 27 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen. Abhiro Halake
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
THE RETIREMENT BENEFITS (DEPUTY PRESIDENT AND DESIGNATED STATE OFFICERS) (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 02 OF 2018
Sponsored by Sen. Ledama Olekina

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