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Weekly Newsletter - Issue No 246
29th July - 2nd Aug 2019

Editorial

On the matter of citizens’ perception on MPs’ roles

“If I don’t promise my people roads, bridges, hospitals and schools, I won’t be elected as an MP,” said nominated Senator Abshiro Halake during Civic Awareness Research that was launched last week. Perhaps this marks the origin of the mismatch between legislators’ constitutional mandate against the public’s perception and expectations of them.

In reality, lawmakers’ output which is mainly measured by the policies and laws passed may not be as appealing as that of the executive in both national and county government level that is heavily measured on the number of development projects brought to life. Kenyan MPs are yet to translate their roles into a palatable form of development that their citizenry can and should yearn for. As the Senator would explain, when a legislator is met with the pushback of “I can’t eat laws”, they easily cave and copy the manifesto of the executive which then comes back to bite them at the next ballot over failing to deliver their promise.

The report further reveals that MPs are evidently victims and perpetuators of the Big Man Syndrome. “They love to show up in convoys and awe the public”, Churchill Suba noted during the launch which then sets the precedence of the public’s dependency on leaders to meet their individual personal needs. Attesting to these personal demands by Kenyans, not a day goes by without Mzalendo receiving a call or message directed to one of the MPs concerning medical emergencies, school or business needs. Bringing to fore the misunderstanding of MPs’ mandate. During our interactions with our representatives, most of us have been guilty of using a self-serving approach that is problematic as the results borne out of those interactions are short-sighted and less impactful. 

News of the Week

Mzalendo launces Civic Awareness Research

Mzalendo launched a Civic Awareness Research dubbed, Beyond the Ballot: An analysis of citizens' perceptions of the roles or public and state officers on Wednesday 31st July 2019. Guest speaker Nominated Senator Abashiro Halake highlighted the challenges that legislators face on the matter of perception and understanding of their roles with a bit of focus on women and nominated members. 

                                                                                                      

Sonko urges COG to avoid financial crisis in counties over DoR

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has urged the Council of Governors to accept the Sh316 billion allocated to the counties saying the push and pull will hinder development in the counties. The National Assembly's version of the Division of Revenue Bill allocated Sh316 billion to the counties whereas that of the Senate, supported by the CoG, is pushing for Sh335 billion. National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi said the move by the CoG for more funds is unrealistic.

AG and CoB to appear before committee over pending bills discrepancy

Auditor General Edward Ouko and Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo will appear before the County Public Accounts and Investments Committee in what is likely to be their last engagement with Parliament before the end of their terms. The two will meet the committee to discuss the sensitive issue of pending bills in counties. A special audit by the AG revealed that pending bills in counties amounting to Sh 57.12 billion are fake and therefore ineligible for payment.
Mr Ouko says the reason for ineligibility for the pending bills as of June 30, 2018, is because of lack of documentation and work or services not done or delivered. Ms Odhiambo, on the other hand, indicated that the outstanding pending bills in the counties stood at Sh 108.41 billion as of June 2018. Among the issues the committee wants the two to respond to is the source of the discrepancy and develop a common position on the right figure.

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.

Senate calls for reduced electricity tariffs

The Senate Energy Committee chaired by Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina wants electricity tariffs reduced in order to lower the cost of energy, with special focus being on customers who consume less that Sh 100 per month. The Nyeri legislator says affordable, fair billing system will also mean better living standards for Kenyans and encourage the expansion of industrialization, which is one of the pillars of the government’s Big Four agenda. 
After it emerged that KPLC lost Sh 35 million through irregular generation and sales of power tokens, the committee is keen on ensuring Kenyans and country are fairly charged for power consumption.

Geriatric Bill to cater to welfare of elderly persons

Kiambu Woman Representative Gathoni Wamuchomba has sponsored a bill to compel the national government to enhance the welfare of elderly persons. The Geriatric Bill seeks to have care centres set up in every county for persons aged 65 and above. If passed by the National Assembly, the elderly would be covered by the NHIF at a subsidized cost. Hon. Gathoni Wamuchomba says the bill provides the creation of the National Council for Older Members of the Society to address their welfare.

Audit reveals misuse of funds for relief food

Auditor General Edward Ouko’s latest report unearths what appears to be blatant misuse of public funds meant to cater to the distribution of relief food for vulnerable persons in The State Department of Special Programmes under the Ministry of Devolution. The report tabled last week in National Assembly by majority leader, Aden Duale unearthed discrepancies in the relief foodstuff receipts and distribution meaning that it may not have reached intended beneficiaries.
For instance, Mr Ouko notes that the State Department of Special Programmes does not follow up to ensure any relief foodstuff sent to the counties is received by the intended beneficiaries. Mr Ouko also notes that although the documentation involved in the procurement of the relief commodities were made available, those for distribution to beneficiaries and the basis of their selection were not provided for audit scrutiny.

Parliament wants cancer declared a National Disaster 

Members from both Houses of Parliament have called for the declaration of cancer as a national disaster to give it the attention it deserves. The Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi says legislators are ready to commit more funds to fight cancer. On their part, Senators say cancer treatment should be offered free of charge in all hospitals and should be classified under the Universal Health Care Programme. Laikipia Woman Representative Catherine Waruguru who has presented a motion in the National Assembly, says once it becomes a bill and passed by Parliament, the Treasury will have to allocate Sh14 billion annually to fight cancer countrywide.
This followed the loss of prominent people; Bob Collymore, Kibra MP Kenneth Okoth and Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso to the disease in a span of one month

Quote of the Week

"One thing is for sure, if you want to effect significant change Parliament is a good place to be. You can do legislation that outlives you"

Quote by Nominated Senator Abshiro Halake during the launch of the Civic Awareness Research on July 31st 2019.

Lest we forget

"Today, people compete about who gives more during harambees and who attends the most harambees. It is so sad for us Members of Parliament representing counties because we have several constituencies to cater for."

Sentiments by Former Nyandarua Women Representative Wanjiku Muhia supporting the Public Fundraising Appeals Bill on September 01, 2016.  

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Newsmaker this Week

Nairobi County Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko shocked the country when he revealed that the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth had a second wife and a son during Okoth's memorial service at Moi Girls' School. He then went ahead to say that the lady in question Anita Thumbi was nominated into the Nairobi County Assembly. During his speech he stated that he would ensure that Okoth's family would recognize the minor to make sure he's catered for. His speech elicited mixed reactions, with critics saying that it was not his place to make such revelations especially considering the choice of place to do so.

... PROFILE

Bills before the National Assembly

First Reading
THE COUNTY ROADS, WALKWAYS AND PARKING BAYS BILL
- SENATE BILL NO. 18 OF 2018
Sponsored by Hon David Pkosing
THE COUNTY OUTDOOR ADVERTISING CONTROL BILL
- SENATE BILL NO. 19 OF 2018
Sponsored by Hon Kanini Kega
THE COUNTY LAW COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT BILL
- SENATE BILL NO. 25 OF 2018
Sponsored by Hon William Cheptumo
THE COUNTY WARDS (EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT) BILL
- SENATE BILL NO. 34 OF 2018
Sponsored by National Government Constituencies Development Fund Committee
THE DIVISION OF REVENUE BILL
- SENATE BILL NO. 13 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Kimani Ichung'wah
THE PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 48 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon Alexander Kosgey
Second Reading
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
THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES (AMENDMENT) (NO.3) BILL
- NO. 35 OF 2019
Sponsored by Hon William Cheptumo
THE STATISTICS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 37 OF 2019
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
Third Reading: Committee of the Whole House
Consideration of Senate amendments to the Public Private Partnerships (Amendment)Bill
- NO. 52 of 2017
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale
The National Flag, Emblems and Names (Amendment) Bill
- SENATE BILL NO. 8 of 2017
Sponsored by Hon Paul Koinange
the salaries and remuneration commission (amendment) bill 
- SENATE BILL NO. 12 of 2018
Sponsored by Hon Joseph Limo
The Nuclear Regulatory Bill
- NO. 27 of 2018
Sponsored by Majority Leader Hon Aden Duale

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 CONSTITUTION OF KENYA (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 2 OF 2019
Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Sen Kipchumba Murkomen
THE CANCER PREVENTION AND CONTROL (AMENDMENT) BILL
-  NO. 9 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Abdullahi Ali
THE CONTROL OF STRAY DOGS BILL
- NO. 4 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Mary Seneta
THE COUNTY TOURISM BILL
- NO. 5 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Dr Agnes Zani
THE STREET VENDORS (PROTECTION OF LIVELIHOOD) BILL
- NO. 10 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Charles Kibiru
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 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 ELECTION LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL
- 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 Seneta
THE PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 3 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Dr. Agnes Zani
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM AND HERITAGE (AMENDMENT) BILL
- NO. 7 OF 2019
Sponsored by Sen Dr Alice Milgo

Public Participation

Departmental Committee on Communication, Information and Innovation invites interested members of the public to submit their views and representations on the Data Protection Bill No. 44 of 2019.  

Kenyans are invited to public hearings in the following counties on the dates scheduled respectively:

1. Mombasa - Kenya School of Government Hall on Thursday, 15 August 2019
2. Kilifi - Makio Kanamai Social Hall on Friday, 16th August 2019
3. Kisumu - New Nyanza Regional Headquarters on Thursday, 22nd August 2019
4. Kakamega - Salvation Army Social Hall on Friday, 23rd August 2019.
5. Kericho - Holy Trinity Academy Hall on Thursday, 29th August 2019.
6. Nakuru - Nakuru Old Town Hall on Friday, 30th August 2019.
7. Laikipia - Nanyuki Social Hall on Friday, 13th September 2019.
8. Isiolo - Silver Bells Hotel on Saturday, 14th September 2019
9. Nairobi - County Hall, Parliament Buildings on Tuesday, 17th September 2019.

 

Departmental Committee on Finance and National Planning invites interested members of the public to submit their views and representations on the Public Finance Management (Amendment) Bill No. 63 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, Thursday, 15th August 2019 by 5 pm; or
emailed to clerk@parliament.go.ke before or on, Thursday, 15th August 2019 by 5 pm. 

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