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29 April 2016 » Mzalendo

Ever wondered why the goat would never dance to tune no matter how beautifully you play? Indeed Kenyans wonder with the same intensity why MPs would never do their bidding regardless of how much they shout on social media and different platforms about what they want. It’s sad that the National Assembly need another week to be convinced to pass the two thirds gender principle. Never mind that both President Uhuru and opposition leader Raila Odinga both supported the Duale Bill and marshaled...

22 April 2016 » Mzalendo

Not so long ago Kenyans were ranked second happiest people in the region after Somali. For a happy people, it’s rather disturbing how quarrelsome and petty we can get with each other. From the National to the devolved government, Senate to National Assembly, Kenyans are always shouting at each other. The apparent grudge the two levels of government have towards each other is playing out in Parliament. The Senate and National Assembly are at each other’s neck. One minute debating which House is...

14 April 2016 » Mzalendo

Someone did say Kenyans were born on the eighth day. To prove the unique-ness that is our country, trouble is brewing in the banking industry but important people want bloggers and users of social media arrested for the collapse of these banks not fraudsters. Meanwhile, our MPs are now breathing fire! But the all-important question Kenyans are asking is, why the knee-jerk reaction when they could have formulated laws to protect Kenyans before? As the MP for Tongaren Hon. David Eseli puts it,...

08 April 2016 » Mzalendo

Our law makers, besides debating and passing bills have the mandate to represent their constituents and nothing explains proper representation than ensuring they get appropriate service delivery from especially national institutions. Unfortunately, most of our MPs and Senators have never grasped the work cut-out for them. Now that the ICC issue has been put to rest – which pre-occupied our lawmakers so much – let’s revisit this matter of service delivery. It’s becoming common to have...

04 April 2016 » Mzalendo

After two years of scandalous headlines. Kenyans should be forgiven for being a little cynical. Additionally, what equally breeds apathy and hopelessness in the country is the reality that there appears to be no alternative voice. A voice that can be relied upon by Kenyans, all we seem to have are goons. As we approach elections, Kenyans are more concerned about corruption and whether we can have leaders who respect the rule of law. Therefore, it is hypocritical for one to claim a government is...

24 March 2016 » Mzalendo

Our law makers are always attentive and enthusiastic when scrutinizing anything relating to their heavy perks. This excitement and attention is hardly reciprocated when important issues come to the floor of the house. Take the Distribution of Revenue Allocation Bill for Instance; National Treasury and Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) disagree on many issues with regard to funding of counties. But, MPs and Senators who should debate and provide way forward remain lethargic. Devolution was...

18 March 2016 » Mzalendo

Nothing irks than watching someone engage in a pointless activity; even worse when such an activity indirectly affects your life. Despite having been a King of what is now Corinth, Sisyphus is mostly remembered for the useless job that he was cursed to do-rolling a huge rock up a hill and watching it tumble down and repeating the exercise over and over. Like Sisyphus Kenyans have a penchant for using our hard earned taxes on institutions we know won’t deliver but we don’t mind the cycle. It’s...

11 March 2016 » Mzalendo

Most of us have only guessed at it but it turns out educated legislators actually perform better than less educated ones. While compiling Parliament’s annual scorecard, we realized that education played an important role in the quality of debate argued by an individual on the floor of the House For instance, the top five best performers in the National Assembly in the year 2015 all have a postgraduate degree. Indeed this is also true of the Senate where most members are educated; the quality of...

04 March 2016 » Mzalendo

Over 5000 students had their KCSE certificates cancelled over cheating cases in the just released 2015 KSCE examination results. And while the Education CS says, the sharing of the cheating cases shows they had nothing to hide, it also communicates volumes about the moral fabric of our time. Cheating cases in primary and secondary schools examinations have been on the rise. No doubt in our universities as well. However, there’s a direct correlation in the rise of cheating cases and corruption...

26 February 2016 » Mzalendo

The relationship between Kenyans and their elected members of Parliament borders that of an abusive relationship. It’s a typical prime time soap opera TV program that is popular with most Kenyans. These soaps are usually very linear, nothing out of the ordinary. The protagonist (say a woman) will live a miserable life, keeping up with an abusive partner until one day she meets Prince charming who will “open her eyes” to realize she owes the antagonist nothing and she can have a better life with...

23 February 2016 » Mzalendo

The deadline for the submission for Public participation on the Kenya Uwezo Fund Bill, 2015 is Friday 26th February 2016. The said Bill has undergone the First Reading pursuant to Standing Order 127(3) and is now committed to the Departmental Committee on Finance, Planning and Trade for consideration and thereafter makes a report to the House. Pursuant to Article 118(1)(b) and Standing Order 127(3), the Committee invites interested members of the Public to submit any representations they may...

23 February 2016 » Mzalendo

The deadline for the submissions for the public participation on The Election Laws (Amendment) (No.3) Bill, 2015 is on 24th February 2016, closing at 5:00pm. The said Bill has undergone the first reading, pursuant to Standing Order number 127(3) and is now committed to the Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs for consideration. Pursuant to Article 118(1)(b) and Standing Order 127(3), the Committee invites interested members of the Public to submit any representations they may...

18 February 2016 » Mzalendo

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) was supposed to be the savior we turn to when all else fails. As the anti-graft body, it’s the institution that we hoped could bring sanity in all the three arms of government in matters corruption, especially after the underwhelming performance of the 11th Parliament and the judiciary’s reputation hanging in the balance with all the controversy surrounding the highest court in the land. Since its conception under the previous Kenya Anti-Corruption...

15 February 2016 » Mzalendo

Law and policy are closely intertwined, therefore the process of making each must be informed by the other. Legislation is an exclusive Parliamentary task, consequently legislators are expected to take time and observe the environment in its entirety before making a law. In this sense, legislative work is tedious and requires dedication. For a long time now, research in government institutions including Parliament, has been an anathema. This has led to making laws and policies that are out of...

05 February 2016 » Mzalendo

The 11th Parliament may not be Kenya’s favorite House despite its inclusivity. Since its inception in 2013, the National Assembly has been defined by gaffes that range from physical fights to passing pathetic laws. The Senate on the other hand has spent most its time crying wolf and does not have much output to show. As Parliament resumes business, the National Assembly has on its plate Constitutional laws that must be passed before the August deadline. Some of the pending bills are so...

01 February 2016 » Mzalendo

The centrality of political parties in the growth of progressive politics cannot be gainsaid. In democracies political parties are expected to set the standards of good leadership and progressive politics. In a nutshell, they are the drivers of politics and the quality of political parties determines the overall politics in a state. Articles 91 and 92 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, set the threshold for political parties so high in order to prepare them for the respectable job of governing...

22 January 2016 » Mzalendo

Uhuru visits Lamu and issues title deeds to Waitiki’s land squatters. The Kenyatta family gives 2000 acres of land to squatters in Taita Taveta. The two prior statements are recent examples of attempts to address historical land injustices facing Kenya. Given that resolution of historical land injustices remains very emotive is there an attempt to put a framework in place to guide the process? Which institution has the final say on the matter? The National Land Commission was established under...

19 January 2016 » Mzalendo

Last week IEBC launched the “2017 elections operational timelines”. But what is more worrying is that the Electoral commission is preparing us for another seemingly competitive election with a limping integrity. Although, the “Chicken gate scandal”  has already secured convictions in the UK, in Kenya, cases linked to the scandal appear to have been swept under the carpet. Meanwhile, the IEBC lays plans for the next election as if nothing happened. The Chicken gate scandal involved Smith &...

11 January 2016 » Mzalendo

Twenty months away from the 2017 General elections, politicians have started evoking political temperatures and subjecting the country to unnecessary tension. Just last week a foreign journalist expressed her dislike of the current early campaigns by a tweet that read, “It’s literally full election mode here in Kenya and we have another year to go. Not sure I can take this”. The frustrations by the journalist indicates the dangers that politicians are exposing our country to. One, early...

06 January 2016 » Mzalendo

The Miscellaneous Amendment Act that alters section 30 of The Judicial Service Commission Act is suspicious. These changes by the Executive comes at a time when Kenya is gearing up for 2017 general elections. The amendment gives the president a larger latitude in determining the holders of the position of Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice. This sudden quest for more powers by the Presidency raises a number of questions. One, the Chief Justice shall be retiring soon, while his deputy is...

28 December 2015 » Mzalendo

The president recently signed into law the Bill that regularizes the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). The new CDF act known as National Government Constituencies Development Fund sponsored by Eldama Ravine’s MP Moses Lessonet was unanimously passed by members of the National Assembly. This means that the constituencies will continue to receive CDF funds. The new law makes the funds a mandate of the MPs with monies being used to supplement national government development projects in the...

22 December 2015 » Mzalendo

The just concluded People’s Shujaaz Awards offered Kenyans a fresh lens through which to look at Parliamentarians. Despite the despondency that Kenyans show when a thought on Parliament crosses their mind, People’s Shujaaz brought a ray hope. These are the few lessons we learnt from the campaign: Lesson one, there is demand for Parliament to change how it operates. The Legislature has to change the way it communicates to the people. Parliament needs to re-engineer its image. For a long time now...

14 December 2015 » Mzalendo

The corruption song has been sung tirelessly by Kenyans for years; from the Goldenberg Scandal, to the Kazi Kwa Vijana Initiatives and recently the Eurobond Saga and the NYS millions. The need to fight corruption has been reiterated over and over but the government has been a toothless, barking dog. The current government has continuously made promises about curbing the heightened graft in the country but little has happened thus far. With the recent Jamhuri day celebrations, the president once...

07 December 2015 » Mzalendo

Parliament has betrayed its social contract with Kenyans! It is difficult to understand why the most powerful institution established by the 2010 Constitution has consistently performed dismally. Sadly, Wanjiku’s supposed guardian angel has allegedly turned on her by plundering her meagre resources. Since 2013 the 11th Parliament has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. This tendency risks obscuring some of the good work that few Parliamentarians have done. Specifically, Article 94 (4)...

01 December 2015 » Mzalendo

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s cabinet reshuffle this week was met with split reactions from Kenyans. One side questioning the Constitutionality of the appointments while the other praising the move as symbolic of renewed zeal in the war against graft. Both arguments raise an array of issues that Parliament is expected to navigate when reviewing the recent Cabinet Secretaries appointments. To begin with, President Kenyatta seemed to have created a problem in an attempt to solve one. The...

23 November 2015 » Mzalendo

The People’s Shujaaz Awards 2015 are here with us for the second year running and it’s fulfilling to realize that indeed there are Kenyan politicians in Parliament who are working to represent their constituents and the general voter interests.  In a country plagued with massive corruption, incompetent leaders and bad governance systems, we hardly take the time to notice when progressive contributions are made in the both the National Assembly and The Senate. The focus on the negative political...

13 November 2015 » Mzalendo

Presently, the problem of Kenya is not lack of laws, we have enough of them. If they were to be implemented many leaders, politicians, their families and cronies would be in jail. Wherever you look at, from Counties to the National Government corruption glares at you in the face without blinking. In Kenya we have socialized corruption such that the acceptance level of it is really high. Kenyans across the political divide have all become either active supporters and beneficiaries or unworried...

06 November 2015 » Mzalendo

Kenyans would be surprised to know the 2016/17 government budgetary process is already under way. In many ways, the current discussion on the 2013/14 budget implementation and audit reports distracts from the task at hand. Officially, the budget process starts in August of the prior year. From August to December, Treasury must have ministerial consultations and conduct public hearings on the Budget Policy Statement (BPS) before submitting it to Parliament. The budget making process was one area...

02 November 2015 » Mzalendo

Since the 11th Parliament was sworn into office, the opposition has proved to be rudderless and tactless in keeping the ruling coalition in check. While they are outnumbered by the Jubilee coalition, CORD has not shown that even with fewer members, they can still contribute qualitatively to enriching the August House. This has been most vivid in the National Assembly which undertakes national functions. In the House, it only fiercely fought to chair the Public Investments Committee (PIC) and...

26 October 2015 » Mzalendo

Revelations by the Controller of Budget that the Eurobond proceeds were deposited in an offshore account which she has no control over shocked the country last week. The Controller told the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) the said Sh53.2 billion was withdrawn from the account and used to pay a loan without her approval. It was also unclear if the balance of Sh73.4 billion was spent or whether it is still in the account. Her report confirmed findings captured in the 2013/14...

19 October 2015 » Mzalendo

The 11th Parliament had a false start in 2013 and it has never quite found its foot since. Goofing has become its enduring identity. The high House has put aside legislating on national issues and focused on the personal. Last week, the Eldas Member of Parliament received wide support from his colleagues over a Bill that cushioned MPs from criticism. Additionally there is another ridiculous – Parliamentary Society Bill – Bill that proposes counselling and psychiatry services for MPs who lose...

13 October 2015 » Mzalendo

Article 81 of the Constitution stipulates that there should not be more than two thirds gender in elective and appointive positions. Attaining the appointive requirement is quite easy but it is the elective one that needs more focus. The National Assembly pushed the realization of this principle to August 2016. As Kenyans ponder on the final formula, findings from a research Mzalendo conducted suggests women have earned the political positions they hold and make valuable contributions. Some of...

05 October 2015 » Mzalendo

According to the recent Ipos-Synovate study, Kenyans in rural areas are more aware of their legislators and also engage them more than those living in urban areas. This finding goes to show that urban dwellers are disinterested in their local politics, a surprising fact given the ever increasing rural to urban migration. Article 1 of the constitution vests the sovereign power to the people of Kenya and therefore a disinterested citizenry gives out their power. This is unfortunate considering...

28 September 2015 » Mzalendo

The four week long teachers’ strike ended in a stalemate as the Executive remained adamant that the 50-60 per cent pay increment teachers were demanding for could not be met. The strike had significantly affected learners in public schools more so those preparing for their final examinations – KCSE and KCPE. The Employment and Labour relations court stepped in and ordered teachers to suspend the strike and return to class as arbitration was pursued. Though, this teachers strike has been the...

19 September 2015 » Mzalendo

Every year on September 15th the world marks the International Day of Democracy as a special day to strengthen national programmes devoted to the promotion and consolidation of democracy. This year’s theme ‘space for civil society’ was timely especially for us in Kenya where Parliamentarians have recently rejected oversight over their role be it in the form an ombudsman office or media coverage. This week, MPs rejected a proposal to establish an ombudsman office to receive complaints against...

12 September 2015 » Mzalendo

The recently launched Affirmative Action Social Development Fund (AASDF) is against the spirit of the Constitution. Women County Representatives (WCR) lobbied for the fund arguing that without it, their presence at the grassroots level is not being felt. Apparently, the WCRs will spend the Ksh 2 billion kitty to support women, youth and marginalized groups. Projects which the affirmative action fund is designed to support include helping the recovery of sexual and gender-based violence...

07 September 2015 » Mzalendo

Kenyan teachers have been agitating for their pay increase for close to 18 years and Parliament has been right at the centre. In the current tussle, the Budget and Appropriations committee of the National Assembly decided teachers’ salaries would not be implemented because teachers declined to sign performance contracts. Hansard records show the last teachers’ salary review was done 1997 following a strike that led to adopting a phased salary structure that ended in 2007.  Reporting to...

28 August 2015 » Mzalendo

Kenyans went through a grueling past to birth the Constitution in 2010, yet the last five years has seen them leave its implementation to political leaders who as time has proven cannot be trusted. The great expectations and policy demands captured in the Constitution need an engaged citizenry to be realized. The Constitution in article 3 states that every person has an obligation to respect, uphold and defend the Constitution. This clause should translate in Kenyans taking the challenge or...

24 August 2015 » Mzalendo

MPs will have an informal Kamukunji to change the dates for the passage of key Constitutional Bills as August 27th nears without them discussing them as stipulated in the Constitution. A total of 28 Bills were required to have been passed by August 27th. They are the Minimum and Maximum Land Holding Acreage, Agreements on National Resources Bill, Forest Bill, Community Land Bill, Physical Planning Bill, Investigation and Historical Land Injustices Bill, Land Use Bill and Evictions Bill. Others...

17 August 2015 » Mzalendo

The Kenya Defence Forces (Amendment) Bill 2015 that seeks to amend the Kenya Defence Forces Act 2012 has wanting provisions. A study of the recently published Bill reveals key issues that are inconsistent with a free and democratic society. The Bill: Removes the legal requirement for Cabinet Secretaries to monitor defence matters and report the same to the President and Parliament; Removes the requirement for service commanders to commission research and benchmark against best practices on the...

08 August 2015 » Mzalendo

The Auditor General’s recently published audits of national government ministries, state institutions and county governments need to be improved to better communicate to the public. While auditing is the Auditor’s constitutional mandate, poor communication of its contents make the reports prone to political machinations and failure to capture its true meaning and message. Communication lies at the core of effective messaging. It can make a whole difference as it would assist citizens to read...

03 August 2015 » Mzalendo

Shocking revelations in the recent Auditor General’s reports on the use of public finances by the national and county government over the 2013/14 financial year, point to misuse of executive power and general institutional inefficiencies. Only 1.2 percent of national government expenditure for the period under review was incurred in a lawful manner, 60 percent had issues and 38.5 percent could not be explained. The 2013/2014 gross budget of sh1,557,192,721,388 was shared between the National...

27 July 2015 » Mzalendo

Auditor General’s most recent report reveals some glaring inconsistencies in counties’ financial probity that call for the Senate to check their lack of prudent expenditure of public money. Twenty-nine Counties cannot account for their budget allocations and reported revenues remain low despite increased levies. The report sheds light into a web of mechanisms employed by county government officials to avoid accounting for public funds. Local revenue remains low in counties and waste, over-...

20 July 2015 » Mzalendo

Rule of law means that citizens and those who govern them should obey the law. On the 9th of July, the National Assembly proposed two controversial amendments to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (Amendment) bill 2015. One proposal is to have the Public Service Commission (PSC) recruit EACC Commissioners where a vacancy arises. This is utter disregard of Article 249(2) of the Constitution which secures the independence of Constitutional Commissions and Independent Offices. The second...

11 July 2015 » Mzalendo

The most important conversations in Parliament happen in committees hence when such a meeting becomes chaotic, the prudence of continuing to hold it is washed away as substantive debate cannot take place. In committees, legislators look through ideas, vet individuals, consider motions, debate proposals and interrogate key office bearers to understand issues. Eventually, committees present their findings and proposals to the house plenary sittings. Unfortunately this week, the joint Finance,...

03 July 2015 » Mzalendo

Political parties are foundational to politics and democracy. Under constitutionalism, political parties are the essential vehicle for establishing governments as without them hardly any meaningful public participation can take place. They invite people to register as members who legitimize aspiring candidates to vie for office and if successful form government. At a recent launch on political parties’ adherence to the law in line with the Constitution in Article 91 and 92 and the Political...

26 June 2015 » Mzalendo

The National Youth Service (NYS), a very promising institution is currently embroiled in accountability issues that need concerted efforts to resolve them. The work that the NYS has undertaken especially in building roads, opening up drainages and providing some socio-economic facilities for people especially in slum areas has been evident. In the recent one week, there have been strong allegations of impropriety. Later, Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru came out to state...

21 June 2015 » Mzalendo

The raging supremacy war between the Senate and the National Assembly over budgetary allocations are unfortunate and against public interest. The two houses have severally fought over their mandates and from time to time, taken parallel positions over Bills, decisions or some assertions. This current public spat over the budget should never happen. The creation of the two houses was informed by history and the need to protect devolution. Senate has the mandate to ensure devolution works and...

12 June 2015 » Mzalendo

The manner in which MPs handled the nomination of Amb. Dr. Monica Juma as the Secretary to the Cabinet calls for a vetting law. This is not the only case in point but since the Uhuru government was sworn in, the vetting exercises have been wanting. It would be okay if her rejection was based on substantive reasoning, but nothing is further from the truth. During the vetting, the committee clearly established the following: Dr. Juma has the requisite qualifications and vast experience in public...

08 June 2015 » Mzalendo

Parliament has been engaged in intense negotiations over the division of revenue Bill that finally saw an agreement passed. The National Assembly deducted funds from Senate, Judiciary and the Salary Remuneration Commission allocations as a form of punishment. The three institutions especially SRC and Judiciary have stood up to Parliament, something the legislators have felt should not be the case. Even as the debate settles, there is need to scrutinize the specifics of the budget. Public...

29 May 2015 » Mzalendo

Kenya’s constitutional movement from old to the current one has been eventful and inspiring. Five years on, much has been accomplished and much still needs to be done. Any transition requires changes in attitudes, values, practices and mindsets. Development of a new constitutional culture will also depend on whether there is genuine, collective and deliberate effort to embrace the new order. Even with the desired political will to implement the Constitution, the complexity involved in building...

23 May 2015 » Mzalendo

Article 35 of the 2010 Constitution clearly stipulates that Kenyan citizens have a right to access information. When article 35 (1) (a) is interpreted loudly, it may also requires government to ensure that information is not just accessible but also sufficiently understood by Kenyans. This is for purposes of empowering them and ultimately enriching our young democracy. Solid democracy is pegged on an informed citizenry. The Parliamentarians ranking stories published by the Daily Nation earlier...

18 May 2015 » Mzalendo

Critical to determining how bread and butter is allocated to who, why and how much is the budget. The budget guides how the development of a country or county will be curved out in a given a financial year, so citizens need pay it some attention and engage in its development. In Kenya, the government embraced Program Based Budgeting (PBB) in 2012. PBB can be described as a budgeting structure where money is distributed by program or functional area with an emphasis on the latter’s service...

08 May 2015 » Mzalendo

Debate on the realization of two thirds gender principle has elicited mixed reactions. Some reactions have been inaccurate while others from leaders usually expected to steer debate send the wrong message to the public. Kenyans needs to recognize that the overwhelming support they gave to the Constitutional enactment entailed the gender requirement to ensure there is not more than two thirds of one gender in elective and appointive office. While appointive is more easily attainable, elective is...

02 May 2015 » Mzalendo

President Kenyatta appointed 302 Kenyans to various parastatal positions, making a bold move to appoint many candidates who were rejected by voters in the ballot. The move by the President is not only regrettable but also unfortunate at a time when so many things in government are going wrong. It was an unprecedented move to not only see many rejected politicians being rescued through appointments, but also relatives, brothers and sisters of the same family being appointed. This is really sad...

24 April 2015 » Mzalendo

Elections lie at the core of how governance is established and developed. The Presidential Elections petition presented to the Supreme Court after the 2013 General Elections, warrants interrogation so that any lapses in law and practice can be rectified before the next elections. It is on this premise that stakeholders converged at the ‘Rethinking Elections Management in Kenya’ forum to audit the elections and the Supreme Court decision, as well as interrogate the case, judgment and consider...

17 April 2015 » Mzalendo

At no time in the history of Kenya have integrity issues been highlighted at a scale like the previous one month. These alleged integrity issues have spotlighted corruption and abuse of abuse by key officers in the public service including Parliamentarians, cabinet secretaries and heads of various public institutions. In the National Assembly, the focus has been on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), albeit even the Agriculture committee members are alleged to also have been compromised to...

10 April 2015 » Mzalendo

Innocent Kenyan lives cannot continue to be lost unabated while Parliamentarians as their representatives take a back seat. Government is primarily supposed to provide security to its citizens but President Uhuru’s administration so far seems to have bungled the job. Terrorist attacks have taken away many innocent lives and the recent Garissa Attack adds to the concern. Parliament in its oversight and representation roles has the mandate and power to bring this to an end. Parliamentarians...

03 April 2015 » Mzalendo

The List of Shame made public this week has shed light into corruption in government. Commonly used avenues of corruption include: procurement procedures, abuse of office, diverting public funds from intended use and questionable wealth. Various public officers allegedly have cases to answer. Most of the elected officials have declined to step aside, citing various issues, either law or jurisdiction, as directed by the President. Stepping aside, while only a Kenyan practice, does not amount to...

30 March 2015 » Mzalendo

In this second part of the interview with Hon. Johnson Sakaja, he discusses reasons behind setting up a new institution and not amending existing laws within the Ministry of labor. He also discloses the interests both local and international for the Bill, how it will be devolved to all Counties, including areas with less ICT penetration, the public interface of the registry and what will be public or not and reasons behind requesting for this information and in-built checks and balances. In...

24 March 2015 » Mzalendo

Hon. Johnson Sakaja is sponsoring the National Youth Employment Authority (NYEA) Bill (2015) which is meant to be a one-stop-shop for anyone looking for employment. The Bill is premised on the lack of accurate data on unemployment in Kenya and knowledge among youth, especially graduates on how to go about seeking for a job. It is an added effort by Government to help people find jobs, both locally and internationally. In doing this, the Bill proposes to provide incentives to both public and...

14 March 2015 » Mzalendo

Over the past one month, news on parliamentary committees and budgetary allocations have painted the institution charged with legislation, representation and oversight as corrupt and self-centered. Serious corruption allegations have been leveled against the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) members including its chairman. These allegations have been about its members soliciting and taking bribes from senior public servants to influence the outcome of a report under investigations. PAC audits all...

09 March 2015 » Mzalendo

It cannot be that a person from a certain village, when they exit public office, is replaced by another person from the same village, went a paraphrased comment from Senate Minority Leader Moses Wetangula, during the debate in the Senate that approved Joseph Boinett as the Inspector General of Police. That comment reverberates with how many senior public appointments are being treated. It seems it comes down to ethnic arithmetic. The Boinett appointment is the most recent example. Many others...

02 March 2015 » Mzalendo

Resources meant for development at the grassroots always excite various interests, something the Judgment that found the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) as unconstitutional has proven. Interests are always good and welcome but worthy interests are those which are about developing the social fabric of society; schools, healthcare and infrastructure. In the Petition filed by the Institute of Social Accountability (TISA), the petitioners wanted the Judges to find the CDF (Amendment) Act 2013...

24 February 2015 » Mzalendo

Parliament is scheduled to debate the Public Audit Bill, 2014, setting stage for a new and critical framework to ensure accountability and transparency of public funds. Public Audit Bill is crucial in entrenching a system that will better ensure that public servants are better held to account through proactive measures that also ensure efficiency at the Auditor General’s office. A quick glance of media reports including social media indicates questionable financial malpractices covering the...

18 February 2015 » Mzalendo

The Access to Information Bill 2014 will be presented to Parliament by Hon. Priscilla Nyokabi  this year. She will also talk about it today’s at the bloggers forum at the iHub. Interested people should raise their concerns and interests. Find it here to read and learn more Access to information Bill Feel free to comment on it on our blog of Facebook page and we will share your comments and concerns with her

13 February 2015 » Mzalendo

Parliamentarians as the indirect people representatives are not above the law. However, their recent actions seem to assert they are! The National Assembly Speaker’s decision not to punish MPs who acted dishonorably during the Security Laws (Amendment) bill debate is essentially tolerance of status quo. The decision sends a wrong message on how to deal with difficult situations. Apparently, the Parliamentarians only got a warning that such behavior will not be tolerated again. Some MPs had...

06 February 2015 » Mzalendo

It is no doubt that since the establishment of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), tangible projects have been undertaken in most constituencies across the country. CDF has helped construct classrooms, bridges, roads, hospitals and paid school fees for many among other noble tasks. However over the period, allegations impropriety have abounded. First, low public consultation in projects prioritization is often mentions. Secondly, social audits have revealed the amount allocated to the...

30 January 2015 » Mzalendo

Of late Parliamentarians have been acting in an undignified manner. Relevant Constitutional offices and institutions need to check Parliamentarians behavior to remind them the offices they hold require high integrity and good behavior at all times. The recent behavior of Hon. Alfred Keter in which he used his office to abuse public officers and demand release of a truck owned by Hon. Sunjeev Birdi which had been lawfully held for lack of proper documentation is a case in point. The behavior of...

23 January 2015 » Mzalendo

In his book ‘Episodes; From an MP’s Diary’, Sen. Eng. Muriuki Karue shares his journey on how development projects initiated through harambees did not see the light of day. The government never saw much need to support projects like classrooms and health centres to support the welfare of the people. This became his agenda when he joined politics as an MP in 1997. Considered the father of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) which came to fruition in 2003, the then MP, now Senator for...

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