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The National Assembly will Wednesday April 8, 2020 hold a special sittings to discuss COVID-19 pandemic.
The Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi Tuesday evening acceded to a request by the Leader of the Majority Party Aden Duale, to hold special sittings of the House.
Top on the Agenda is the Laying of the Covid-19 Emergency Funds Regulations and The Supplementary Budget Estimates.
The special sittings to start in the morning will consider the following matters:
(1)Laying of various instruments relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, namely.
- Conveyance of a Message relating to the nomination of a CEO to the National Government Constituencies Development Fund Board.
3. Conveyance of any other Message from the Senate or the National Executive.
4. Consideration, at all stages, of the Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 which contains part of the legislative measures to address the taxation regime occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
5. Consideration of motions on:-
- Persons nominated for appointment to the Teachers Service Commission;
- Persons nominated for appointment to various Constituency Committees of the NG-CDF;
- The Public Finance Management (COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund) Regulations, 2020; and,
- Any other legislative measures to cushion the country from the effects of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka announced a raft of measures that allowed only 28 selected senators to be in the House chamber during its sitting this afternoon.
This was in line with measures intended to curb the spread of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The Senate reconvened Tuesday afternoon to debate the Division of Revenue Bill, 2020. Senators and staff aged 58 and above were encouraged to work from home in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive.
In a communication read by Speaker Lusaka on the floor of the House, the selected Senators will be required to wash their hands before entering the chamber.
The Senate also moved a motion for the establishment of an ad hoc committee that will work jointly with members of the National Assembly to consider executive measures announced last week which seek to address the effects of the disease which has already seen 59 Kenyans infected.
Some of the executive interventions require policy and administrative action while others require legislative interventions.
Eight more cases of patients who have tested positive for Coronavirus bringing the number of patients to 15.
Government is tracing over 363 people who have come into contact with the patients.
Speaking during a press conference at Harambee House the health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said that names of individuals who have tested positive for Coronavirus will not be disclosing.
Out of the latest eight cases, five are Kenyans and three are foreign nationals-two French and one Mexican.
“All the eight are imported cases from Europe and America, ranging from age 20 for the youngest and 67 years for the oldest,” said CS Mutahi Kagwe
The president asked the team to reactivate garbage collection vehicles in the 100 days and ensure crackdown on illegal dumpsites.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has created the office of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services which will be headed by Major General Mohammed Abdalla Badi.
This comes as the National Government take over of Nairobi County became effective from Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
Badi will be deputised by Enosh Onyango Momanyi.
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Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi Thursday advised Members of the County Assembly against travelling to the United Arab Emirates over an unsettled Sh2.4 million debt incurred in 2019.
Elachi said she was in receipt of a claim of outstanding legal fees amounting to USD 23,500 from lawyer Abdulla bin Hatem who demanded the payment on behalf of his client, The Birmingham Leadership Development Centre, citing a judgement by a Dubai court.
“Members are advised to cease any official travel or otherwise to the United Arab Emirates or transit as the Assembly Service Board addresses the issue,” she said.
Moi was seen as a unifying figure when he took power in 1978. He led Kenya for 24 years before stepping down in 2002.
Former Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi, the country’s longest-serving leader, has died aged 95.
The death of Moi, who ruled Kenya from 1978 to 2002, was announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta in a statement carried by the state broadcaster on Tuesday.
“It is with profound sadness and sorrow that I announce the passing of a Great African Statesman, H.E. Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, the Second President of the Republic of Kenya,” the announcement said.
“His Excellency the Former President passed on at the Nairobi Hospital on the early morning of this 4th February, 2020, in the presence of his family,” it said.
Kenyatta ordered a period of national mourning until a state funeral is held, on a date not yet announced.
Moi had been in hospital for more than a month.
Moi, a former schoolteacher, had been in a Nairobi hospital for over a month before his death.
Despite being called a dictator by critics, Moi enjoyed strong support from many Kenyans and was seen as a uniting figure when he took power after founding President Jomo Kenyatta died in office in 1978.
Some allies of the ailing Kenyatta, however, tried to change the constitution to prevent Moi, then the vice president, from automatically taking power upon Kenyatta’s death.
Wary of any threat during that uncertain period, Moi fled his Rift Valley home when he heard of Kenyatta’s death, returning only after receiving assurances of his safety.
“Nobody thought he was going to last long in power. He became president to fill in a gap,” Lydia Muthuma, an historian at Technical University of Kenya, told Angaza News.
“But after an attempted coup in 1981, we saw Moi’s true colours. He made sure we understood who was in charge. The news bulletins always started with what he did on the day. He was not a tolerant leader,” she added.
In 1982, Moi’s government pushed a constitutional amendment through parliament that made Kenya effectively a one-party state. Later that year, the army quelled a coup attempt plotted by opposition members and some air force officers. At least 159 people were killed.
Moi’s government then became more heavy-handed in dealing with dissent, according to a report by the government’s Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission that assessed his rule.
Political activists and others who dared oppose Moi’s rule were routinely detained and tortured, the report said, noting unlawful detentions and assassinations, including the killing of a foreign affairs minister, Robert Ouko.
“The judiciary became an accomplice in the perpetuation of violations, while parliament was transformed into a puppet controlled by the heavy hand of the executive,” the report said.
Corruption, especially the illegal allocation of land, became institutionalised, the report said, while economic power was centralised in the hands of a few.
In 1991, Moi yielded to demands for a multi-party state due to internal pressure, including a demonstration that year during which police killed more than 20 people, and external pressure from the West.
Multi-party elections in 1992 and 1997 were marred by political and ethnic violence that critics asserted were caused by the state.
By the time Moi left power in 2002, corruption had left Kenya’s economy, the most developed in East Africa, with negative growth. Kenyans later voted for a new constitution that was implemented in 2010.
Moi often blamed the West for bad publicity and the economic hardships many Kenyans had to endure during his rule.
As with his predecessor, Kenyatta, many government projects, buildings and currency notes and coins were named after Moi.
Ferdinand Waititu Baba Yao was impeached as Kiambu Governor on Wednesday night, following an overwhelming vote by the Senate.
This follows proceedings, for two days, on charges brought against him by Kiambu County Assembly Members who accused him of abuse of office and other crimes.
Debate ahead of the vote was so charged and openly displayed political differences affiliated to the Tanga Tanga and Kieleweke–associated with Deputy President William Ruto and his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta, and which have been fuelled lately by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
Majority of the Senators voted for the motion seeking to validate his impeachment by Kiambu County Assembly, despite concerns on whether it met the legal threshold from a section of legislators.
Cracks have emerged on an outfit known as Busia Professionals Association or BUPA over money donation that they had received from the Deputy President Dr. William Ruto.
Erdemann Property Limited has called on the Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi to move with speed and unravel the mystery surrounding the report on pollution by the Committee for Environment and Natural resources.
Through the firm’s Managing Director Zeyun Yang, the developer said that the report pitting his firm and London distillers Kenya Limited (LDK) had taken close to nine months since it was adopted by the house in October last year.
The report had among other recommendations stated that LDK had only six months to put it’s house in order or face closure.
An alcoholic drinks firm risked closure over non-compliance of a directive on waste management.
Last year in September, the Mavoko based factory in Machakos County was given six months by the National Assembly Environment Committee to control toxic discharge from its facility after residents of Great Wall Gardens on Shanghai road, Athi River and adjacent areas filed a petition (March) in which they accused the alcohol-maker of subjecting them to health hazards.
Earlier, in a letter dated January 22, 2018, Real estate developer Erdemann Properties owned by Chinese investor Zeyun Yang had also written to the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) raising issues regarding environmental pollution occasioned by toxic fumes and effluent from the firm which negatively affecting the lives of the residents of the larger Athi river area.
At long last the long awaited report on what is ailing the sugar industry in the country conducted by the Task Force led by the council of Governors Chairman and Kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Oparanya was at long last presented it’s findings to the government at the end of last week.
One of the most critical issues that emerged during the meeting is the state of the sugarcane farming in the country with millers having their zones with farmers stretched in at least 47 square kilometer zones contracted to produce and supply cane to millers located in that zone.