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19th November 2021 Parliamentary Round Up

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

PAPERS LAID

The following papers were laid at the Table of the House among others:

  • Legal Notice No.222 relating to the Public Finance Management, the National Roads Toll Fund Regulations of 2021 and the explanatory memorandum from the National Treasury.
  • The Kenya Bankers Association Total Tracks Contribution Report for the year 2019 and 2020.
  • The State of the Judiciary and Administration of Justice Report for the year 2021 and Gazette Notice No. 12385 of 2021 on the Report.
  • The Commissioner on Revenue Allocation Recommendation on the basis for equitable sharing of revenues between the National and County Government for the financial year 2022 – 2023 from the commissioner on Revenue Allocation.
  • The Quarterly Economic and Budgetary Review Report for the First Quarter of the Financial Year 2021/2022 from the National Treasury.
  • Annual Reports and financial statements in respect of various institutions including the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner for the financial year 2020/2021.
  •  The Biannual Report for the period January to June 2021 from the Commission on Administrative Justice.
  • Statutory Six Months Preference and Reservation Report for the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA).
MOTIONS

Inquiry Into Complaints of Environmental Pollution by London Distillers Kenya Limited

The House adopted the Report of the Select Committee on Implementation on its consideration of the Implementation Status of the Report of the Departmental Committee on Environment and Natural Resources on an inquiry into complaints of environmental pollution by London Distillers Kenya Limited, laid on the Table of the House on Thursday, September 30, 2021.

Implementation Status of a Report on Land Issues in Taita Taveta County

The House adopted the Report of the Select Committee on Implementation on its consideration of the Implementation Status of the Report of the Departmental Committee on Lands regarding Land Issues in Taita Taveta County, laid on the Table of the House on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

Extension of Sitting Time

The House resolved to extend its sitting hours with respect to the afternoon sittings for the remaining part of the Session so that the House sits until 9.00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, with effect from Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

Lack of Access to Citizen Registration Services

The House was given notice to adopt the Report of the Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security on its consideration of a Public Petition by residents of Wajir and Garissa Counties regarding lack of access to Citizen Registration Services, laid on the Table of the House on Wednesday, August 11, 2021.

Report on Funds

The House was given notice to adopt the Tenth Report of the Special Funds Accounts Committee on Audited Financial Statements for the Local Authorities Provident Fund, the Unclaimed Assets Trust Fund, the National Environment Trust Fund, the Land Settlement Fund and the Petroleum Fund, laid on the Table of the House on Tuesday, August 10, 2021.

BILLS

The following Bills came up for Second Reading:

  • The County Governments Grants Bill (Senate Bill No. 35 of 2021) by the Chairperson, Budget and Appropriations Committee.
  • The Community Groups Registration Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 20 of 2020) by the Leader of the Majority Party.
  • The Asian Widows’ and Orphans’ Pensions (Repeal) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 29 of 2021) by the Leader of the Majority Party.
  • The Radiographers Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 47 of 2019) by the Chairperson, Departmental Committee on Health.
  • The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 1 of 2020) by the Chairperson, Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee.

The following Bills were read for the Second Time:

  • The Community Groups Registration Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 20 of 2020) by the Leader of the Majority Party.

The following Bill came up for consideration under the Committee of the Whole House:

  • The Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 34 of 2019) by the Hon. Millie Odhiambo Mabona, M.P.
  • Waqf Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 73 of 2019), following which, the House was in agreement to the Committee of the Whole House, was accordingly read the third time and passed.
STATEMENTS

The following Statements were raised on the floor of the House among others:

  • The Nominated Member (Hon. Dennitah Ghati, MP) asked the Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Gender, Senior Citizens Affairs & Special Programmes on the status of construction of Nguruna Gender Based violence and Women Centre. The Question will be replied to before the   Departmental Committee on Labour and Social Welfare.
  • The Member for Marsabit County (Hon. Safia Sheikh, MP) asked the Cabinet Secretary for Education on access to education by children from pastoralist communities in ASAL areas. The Question will be replied to before the Departmental Committee on Education and Research.
  • The Member for Lamu County (Hon. (Capt.) Ruweida Obo, MP) asked the Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication & Technology, Innovation and Youth Affairs on the improvement of Mobile Telephony Network Signal and Coverage in Lamu County. The Question will be replied before the Departmental Committee on Communication, Information and Innovation.
  •  The Member for Ol Jorok (Hon. Michael Muchira, MP) asked the Cabinet Secretary for Energy to explain the delay in metering of over twenty-five projects undertaken by the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation (REREC) and Transformer Densification Programme in Ol Jorok Constituency. The Question will be replied to before the Departmental Committee on Energy.
  • The Member for Meru County (Hon. Bishop Kawira Mwangaza, MP) asked the Cabinet Secretary for Education to outline the measures in place to ensure construction of public educational institutions across the country is properly supervised by experts to ensure quality standards are met and that the safety of learners is not compromised. The Question will be replied to before the Departmental Committee on Education and Research.
  • The Member for Sirisia (Hon. John Waluke, MP) asked the Attorney General to explain measures in place to ensure that the country is ready to meet the 2026 deadline with respect to elimination Gender Based Violence, given the increased cases of domestic violence in the country. The Question will be replied to before the Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs.
  •  The Member for Kitui County (Hon. Dr. Irene Kasalu, MP) asked the Cabinet Secretary for Education to provide details on the rolling out and uptake of the Adult Education Programme in the Country. The Question will be replied to before the Departmental Committee on Education and Research.
  • The Member for Mumias East (Hon. Benjamin Washiali, MP) asked the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works to explain why the cost of transporting goods through the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) is higher compared to the cost of transporting similar goods by road to other premises in Nairobi. The Question will be replied to before the Departmental Committee on Transport, Public Works and Housing.

The following statements were requested on the floor of the House:

  • Hon. Owen Baya, MP (Kilifi North) requested a statement from the Departmental Committee on Transport, Public Works and Housing on the expansion of Malindi International Airport D.C.
  •  Hon. Kipsengeret Koros, MP (Sigowet/Soin), requested a statement from the Departmental Committee on the government’s preparedness on food security.
  • Hon. Qalicha Gufu, MP (Moyale) requested a statement from the Departmental Committee on Environment and Natural Resources on the supply of water to Moyale Town.
  • Hon. Rashid Amin, MP (Wajir East) requested a statement from the Departmental Committee on Defence and Foreign Relations on the ongoing recruitment exercise of Kenya Defence Forces in the country.

Responses received:

  • The Departmental Committee on Education and Research gave a response to the Statement requested by Hon. Wilson Sossion regarding schools unrest in the country. 

SENATE

PAPERS LAID

The following papers were laid at the Table of the House among others:

  • Report of the Standing Committee on Labour and Social Welfare on the Heritage and Museums Bill (Senate Bills No. 22 of 2021)
  • Report of the Standing Committee on Devolution and Intergovernmental Relations on a Petition to the Senate by Mr. Nashon Ogana, concerning the boundary question between Kisumu, Siaya and Vihiga Counties around Maseno area.
  •  Various reports of the Auditor General on the Financial Statements of various institutions for the year ended 30th June 2020.
PETITIONS

The House was informed of the following Petitions:

  • Petition to the Senate by Mr. Daniel Waturu concerning Radio frequency interference of Sawanga FM by Sidai FM.
  • Petition to the Senate by Bishop Paul Kariuki Njiru and Sister Alice Wambui concerning illegal alienation of a Parcel of Land in Embu Municipality No. 375 (Leasehold) by the Child Welfare Society of Kenya.
MOTIONS

Inquiry into Allegations of Irregularities by KEMSA  

The House adopted the Report of the Standing Committee on Health on inquiry into allegations regarding irregularities in the procurement of various pharmaceutical equipment and products by the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA), laid on the Table of the Senate on Tuesday, 30th March, 2021.

BILLS

Second Reading

The following Bill came up for Second Reading:

  • The County Hall of Fame Bill (Senate Bills No. 9 of 2021) by Sen. Kipchumba Murkomen, MP.
STATEMENTS

The following Statements were raised on the floor of the House among others:

  • Sen. (Dr.) Christopher Langat, MP sought a statement from the Standing Committee on Labour and social welfare regarding claims of discrimination against locals on job opportunities by Bomet University.  
  • Sen. Cleophas Malalah sought a statement from the Standing Committee on Information and Technology, regarding the funding of the Konza Data Centre and Smart City and its construction by Chinese telecoms Company Huawei.
  • Sen. Johnson Sakaja made a statement regarding the operations of the intelligence and strategic operations department of the Kenya Revenue Authority.
  • Sen. Isaac Ngugi Githua, sought a statement from the Standing Committee on National Security, Defence and Foreign Relations concerning the frequent fire incidents at the Gikomba Market and the adverse effect on the micro-businesses.
  • The Chairperson, Standing Committee on Information and Technology, Senator Gideon issued a statement relating to the activities of the committee.
  • The Chairperson, Standing Committee on Energy to issue a statement relating to the activities of the committee.
  • The Chairperson, Standing Committee on Education to issue a statement relating to the activities of the committee.

 

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