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20th November 2020 Parliamentary Round Up

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

PAPERS LAID
The following papers were laid on the table of the National Assembly on 17 th November 2020
among others:

  • The 7th Annual Report on the measures taken and progress achieved with the realization of national values and principles of governance.
  • the 7th Annual Report and Summary on the progress made in fulfilling the international obligations of the Republic of Kenya.
  • The Annual Report for Parliament on the state of national security.
  • The Report on ease of doing business: Reformed Milestone 2014-2020.
  • The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Consolidated Annual Report for the Financial Years 2017/2018, 2018/2019 and 2019/2020.
  • The Legal Notice 198 of 2020 relating to the registration of persons (National Integrity Identity Management System) Amendment Rules of 2020.
  • The accession to the convention on the International Hydrographic organization (IHO) by the Republic of Kenya
  • Kenya’s accession to the African Charter on democracy elections and governance.
  • Report of the Departmental committee on the environment and natural resources, on its consideration, a petition regarding alleged demolition of houses and repossession of land within Langata constituency

NOTICE OF MOTION
SESSIONAL PAPER NO. 3 OF 2019 ON THE NATIONAL POLICY FOR THE ERADICATION
OF FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION

The House adopted the Report of the Departmental Committee on Labour and Social Welfare on its consideration of the Sessional Paper No. 3 of 2019 on the National Policy for the Eradication of Female Genital Mutilation, laid on the Table of the House on Thursday, October 8, 2020, and further approved Sessional Paper No. 3 of 2019 on the National Policy for the Eradication of Female Genital Mutilation.

ANNULMENT OF THE SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONES (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS, 2020
The House adopted the Report of the Committee on Delegated Legislation on its consideration of the Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 laid on the Table of the House on Tuesday, November 03, 2020, and pursuant to sections 18 of the Statutory Instruments Act, 2013 and Standing Order 210 (4) (b), annulled in entirety the Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 (Legal Notice No. 33 of 2020). The Regulations seek to fulfill the gaps in the Special Economic Zone Regulations, 2016 by giving clarity to investors and sector players on SEZ operating legal framework and provide a more conducive business environment for investors. The Committee examined the Regulations against the 2010 Constitution, the Interpretations and General Provision Act Cap 2, the Special Economic Act, 2015 and the Statutory Instrument Act No. 23 of 2013 and recommended that the House annuls into entirety the Regulations for failing to demonstrate that sufficient public participation was undertaken contrary to Article 10 and 118 of the Constitution of Kenya.

SENATE

PAPERS LAID
The following papers were laid on the table of the Senate on 17 th November 2020:

  • The 7th State of the National address by His Excellency the President delivered at a special sitting of Parliament on Thursday 12th November 2020.
  • The 7th Annual Report on the measures taken and progress achieved with the realization of national values and principles of governance.
  • The 7th Annual Report and Summary on the progress made in fulfilling the international obligations of the Republic of Kenya.
  • The Annual Report for Parliament on the state of national security.
    1. The Report on ease of doing business: Reformed Milestone 2014-2020.
    2. The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Consolidated Annual Report for the Financial Years 2017/2018, 2018/2019 and 2019/2020.

MOTION


Adoption of Report on the constitutional amendments proposed in the BBI report
The House was given notice to adapt the motion on the report of the Standing Committee on
Justice, Legal Affairs and Human Rights on the constitutional amendments proposed in the
report of the Steering Committee on the implementation of the Building Bridges to a United
Kenya Task Force Report laid on the Table of the Senate on Wednesday, 11 th November, 2020.

STATEMENTS


EFFICACY OF THE IFMIS AND ITS APPLICATION IN THE DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS TO COUNTIES

A Statement was sought from the Standing Committee on Finance and Budget regarding the efficacy of the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) and its application in the disbursement of funds to counties. In the Statement, the Committee should-

  • Provide information on the service provider that set up IFMIS and details of the tender award.
  • Provide further information on the operation and management of IFMIS and its linkages, if any, with the county governments’ financial management and information systems.
  • State the backup controls in place in the event IFMIS malfunctions.
  • Provide a comparative analysis between IFMIS and the immediate former financial management system.


BUSINESS FOR THE WEEK COMMENCING TUESDAY, 24 TH NOVEMBER, 2020
Among other things, it was noted that the Senate will consider pending business for 17th November, 2020 and any other business including Bills for which, following the judgment of the High Court in Constitutional Petition No. 284 of 2019, the resolution process contemplated under Article 110(3) of the Constitution was completed by both Speakers of Parliament. In respect to Bills, the House was informed that the Senate Business Committee resolved to comply with the judgment given by the High Court in Constitutional Petition No. 284 of 2019, and thus far, 10 Bills are in the process of undergoing republication with a view to conform to Article 110(3) of the Constitution. The 10 Bills are: –

  • The Natural Resources (Benefit Sharing) Bill (Senate Bills No. 31 of 2018);
  • The Startup Bill (Sen. Bills No. 16 of 2020);
  • The County Hall of Fame (Senate Bills No. 39 of 2018);
  • The Persons with Disabilities (Amendment) Bill (Senate Bills No. 15 of 2020);
  • The County Tourism Bill (Senate Bills No. 5 of 2019);
  • The Public Finance Management (Amendment) Bill (Senate Bills No. 3 of 2019);
  • The Care and Protection of Older Members of Society Bill (Senate Bills No. 17of 2018);
  • The Cancer Prevention and Control (Amendment) Bill (Senate Bills No. 9 of 2019);
  • The Health (Amendment) Bill (Senate Bills No. 19 of 2020); and
  • The Mental Health (Amendment) Bill (Senate Bills No. 32 of 2018).

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