Alteration of the Senate Calendar (Regular Sessions) for the Fourth Session, 2020 (Part V)
The House resolved to alter its Calendar (Regular Sessions) for the Fourth Session, 2020, in respect of Part V, to hold one Sitting on Tuesdays, beginning on Wednesday, 11th November, 2020, until Tuesday, 1st December, 2020.
FINANCIAL STATUS OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMMERCIAL BANKS
A Statement was sought from the Standing Committee on Finance and Budget regarding the financial status of deposit-taking commercial banks. In the Statement, the Committee should-
- Explain the measures the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has put in place to regulate fiscal policy for deposit-taking banks such as Spire Bank Limited.
- State penalties the CBK has put in place, if any, to be meted on commercial banks that fail to comply with the laid down regulations.
- Outline measures being taken by the CBK in terms of policy directions in order to cushion the banking industry from severe loss going forward.
RESUMPTION OF SPORTING ACTIVITIES IN THE COUNTRY
A Statement was sought from the Standing Committee on Labour, Social Welfare and Human Rights regarding the resumption of sporting activities in the country. In the Statement, the Committee should-
- State the official resumption dates for the indoor sports and other social contact sporting activities in the country.
- State the health protocols set jointly by the Government and the various sports federations to cushion players from the spread of COVID-19 during the matches.
- State the measures the Government has taken in mitigation and support to various sporting teams against the harsh economic effects of COVID-19.
- Explain the action that will be taken against teams found culpable of violating the set health protocols.
MONOPOLISTIC PRACTICES BY TELECOMMUNICATION COMPANY M/S SAFARICOM PLC
A statement was sought from the Standing Committee on Information and Technology regarding the abuse of dominance by the telecommunications company Safaricom PLC. In the Statement, the Committee should:
- State what measures are in place to ensure there is a level playing field for players in the telecommunication industry considering that Safaricom reached over 60 percent market share through their voice, data and mobile money networks.
- Explain the measures taken by the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs through the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) to declare Safaricom a dominant player in the industry, and to make the country’s telecommunication sector more competitive.
- State measures, if any, to prevail upon Safaricom PLC to offer access of its transmission sites to its competitors in areas where the competitors have little or no coverage because of the dominant status that they have achieved.
- Determine if the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), through the Ministry of National Treasury and Planning, can strengthen mobile money interoperability and foster financial inclusivity in the country by implementing agent and merchant interoperability.