All parliamentary appearances

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  • 12 Oct 2017 in National Assembly: Hon. Speaker, before I get to the Supplementary Estimates Bill, I would like to thank the people of Kitui Central for giving me another chance to serve them as their MP. I have looked at the Supplementary Estimates Bill and listened to the Mover and the Seconder making their presentations. I just want to remind the House that a Supplementary Budget is not the main Budget. The 11th Parliament did this country a good service by approving the main Budget in April, which was huge. view
  • 12 Oct 2017 in National Assembly: This is the first Supplementary Budget to be presented to this House. I know the main discussion was done and now we have this Bill, which we are expected to approve. The Constitution of Kenya, in Article 223, discusses why we need a supplementary Budget. It is expected to address unexpected expenditure or what we call emergencies. When I listened to Hon. Limo second the Bill, I wondered whether this Supplementary Budget meets the requirements of a supplementary budget as contemplated by the Constitution. I want to give examples. Some money has been set aside to construct low-cost housing in ... view
  • 12 Oct 2017 in National Assembly: Hon. Speaker, the IEBC was allocated Kshs45 billion to prepare and conduct the general elections of 8th August 2017, which they did. Now this House, which is expected to provide oversight, is being asked to provide an additional Kshs12 billion for the repeat presidential election without asking hard questions. What happened to the money that we gave them? If we are to do our national duty, we are required to ask tough questions, as an oversight institution. We should hear of Kenyans who are behind bars because they did not correctly use the money that was allocated to them. We ... view
  • 12 Oct 2017 in National Assembly: We all know that the Judiciary has reclaimed their independence. As a House, we are being challenged to rise to the occasion and do what is expected us. Let us look at this Supplementary Budget of about 38 billion, as Hon. Duale said. The question is: Why are we rushing to have this Supplementary Estimates Bill passed by this House? The Constitution allows two months. The National Treasury would have gone ahead to spend this money, we conduct the elections as expected and bring the details to this House for approval so that at that time, this House can ask ... view
  • 12 Oct 2017 in National Assembly: Hon. Speaker, let me remind Hon. Limo that the reason why we have live broadcasts of what happens here is so that we can follow the proceedings of this House from wherever we are in the world. Therefore, as far as I am concerned, you do not have to sit here to do your work. However, I am saying that, as Members of Parliament, let us not be held hostage by our party affiliations. We have a constitutional mandate to deliver for Kenyans. Once you get in through that door, as an MP, your first responsibility is to pledge your ... view
  • 15 Jun 2017 in National Assembly: Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker, for giving me a chance to also join my colleagues in commenting on these changes to the Standing Orders. I want to start by appreciating the work that has been done by the Committee, which looked at these amendments. The amendments are very important, more so, for the 12th Parliament. We know they will be applicable when the 12th Parliament starts its work. view
  • 15 Jun 2017 in National Assembly: I want to comment on three areas. The first one is on the committee’s membership. The amendments propose a reduction in the committee’s membership from 29 to 17. This is very important because, as we are aware, many details of the work of this House are discussed at the committee level. It is very important that the numbers we have at the committee level are manageable so that in terms of effective participation, we are able to get the right input in the debates. At the same time, we will be able to factor in the technical considerations. These amendments ... view
  • 15 Jun 2017 in National Assembly: From the experience that I acquired in the current Parliament, I know that it is important for every Member of this House to belong to a committee. view
  • 14 Jun 2017 in National Assembly: Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman. I think the Chairman of the Departmental Committee on Finance, Planning and Trade should not downplay the matter being raised. We are on national TV and people are watching what we are saying. It is unfortunate that the only thing we are saying is ―the‖, ―for‖ and other typos. The question is: At this level, why should Members of Parliament be given a Bill to discuss almost two pages of amendments and the only thing we are saying is changing the word ―the‖ and putting the word ―if‖? I think it sends the wrong ... view
  • 8 Jun 2017 in National Assembly: Thank you, Hon. Speaker. I think you need to guide the House. As the Chair was presenting these amendments he indicated that he had discussions with the CS, National Treasury. Procedurally, the way we process budgets in this House is that Departmental Committees must first of all look at them and approve then forward them to the Budget and Appropriations Committee. I agree that the budget for the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts had been discussed by the relevant Departmental Committee, but the other two were not. Hon. Rasso, the Kshs300 million we are talking about is an additional ... view