Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to give notice of the following Motion:- THAT, this House adopts the Report of the Government Task Force on the Conservation of Mau Forest Complex laid on the Table of the House on 12th August, 2009.
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, I beg to ask the Minister for Agriculture the following Question by Private Notice.
(a) Could the Minister state the original acreage of the ADC Molo Farm, the acreage of the farm sold so far and the money made out of the sale?
(b) Could the Minister table the list of beneficiaries of the sale and explain how the sale has contributed positively towards agricultural development?
(c) How much did the Government spend on the purchase of 700 acres of Asante Farm in Kuresoi District?
Is anyone here from the Ministry of Agriculture?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I request the Chair to revisit this Question in the second round.
Let us move on to the Question by Mr. Olago!
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, I beg to ask the Minister of State for Public Service the following Question by Private Notice. (a) Could the Minister provide the names of all successful candidates advised by letter of 1st December, 2008 from the Permanent Secretary in his Ministry to the Permanent Secretaries of various Ministries to attend a Government Telephone Supervisors In-service Training at Government Training Institute (GTI) Mombasa from 6th September to 27th November, 2009? (b) Is the Minister aware that the Assistant Director at Government Telephone Services in the Ministry unilaterally and in collusion with a course supervisor at the GTI Mombasa substituted the names of the original successful officers with names of others who were unprocedurally promoted without recourse to the scheme of service? (c) What action is the Minister taking to rectify the anomaly before the commencement of the course on 6th September, 2009?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, first, I would like to thank the Member for Kisumu Town West for raising this matter, and thereby giving me the opportunity to clarify and resolve the issue that was at stake. I beg to reply. (a) The list labeled here âAâ containing all the successful candidates to attend the Government Telephone Supervisors In-service Training Course at GTI Mombasa, as from 6th September, 2009 to 27th November, 2009, as per the Circular No.DPM/MD/4/6/2 Vol.XVII, letter No.132 dated 1st December, 2008, is hereby tabled.
(b) On 16th April, 2009, the Director in charge of training in my Ministry approved a course for telephone supervisors to be conducted at the GTI Mombasa from 6th September, 2009 to 27th November, 2009. I also wish to table the list labeled âBâ of the selected candidates for this course. This was an additional training course offered.
(c) The telephone operators who applied and were advised on 1st December, 2008, that they would attend a Telephone Supervisors Course from 6th September, 2009 to 27th November, 2009, will now also proceed for the course starting on 6th September, 2009.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I would like to thank the hon. Minister for a frank exposition of the issues that were raised. However, the final explanation that the matter arose because of confusion cannot be true because the two ranks of Telephone Operator and Telephone Supervisor are different. What is happening is that an officer in the Ministry is trying to effect promotions of staff without going through the scheme of service. To this extent, what action has the Ministry taken to ensure that this âconfusionâ does not happen again?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, the first course was a response to applications submitted by those who were interested in attending the courses. When selection was done, all officers who qualified within the terms of the course applied. The few supervisors who applied were selected. To fill the full course of 25 officers, operators were included in the same list. When it came to admitting all the successful applicants, it was realised fairly enough that they should not put supervisors in the same course with operators, and they should be separated. So, a decision was made that supervisors go first on 6th September, 2009 and operators go in January, 2010. Because all the candidates had been advised that they would go on 6th September, it appeared that the officer removed officers who had been selected to go later on without even informing them of the date when they were to go for the same course. That is what generated the outcry. That is what we have resolved by saying that every person who was admitted should all now start at the same time. We will run the two courses concurrently at the GTI Mombasa.
Mr. Olago, are you satisfied?
Yes, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker.
Next Question by Mr. Shakeel!
On point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker.
What is your point of order?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, although Mr. Shakeel is not there to ask this Question---
On a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker.
The Question has been asked.
Madam Speaker it has not been asked.
Point of order, Madam Speaker.
I am on a point of order. You are now an experienced Member!
I am calling on the name Shakeel, so hold on. Let us see whether he is around.
to ask the Minister for Water and Irrigation:- (a) Is the Minister aware that the large parcel of land which is a spring source of water flowing to the Nairobi ASK show ground water dam, previously occupied by the Ministry of Energy, has been allocated to a church? (b) Could the Minister clarify whether the church had authority to construct the concrete barrier at the water source, resulting in the drying up of the dams serving the ASK show ground? (c) What measures will the Minister take to remedy the situation?
On a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker.
We will move to the next Question and come back to it later.
On point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker.
I have allowed Questions to go to round two, Mr. Assistant Minister!
On a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. For the convenience of the House, there is no point of waiting for the Question to be asked the second round. As you can see, this Question does not relate in any way to the Ministry of Water and Irrigation. We are not the custodians of land.
We have skipped that Question. We will come back to it in round two and Mr. Assistant Minister will have an opportunity to tell us that. Next question!
asked the Minister for Water and Irrigation what urgent measures the Ministry was taking to ensure that the residents of Mwea have access to clean drinking water, considering that Mwea GK Prison uses River Murubara for drainage and the villagers use the same water for domestic purposes.
Thank you, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. This Question was asked two weeks ago and my Ministry attempted to answer it. However, hon. Members were not satisfied. They
That is okay. If you got the communication this morning, we can defer the Question to Thursday next week. Mr. Gitau, are you okay with that?
I am okay, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker.
asked the Minister of State for Provincial Administration and Internal Security: (a) why Messrs David Lesadera Lekoloi (P/No.75077836), George Leariwala (P/No.92019134), Timothy Lekango (P/No.144515) and Kombera Lemiruni (P/No.820855230), who retired as Chiefs/Assistant Chiefs on diverse dates, have not been paid terminal benefits; and, (b) when they will be paid
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I beg to reply. (a) Mr. George Leariwala (P/No.92019134); his retirement benefit claim was processed and submitted to the Director of Pensions on 24th of November, 2008. He should, therefore, confirm with his local bank if payment has been made. (b) Kombera Lemiruni (P/No.82085230), was written a letter reference number 82085220 /118 dated 28th April 2008, requesting him to complete and forward the following documents to our office to enable us process his retirement benefits. The documents are:- commutation of pension option form indicating his account and the bank branch, June 2000 payslip supporting last salary. Various payslips supporting women, children and pension scheme recoveries. However, Mr. Kombera has not responded to date and, therefore, it has not been possible to prepare his claim. I wish to request Mr. Letimalo to advise the retiree to forward the said documents to our office. (c) Mr. David Lesadera Lekoloi (P/No.75077836), and Mr. Timothy Lekango (P/No.144515), should be advised to come to our office with the following documents to enable us open temporary files since the original files cannot be traced. The documents
Thank you, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. When the Assistant Minister says that the retirement benefits for George Leariwala have been processed and submitted to the Director of Pensions, up to date there has been no communication until this matter has been brought to the House. This is an indication that the retiree was not paid his pension. So that is the confirmation that Mr. Lesrima ought to know. In the case of Kombera, he has not received any letter from the Ministry to enable him to submit the required forms. With regard to the other two, the Assistant Minister is saying that the files are not available, and I do not know the files are kept in the office.
Can you ask your question?
How do we help these people, because it is the responsibility of the Government to follow the records and be able to pay these retirees their pensions?
Madam Speaker, in the case of Leariwala whose pension has been processed, I have asked him to confirm because the matter is now in the hands of the Director of Pensions. I am willing to go and see the Director of Pensions although, really, that is the function of the Treasury. I will just confirm what is going on there. The other person you are telling us, he has not received the letter which is possible that he may not have received it. I can follow up with this one. With regard to the other two whose files appear to have been misplaced, I have instructed the District Commissioner of the mother district, Samburu Central, where the files were kept in the Personnel Department to look for those files. At the same time, if I can get the documents I have requested, we will support these gentlemen.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, in 2003, Mr. Musila moved a Motion to amend the Pensions Act. The Motion directed that retirees should remain in employment until the time when they are fully paid all their terminal dues. The retirees are still suffering today. Why is the Government not following the order that this House gave?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I am unable to answer that question. In fact, I am unable myself to comprehend why civil servants are not kind to one another. The civil servants who are left behind should be much more efficient in processing the pensions of their colleagues who have left. So, I am not able to comprehend or answer that one.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, you have heard what the Assistant Minister has said. It is actually the Government speaking. He has said that the Government is unable to understand itself; why they cannot perform a simple duty of paying retirees their benefits before they go home. Is he saying that the Government is totally incapable of performing? If so, then it could as well quit!
Madam Deputy Speaker, I am not the Government. That question should better be answered by the Treasury and more so, the Director of Pensions. I share your concerns. The implementation of the Musila Amendment should be followed. Since we have changed our Standing Orders and we now have an Implementation Committee, those who are supposed to implement it should be taken to task.
Last question, Mr. Letimalo!
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, some of those retirees retired in 1992, 1997 and the last one in 2002 and they have really suffered after giving service to the Government. I do agree with the Assistant Minister when he says that he is going to follow up the matter. I want to suggest that this Question be deferred to give the Assistant Minister time to follow up the records. I will also work with him to get the retirees so that they can come and fill the necessary forms. After that, he will be able to bring the answer back to the House.
Mr. Assistant Minister, will your inability to answer today improve tomorrow if we give you time?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, even if you give me one year or ten years, it will not improve. I think I have been extremely helpful because these are my people. Some of them are my relatives. I will do what I said before, that they can come to my office and make a follow up. I will be very firm on personnel officers in my Ministry but Treasury should also wake up.
Mr. Assistant Minister, can you bring back a solid answer within a week?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I do not understand your ruling.
You said that you are not able to tell us about the inefficiency. The hon. Member is requesting that we defer the Question until you come back.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I do not understand what I am supposed to gain by deferring the Question. I have requested for documentation and for the chiefs to come and see me. I have requested them to bring the documents and I have also requested the District Commissioner (DC) to trace the file from the mother district. If you tell me to come next week, I will not have achieved much but if you give me two or three weeks, I can report back the progress on this matter.
On a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. I would like the Assistant Minister to commit himself that he is going to work on this matter and bring the answer to the House. Otherwise, it is just going to disappear and yet these people are suffering. You can imagine from 1992 to date, they have not been paid their pension.
On a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. The Assistant Minister is being disorderly. He knows very well that the Standing Orders require that he answers the Question. Could the Chair rule whether disciplinary action should be taken against this Minister by way of naming him?
On a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker.
Order! Dr. Khalwale has stood on a point of order, so we need to address it first. Mr. Assistant Minister, you are being requested to come back in a week or two weeks time with an answer. Are you able to?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I am not sure whether I will trace some of these retired chiefs out there. But I can come back in three weeks. I am not being disorderly.
Mr. Assistant Minister, we are going to give you one week so that you can come and tell us whether you have made progress. So, next Thursday let us get an answer for that Question.
Next Question by Mr. Lekuton!
asked the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance:- (a) to clarify the extent of the effect of the global economic recession on Kenya and whether the country has entered a recession period; (b) to explain the effects of the recession on different sectors of the economy so far; and, (c) to indicate whether the Government has formulated any scheme or set up any Commission to assess the effects of the recession.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I beg to reply.
(a) The extent of the effects of the global economic recession on Kenya is minimum and the country has not entered into a recession as a result of this economic crisis. Nevertheless, the country has begun to feel the impact of the economic meltdown of the major industrial countries.
(b) So, far the different sectors of the economy that have been affected by the recession in the major industrial countries that Kenya trades with include tourism and horticulture on account of reduced demand associated with lower purchasing power of consumers of these products. In addition, remittances by the diaspora have also been affected.
(c) The Government has set up a task force comprising of key players within the economy to closely monitor the unfolding events and their impact on the economy with a view to providing timely policy interventions and thereby safeguard our economy against any adversities.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I would like to thank the Assistant Minister for that answer. It looks like we are in a recession but since he has told us that we are not, then it is good news for us. Globalization capital investments tend to move the economies that offer less risk and this affects the inputs of capital---
Mr. Lekuton, this is Question Time!
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, what is this country doing to make sure that we are more business friendly at this time when the rest of the world is going through a hard time economically?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, the Question we are dealing with is on the effects of the global economic crisis on the economy of the country. Regarding the question that he has asked about what we are doing to attract investments in this country, first of all, we have established an Investment Authority which is charged with the responsibility of attracting investors to this country. The Authority is at the moment working on measures to reduce the number of licences which discourage investment in this country. In the past, we have had more than 1,500 levies for business coming to this country. Last year, we managed to reduce that to about 500. That was done by this Parliament. We also intend to remove another 300 from our system so that it becomes easier. We are also working on the system of one stop-shop where investors can have all the important departments making quick decisions so that people can start business in two or three weeks after making their application for investment in this country. Those are some of the measures we are making to attract investment. We know that we have not done as much as our neighbours but we are trying our best.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, could the Assistant Minister confirm that one of the major impacts of this economic recession is lack of investments especially bearing in mind that most would-be investors are no longer as ready as they were before because of the impact? Secondly, could the Government also confirm that relative to those foreign investments, the most critical investment at this time would be local investors? Could he say what they are doing to motivate local investment?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, it is true and I agree with the hon. Member that there has been a slow inflow of capital investments from the major foreign investors and development partner countries. This is because of the global economic crisis. They are unable, themselves, to raise sufficient funds to bring to our country. However, as the economic recession improves worldwide and we expect it to start improving, at least, by next year, we shall have more investments coming into the country. We also recognize that public/private partnership is crucial to the development of our country and, therefore, we are working in partnership with the private sector, which does not necessarily mean foreigners. This also includes local investors and we have started by asking the local investors to contribute to Government bonds. Just in May in this year, you will recall we floated long term infrastructure bonds locally here and we wanted to raise Kshs18.5 billion because we believed that local investors in Kenya have money which has been untapped by the Government for local development. Therefore, we suspended the sovereign bonds which were meant for foreign investors and floated the local Kshs18.5 billion. We got an overwhelming response. We raised more than Kshs26 billion and we required only Kshs18.5 billion. Those are some of the things we are doing to try to tap the local resources which are in abundance.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, we must thank the Assistant Minister for reassuring the country that despite the global meltdown, at least, we are still enjoying some nominal growth. But under these circumstances, what is the Ministry doing to ensure that employers do not lay off staff on the basis that we are having the effects of the global meltdown?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I have explained that the meltdown has not had a very significant effect on our economy but we have had other
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, the Assistant Minister mentioned two particular sectors that were affected by this global recession, particularly the tourism and the horticulture sector in Kenya. The Question that is before us is: What particular incentives has he given to revive the tourism sector? Just across the borders here, we saw President Kikwete giving a very elaborate interview on what he is doing to revive the tourism sector. In this country, it is like these issues are not being taken seriously by the political elite in this country. What I want to know is: What is it that the Assistant Minister is doing to prop up the tourism industry? Are there tax incentives or soft loans? What has he put on the table to make sure that this sector recovers?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, the reduction in the inflow of tourists to this country as a result of the global recession is because of their inability to spend on luxury when they themselves are in dire economic difficulty. The incentives we are giving is regardless of the economic recession in terms of tax incentives which we have given; in terms of people who want to build hotels, people who are bringing in the vehicles related to the tourism sector and people who are importing goods which are meant to improve on the tourism industry. We are still working with the Ministry of Tourism to do so. You will also notice that we have increased the amount of money for advertisement of our country abroad to attract more tourists to this country.
The Assistant Minister has told us that they have set up a taskforce that is comprised of key players to let us know what is happening. Could he assure this House that this taskforce will be able to give regular reports on the state of our economy or, at least, the state of recession, if we have any, so that people can properly plan their lives and businessmen can adjust their business plans?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, the taskforce which we have established is mainly within the Ministry of Finance. It is comprised of the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), the Capital Markets Authority (CMA), the Retirement Benefits Authority (RBA) and the Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA). The taskforce is remitting reports to the Ministry on a weekly basis. So, this is something we are monitoring very keenly and any measures to be taken to cushion our country against adverse effects of the global economic crisis will be taken.
asked the Minister for Roads:-
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I beg to reply. (a) I wish to table a list of classified roads in Pokot Central District, stretching a distance of 344 kilometres and a total of 12 roads.
(b) My Ministry has already engaged a consultant to review the classification criterion of roads in the country. The consultantâs report is expected to be completed later this year and the recommendations will be used by the Ministry to review the classification of the road network in the country including Pokot Central District. (c) The Ministry is currently preparing a five-year road sector investment plan which is scheduled to be completed in the course of this year. The plan will streamline and address the priorities for road maintenance, rehabilitation and upgrading to bitumen standards across the country. Nevertheless, my Ministry is currently graveling a combined length of 41 kilometres of the road (D327) that falls under the original West Pokot District in order to ensure that this road is in a good and motorable condition. I, therefore, wish to say that it will not be possible to give a specific date when we would be able to tarmac this road until the investment programme for the next five years is completed and tabled. Thank you.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, the Assistant Minister has given us about 344 kilometres which are already classified. How many are not classified?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, it will not be possible to exactly specify how many kilometers are not classified. I think that will only come out once the report is complete. What we have now are the classified roads and those that are not classified have not been included in the report. Nevertheless, when the report is out, we will be able to share the information with hon. Members.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, the Government has neglected roads in that region and, particularly, the road from Eldoret, Kitale, West Pokot to Turkana. The Government has been promising to tarmack that road for a long time. What is the Minister planning to do about that road, which will open up business with Southern Sudan?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, we recognize the importance of those roads. The Ministry has prioritized roads that link us up with Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and all the other neighboring countries. We are still working on the funding and, as soon as we are able to do that, we will do that road. Thank you, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker,
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I would like to ask the Minister to tell us exactly what criteria is used to classify roads. That is because there are
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, it is, indeed, true that the classification of roads affects the funding of the same roads and, therefore, sometimes, when a road is given a low classification, it may not attract the necessary funding. I wish to also admit that it has been many years since the roads were classified and the usage of those roads has changed over time. Previously, we had roads that linked the old districts. Those roads were previously under Category âCâ. We had roads that linked Kenya to other countries and they were basically under category âAâ. Then, we have the Class âBâ roads that linked provincial headquarters. However, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, a lot has changed and it is for that reason that we have engaged a consultant to do a thorough review of our roads. The consultant will inform us what we are going to do between now and the next five years. Once that report is completed, we will present it to this House for adoption. Thank you, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, there are very many stalled road projects in this country. One particular example is a road that starts from Murangâa to Gitugi. It is called Gitugi Road. It has stalled for over 20 years. What is the Ministry doing about that road in my constituency?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I think the reasons why different projects have stalled are as varied as the projects themselves. We do not have one blanket reason as to why they stall. But one of the main reasons is lack of funds to meet our needs. Yesterday, this House passed our budget. It was about Kshs71 billion. It will do something substantial, but it does not cover all the work that we would have liked to do. Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, our Ministry requires a total of about Kshs150 billion to do the entire road network in this country. But as it is right now, we will only be able to do what the funds allow us to do. Thank you, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker.
Last question, Mr. Litole!
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, now that we are on roads, about three weeks ago, the bridge at Rumuiwe that connects Sigor and Cheseko divisions was in very bad shape. Relief food could not be taken through that bridge. What can the Ministry do, as an urgent measure, to repair that road before the short rains in September?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, if there is any need for emergency repairs, I think the Ministry has funds to cater for that and, indeed, through the Provincial Roads Officer, we will liaise with the hon. Member and ensure that the road is repaired. That will enable food relief to reach the people concerned. Thank you, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker.
On a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. I want the Assistant Minister to give us the exact details. That is an emergency. He should not say that he will talk to the Provincial Roads Officer. He should tell us exactly when he will
Mr. Assistant Minister, when?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, we have not received any formal request to repair that particular bridge. But I give an undertaking to this House that, as soon as that request is received, we will avail some funds because we will consider that as emergency repairs. I have said that funds are always available for emergency work. Thank you, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker.
Let us proceed to the next Question. Question No.246 by hon. Kiilu!
asked the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local Government:-
(a) why LATF funds allocated to Mwanyani Dispensary in Mulala Division by Makueni County Council in the 2005/2006 and 2006/2007 financial years for the construction of a female ward, a staff house and fencing the compound has not been utilized to date; and,
(b) when the project will commence.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I beg to reply. (a) It is not correct that LATF funds allocated to Mwanyani Dispensary in Mulala Division by the Makueni County Council in the financial years 2005/2006 and 2006/2007 for the construction of a female ward, a staff house and fencing the compound have not been utilized to date. The funds have been utilized as follows: For the period of 2005/2006, the allocation was Kshs360,000 to Mwanyani Dispensary Maternity Wing. The status of that project is that the wing is complete and there is a photo that I will table to show that it is complete. In the financial year 2006/2007, the allocation was Kshs400, 000 for the supply of hospital beds, bed sheets and blankets. The status of the project is that it is complete and we have photos, again, to show that. The expenditure was Kshs283,720. In 2007/2008, the allocation was Kshs750,000 and the project was for the construction materials for doctorâs quarters. Once again, we have photos 3 and 4 to show that that the project is ongoing and that the materials have been bought. We also have local purchase order forms and all the displays of the materials that have been bought. (b) The project has already commenced, as indicated in the answer above. The actual construction of a staff house and fencing of the compound is scheduled to start within the month of August, and it will be completed within three months. Thank you, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I want to thank the Assistant Minister for the answer that he has given. But I also want to confirm to him that I visited that facility on Saturday. He has said that some work is going on. I want to confirm that
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, first and foremost, I am presuming that the discussion is on the final part; that is, on the construction of the fence, as the others have been completed. In that sense, I do not have the identity of the contractor over here. All I have is information to show that all the materials are on site. But I can find out the identity of the contractor and I will be able to provide the information at a later date. Thank you, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, you will realise that money from the LATF has been misappropriated greatly. What has the Assistant Minister done to ensure that the LATF money, just like the CDF funds, are properly used in order to develop our constituencies?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, the responsibility to ensure that funds are utilised correctly has been enormous. We have introduced a system of management. We have directed every local authority to have the system in place. The system is called âThe Local Authority Integrated Financial Operated Management System (LAIFOMS)â. In the case of this contract, the materials we are talking about were purchased using the LAIFOMS. I hope that Members of Parliament who have local authorities within their jurisdictions emphasize and ensure that the councils get on to the LAIFOMS which will enhance accountability and transparency.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I would like the Assistant Minister to tell us the name of the contractor they have awarded this tender to, although he has said that he is not aware.
He has answered that question. He has said that he does not have that information.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I would like the hon. Member to come to my office after this Sitting so that I can give him the appropriate details.
That is okay.
asked the Minister of State for Provincial Administration and Internal Security:-
(a) if he could state the circumstances under which William Kimutai Soi was brutally murdered and his body dismembered along the Sotik-Borabuu border near Saiyangina Primary School on 2nd April, 2009; and,
(b) what he has done to bring the culprits to book.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I beg to reply.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I thank the Assistant Minister for the answer. However, is he aware that the said person was found with missing body parts, and that to date, we do not know where the parts are?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, the body was without some parts, including his private parts. To date, some of them have not been found. Is the Assistant Minister aware of that?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I am being informed now that the deceasedâs body had some parts missing. However, once investigations are complete, I will ask the fellows who will be arrested where the body parts are and why they took them. As of now, this is an act that should be condemned by all of us. I promise the House that we will investigate and arrest the murderers of the old man.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, the Assistant Minister has referred to the post-mortem that was carried out on the body of the deceased. When that is done, ordinarily, there would be a post-mortem form that is given. That form would show the condition of the body. If any parts of the body were missing, that would be indicated on the form. Did he see the form or not?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, the post-mortem was not to check whether some parts of the body were missing. Its purpose was to establish the cause of death. In any case, if the Questioner insists, I will ask for the post-mortem report so that I can check whether, indeed, vital body parts of the deceased were missing.
Mr. Assistant Minister, did you see the post-mortem report or not? That is what the hon. Member is asking. If you saw it, then you would have known what she is asking you.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I am not privy to the post- mortem report. However, the purpose of a post-mortem report is not to check whether some parts of the body are missing. Its purpose is to establish the cause of death.
Mr. Assistant Minister, doctors are helping you here. You have been told that a post-mortem report will tell you whether the body parts were missing or not. However, you have said that you have not seen the report.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I have not seen the post mortem report.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, the case where police officers in Chargende shot three men leading to the death of one of them in April, 2008 has not been concluded to date. How long does the Ministry take to conclude inquest cases of this nature?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, to investigate a murder case is not something that is easy because you can implicate those -who are innocent. That is why it takes us a bit of time to zero in on those who committed the murder. I request that we let the police do their work in order for us to zero in on the murders because this involves loss of life.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, will the case of William Soi be one of the many that will just be forgotten by the family because nothing will happen?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I assure the House that the people who killed the old man will be arrested once investigations are complete. We do not allow murderers to escape the dragnet of the police. We will definitely arrest them.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, although I have not received a copy of the written answer, I beg to ask Question No.292.
asked the Minister of State for Special Programmes: (a) whether he could state the number of IDPs registered in Mombasa District through the DC and PCâs Office, indicating how many of them have been paid the family allowances of Kshs10,000 and the Kshs25,000 to those whose houses were burnt; and, (b) what steps he is taking to pay the above amounts and resettle the IDPs.
Mr. Assistant Minister, address the issue of providing the hon. Member with a copy of the written answer first!
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I am afraid I only have a copy of the written answer with me. Other copies have just been posted to the pigeon holes. I undertake to give him copies after this. However, if he is willing that I proceed and answer his Question, I am ready to do so.
Mr. Assistant Minister, could you continue?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I beg to reply.
(a) The District Commissioner, Mombasa submitted a list of 349 IDPs to be paid Kshs10,000 as a start-up capital fund. With regard to the burnt houses, the District Commissioner has not submitted any register of any burnt house for the 349 IDPs.
(b) The register for the 349 IDPs in Mombasa was received much later after the deadline for the submission of the registers. However, he has also submitted some
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I wish to differ with the Assistant Minister on the figures that he has just announced here. Last year, in the month of June, officials from his Ministry went to Mombasa and registered 1,200 IDPs. I feel very sad that 16 months down the line, the Assistant Minister is saying that none of the IDPs in Mombasa has neither been paid the Kshs10,000 for re-settlement nor the Kshs25,000 compensation for the 42 houses that were burnt.
Your question is clear.
Could you respond, Mr. Assistant Minister?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, with all due respect to my brother, Sheikh Dor, the register was received in our offices on 14th July, 2009. The deadline for submission of those registered was supposed to have been 31st December, 2008 to cut out pretenders. However---
On a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. Officials from his Ministry went to Mombasa in June, 2008. The Assistant Minister is saying that the report reached his Ministry after the deadline. Who is supposed to be blamed? Is it the IDPs or the officials from his Ministry?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, all I am saying is that we deal with information from the DCs. Documents held in the Ministry show that this matter came to our offices on the date I have just stated. However, that is not the point anymore, because the DC justified the delay and we have considered paying the same IDPs. So, the delay is behind us at the moment.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, the issue of IDPs has been a very big issue in this country. It is true that to date, some of them have not received this money. We have received lists, which we forwarded to the Ministry. The DCs have confirmed that these people have not been compensated. When are you likely to compensate those who lost their property, including those who were in businesses and were never considered?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, the claim that the lists have been submitted to the Ministry and that the IDPs have not been paid, we have said time and again--- Hon. Members will agree with me that while we were addressing this issue last year, the requests were overwhelming. We ran out of finances. However, after the presentation of the Budget, we reported on the Floor of this House that we had enough provision in this yearâs Budget, and that all registered IDPs would be paid according to the laid down procedures, and be re-settled. That process is currently going on.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, however, on the issue of businesses to be compensated, we have not been able to quantify what to pay to anybody. At the moment, the Government has no provision for compensation of the businesses that the hon. Member is asking about.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, it is a big shame that almost two years after our people were displaced, we are still talking of IDPs. It is a big shame that this country has not taken seriously, the issue of our own people, who are refugees in our own country. I want to know from the Assistant Minister whether he could give us a
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I agree with the hon. Member that it is a shame to have these people in IDP camps, but he must agree with me on the challenges that go with it. We have explained this time and again. We have even addressed hon. Members, who come from the Rift Valley and Central and Nyanza provinces, where we have the majority of the IDPs. We explained to them the problems we were encountering the whole of last year, and they agreed with us on the problems that we have other than finances. Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, we need to appreciate the fact that we also have a lot of pretenders. You can have IDPs re-settled. Some of them will carry the tents with them, camp elsewhere and call photo journalists to say: âLook, we have not yet been re-settled.â We must appreciate that problems are there, but we have to face them. We are doing everything possible to ensure that the remaining genuine IDPs are re-settled. Please, let us not give room to pretenders.
Thank you, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, for giving me the opportunity to address the issue of IDPs. The Assistant Minister has made an undertaking that the Ministry will re-settle and pay these IDPs. Could he give us the list of the remaining IDPs, who are to be paid, so that this matter can be settled once and for all? Some of us are being blamed.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, that is a substantive Question. I will be able to table the list when that Question comes to the House.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I want to ask the Minister whether he is aware that it is the primary duty of the Government to protect its citizens and their property. In that case, the Government is the insurer of its people. When this happened, and citizens lost property and became IDPs, it was the responsibility of the Government to compensate the people. Does the Ministry consider Kshs10,000, or Kshs25,000, enough compensation? The Assistant Minister has said that they are in the process of quantifying what was lost. Could he tell us at what stage of quantifying the Government or Ministry is?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I do not want to be mistaken here. I want to make it very clear. The process we are in at the moment is to ensure that the basic necessities are, first of all, met. That is to provide food, water and shelter for the IDPs. We are not yet through with that first phase. Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, as far as businesses are concerned, we have requests. We are also looking at those requests. The Government has not taken a position for me to say that we shall compensate all the businesses; we are not yet through with the exercise of re-settling the IDPs themselves. Once we are through with that exercise, we will be able to look at what we will be able to do.
On a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. Is the Assistant Minister in order to mislead the House that the Government is carrying out a first phase? Could he confirm to the House that there will be a second phase of compensation for the businesses lost?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, when we have genuine cases and availability of finances, we shall be able to do everything that is possible to be done by the Government to protect its people.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, the Ministry of State for Special Programmes is the right Ministry to know issues to do with IDPs. Since 1962, we have had IDPs in Shangarubu, Shanga Shakani and Shanga Mafula in Lamu District. We have almost 580 families there. Could the Assistant Minister provide those people with seeds and fertilizers? He says his Ministry is more concerned with issues of food, water and shelter.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, as I have said before in this House and I will repeat, the Government has been providing seeds and fertilizers to the IDPs and we will continue to do so.
On a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. Is the Assistant Minister in order to evade the actual question? The question here is about marginalization of the Coast Province by this Government. He has never visited those IDPs, particularly those in Mombasa. Other people are talking about compensating their businesses and second phase. Has he ever come to Mombasa to initiate the first phase---
What is your point of order?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, is he in order to evade telling this House when he will come to make the initial phase of the compensation in Mombasa?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I do not know whether the hon. Member was listening to me or whether he was in the House. From the outset, I said we have got a register of 349 IDPs from the District Commissioner. This register was submitted to us later. On justification, I have said the Ministry will compensate those people just like the rest of the IDPs in the country.
On a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. Is the Assistant Minister in order to evade the question? When will he come to compensate them? I was listening carefully. Could he answer the question?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I think we had better consider the merit of some of these points of order. I cannot say exactly when I will visit Mombasa. However, in the course of the month, we will be able to compensate the 349 IDPs in Mombasa, just like the rest of the IDPs in the country.
Next Question, Mr. Lankas.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, although I have not received the written reply, I beg to ask my Question.
asked the Minister for Tourism:-
(a) To state how many tourist circuits exist in Kenya and indicate what packages they offer; and,
(b) What the Ministry is doing to ensure sufficient promotion and publicity for all of them.
Is the Minister not here? We will come back to that Question later.
asked the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Development:-
(a) if she could provide a list of individuals and organizations that have benefitted from the Women Enterprise Development Fund in the last two years, showing distribution by region,
(b) how many among the beneficiaries are marginalized women, women with disabilities, female-headed households and pastoralist women; and,
(c) what measures she is putting in place to reach out to the categories mentioned in âbâ above.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I beg to reply. (a) The Women Enterprise Development Fund (WEDF) targets all Kenyan women as individuals, registered groups or companies owned by women. The fund uses two distribution channels to reach the target clientele namely: Constituency women enterprise scheme through which only registered womenâs self help groups are targeted. Financial intermediaries who are free to lend money to individuals, groups or companies owned by women. Since under the Constituency Women Enterprise Scheme we lend the women self help groups, it is not possible go give names of individuals, but the number of groups funded per region is as indicated in the table below. Nairobi Province with 152 registered women groups received Kshs7,598,000. In Coast Province, there were 489 groups who were given Kshs20,138,930. Eastern Province had 615groups which were given Kshs28,786,000. In Western Province, there were 430 groups which were given Kshs20,763,000. In Central Province, there were 484 groups which were given a total of Kshs25,459,000. Nyanza Province had 663 groups which were given Kshs30,656,200. In Rift Valley, there were 914 groups which were given Kshs44,919,000. North Eastern Province had 166 groups which were given Kshs7,450,000. The total number of groups that benefited was 3,913. They were all given Kshs185,768,130. The 3,913 groups are composed of 91,910 individual women members. (b) The financial intermediaries have lent fund money to individual women as follows: Nairobi Province, 6,500 women beneficiaries; North Eastern Province, 50 women beneficiaries; Coast Province, 400 women beneficiaries; Rift Valley, 1,300 women beneficiaries; Nyanza, 850 women beneficiaries; Eastern Province, 500 women beneficiaries; Central Province, 1,400 women beneficiaries and Western Province, 1,000. The total number of women who benefitted was 12,000. (c) Due to the confidentiality clauses in the loan agreement, it is not possible to give the names of individual borrowers---
On a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. You must have noticed that the hon. Assistant Minister avoided giving the names of the individual groups and he has now said that he is not able to give the names of the individual women
Mr. Assistant Minister, do you have a list that you can table? We do not expect you to read all the names.
No, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker.
When are you able to table the names because you have not fully answered the Question? We can defer your Question to next week and we expect you to bring the list as requested in the Question.
I shall do so, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker.
So, we defer the Question to Wednesday, next week. Please, bring the list as requested and table it.
Obliged, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. The list of names is very long. I request to be given two weeks to do so.
Hon. Members can consume very large documents. So, you bring the list and they will be happy to look at that.
So, we will defer Question 325 to Wednesday, next week. I expect the list to be here. The lists are already in the Ministry.
Hon. Members, because of lack of time, I would like to defer Question Nos. 337, 372 and 384. I will only address the two Questions by Private Notice.
PURCHASE OF CHEVRON OIL COMPANY OUTLETS BY TOTAL OUTREâMER SA
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I wish to ask the Minister for Agriculture the following Question by Private Notice. (a) Could the Minister state the original acreage of the ADC Molo Farm, the acreage of the farm sold so far and money made out of the sale? (b) Could the Minister table the list of beneficiaries of the sale and explain how the sale has contributed positively towards agricultural development? (c) How much has the Government spent in the purchase of 700 acres of Asante Farm in Kuresoi District?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I beg to reply. (a) The original acreage of ADC Molo Farm was 12,495 acres. 12,365 acres were sold and Kshs393, 833,049 was made from the sale. I do hereby table the list of the beneficiaries of the Molo ADC Farm.
(b) The contribution of the sale of the ADC Farm cannot be stated because it has not so far been assessed. (c) The Government spent Kshs15 million to purchase 700 acres of Asante Farm in Kuresoi District.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I congratulate the Assistant Minister for answering this Question. However, I do not agree with him on the acreage he has stated. He stated that there are 12,495 but I have some information that the Minister is misleading this House. What is on the ground is above that figure. I would ask him---
Can you direct a question to the Assistant Minister so that he can clarify?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, does the Assistant Minister have the actual information? Is the acreage 12,495 acres or over 40,000 acres?
On a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. Is it in order for the Member of Parliament to ask a Question on an issue in my district without consulting me? What interest does he have in it?
That is allowed! However, you will also have a chance to ask a question. Mr. Assistant Minister, please, proceed!
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I wish to clarify and confirm that the ADC Farms in Molo were as follows; ADC Nyota â 5,794 acres, ADC Total Three Farms â 1,913 acres and ADC Sirikwa â 4,656 acres. This is a total of 12,365
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, the Government sold this particular ADC Farm at a cost of Kshs5, 500 per acre. It has bought the Asante Farm at Kshs21, 000 per acre. The objectives of ADCs as we understand them to date, have not changed since 1965. Why and when was this land sold? What was the criteria used in identifying the beneficiaries? Who owned the 700 acres of the Asante Farm in Kuresoi? Why was it necessary for the Government to buy that land?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I would like to start with the criteria of allocation. The former Government found it prudent to settle some squatters in the Rift Valley Province. Through the Settlement Trust Fund (STF), the ADC Farm was transferred to STF for onward allocation to needy cases. That is why it was found prudent to allocate these farms. Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, these farms were sold way back from 1995 all the way to 2000. The average price at that time was Kshs6, 600 per acre. As the Ministry of Agriculture, we are in the process of our potatoes multiplication programme in Molo. Since only 130 acres were left after the rest was sold, we are in the process of acquiring new land. The market rate as at now is Kshs21, 000 per acre. It was, therefore, found prudent to go ahead and buy it.
On a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. The Assistant Minister has not answered the question on who owned the 700 acres Asante Farm in Kuresoi.
Do you have the information?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, as at now, I do not know the original owner who sold the farm to ADC.
That looks like a new Question. Mr. Wamalwa, please, proceed!
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, we have many squatters in Trans Nzoia who have been waiting for the Government go give them ADC farms to settle. The Government, however, has said these farms will be maintained for the sake of national food security. Why is it that the ADC farms in other parts of the country have been given out and not the ones in Trans Nzoia District? What criteria was used?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, during the last regime, there was massive problem in the Rift Valley Province. It was found prudent to settle some of these squatters. Molo ADC Farm was one of the areas identified for these settlement schemes. The most unfortunate thing is that it was who-is-who who benefited from this farm. I have got the list---
Are you answering his question?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I am answering him.
The hon. Member is asking you why the ADC farms in Trans Nzoia District are not given to squatters? I think that is the gist of the question. So, do not go round the question, answer him!
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, Molo ADC Farm was identified because it was found prudent to dispose of part of it to settle the people who were landless in central Rift Valley Province. So far, we have not received any request to settle squatters in Kitale area.
On a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. You saw the hon. Assistant Minister looking at the list that he referred to as containing the names of the âwho-is-whoâ; could he table the list so that we know the who is who?
That is a question. I rule you out of order because the Question was different! Mr. Njuguna, please, proceed!
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, the Assistant Minister has given the implication that it has not been possible to give an assessment on the development already achieved on these pieces of land. Does he imply that the Government does not have the machinery or capacity to give an assessment on the developments?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, the time the Question was brought to our attention, we were unable to complete the assessment. However, I can promise this House that by next week, I can afford to give the assessment of the development of ADC farm. At the same time, I already tabled the list of the beneficiaries of the Molo ADC Farm.
Last question, Mr. Kiuna!
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I am not fully convinced because right now, we were launching Molo potato cold plant. The Assistant Minister was there and he was requested by the management to look for more funds to buy some land. If he goes to an extent of getting more funds to buy more land and yet the custodians of that farm are not---
Can you ask your question, Mr. Kiuna?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, what steps will the Government take to ensure that the farms they are intending to buy will be well protected and will not be disposed of to the grabbers?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I would like to assure the hon. Member that under the current Government, we will protect any land that we will buy.
On a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. Is the Assistant Minister in order to mislead this House by saying that the ADC farm in Molo was allocated to squatters when the list he has laid on the Tabled shows one Saitoti with 221 acres? Is that a squatter being given 221 acres? There are many people who were allocated hundreds of acres. Is he in order to mislead this House that it was squatters who were given this land when G.K. Saitoti was given 221 acres?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, that was the intention of the Government. Unfortunately, some Government officials in the KANU regime took advantage of the situation. This was the responsibility of our leaders. I have also gone through the list. We have Cabinet Ministers who were allocated part of that land. We also have some current sitting judges who were also allocated that land. It is their responsibility to surrender that land back to the Government.
On a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker.
What is your point of order? I hope that you are using the right list because there is another list here that does not show the source of the information. It is like a photocopied document. Could we have the right document?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, this document was laid on the Table by the Assistant Minister and we must assume that it is the right list. Is he in order---?
Mr. Nyambati, you seem to have a different list from what the Chair has. I do not know where you got your list from.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, the list was laid on the Table by the Assistant Minister.
I have just received a document that is purported to have been laid on the Table. Did it come through you?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, it came through the Clerk.
The clerk-at-the-Table must verify the document. Could you get your point of order across?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I want to know when Mr. Saitoti became a squatter so as to warrant him being given more than 200 acres together with hon. Kones, among others.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, the list I have laid on the Table is an extract from the famous Ndungâu Report and from the Managing Director, Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC).
I want us to take the last question while I verify this document. I have not seen the name of hon. Saitoti in the document I have. I hope that hon. Members are not sneaking in wrong documents.
Mr. Ojode): On a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. I thought that the Chair would know the source of that list. We should also be told if, indeed, it is true that my Minister became a squatter and benefitted from that list. As far as that list is concerned, the name of George Saitoti is not there. So, we want to know the source of that list.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I would like to clarify that the list I have laid on the Table is directly from the MD of ADC Farm, Mr. Kirwa, and an extract from the Ndungâu Report. The name of G.K. Saitoti is there!
On a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. I would want the indulgence of the Chair to clarify whether G.K. Saitoti is the same as George Saitoti.
Hon. Members, I will defer this Question. We want the Assistant Minister to give us documents that are signed. The one we have is a page 893 and he has not even signed it himself. There is nothing like hon.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I can lay on the Table the actual list by the end of today.
When you bring your own list, please, list who the squatter are because this one does not show anything?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, according to the Minister for Agriculture, they were all squatters. That is why they were allocated those parcels of land at that particular time.
Mr. Assistant Minister, we expect you to sign your own report and tell us that these are the squatters you are referring to. However, if you extract a photocopy of a document---
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I am willing to sign it now.
I have already ruled on that.
Order! Order, hon. Members! I have deferred the Question to Wednesday next week. We will expect the Assistant Minister to give us a list and his own commitment that, this is his own list. When he gives us a document that does not show where he extracted the information from and he does not commit himself and no one has signed it, it cannot be laid on the Table.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I wish to commit myself that on Wednesday next week, I will come with a complete dossier on ADC Farm allocation.
Thank you very much. I have finished with that and we will move to the next one. Meanwhile, all names that are on record should be expunged and we move on.
On a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker.
Order! Dr. Khalwale, I have already ruled on that issue. We have deferred the Question. So, you cannot follow up what has been deferred. Next Question, Mr. Shakeel!
to ask the Minister for Water and Irrigation:- (a) If the Minister is aware that the large parcel of land which is a spring source of water flowing to the Nairobi ASK show ground water dam, previously occupied by the Ministry of Energy, has been allocated to a church?
Mr. Shakeel not here? That Question is dropped.
Questions Nos. 317 and 014 will also be deferred.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, 250 pupils in Kaprisis Primary School were reported to have flu like illness on 31st July, last month. Samples were taken from them and sent to our laboratories at KEMRI. These samples tested positive for H1N1 in six out of the nine samples taken. They had presented headache fever and cough. Some of the teachers and parents reported the same and were treated for the same illnesses. They have been treated and are stable. No new cases so far have been reported. The Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation medical officers have moved to the place. We are testing all the members in that school. We have put all those who showed signs of H1N1 or flu like symptoms in treatment.
I would like to urge the leadership in that area to inform the people not to panic. Medical officers are in place. People should avoid unnecessary contact with those who are being treated, so that the disease does not spread. We are following the cases to the homes where the patients come from. I would also like to urge Kenyans who are travelling to countries where this disease is spreading fast such as the United Kingdom to
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, one aspect of control is to get the lead as to what was the source of this outbreak or who was the individual source that might have contracted all these people. I would want to ask the Minister how far they have gone in trying to locate the source for this specific outbreak. When the Minister appeared before the committee sometimes back, she assured us that they would set up extra testing clinics to fight the H1N1 virus; how far have they gone with this programme?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, the report affirming that it was, indeed, swine flu has just come out. My staff has moved in place and are following the cases to their homes. That is how we shall be able to know whether there are people who had travelled out of the country and came back with the virus. We shall establish the contacts these people have had. That is the only way we will be able to know exactly the source of the disease. We are now doing surveillance.
On extra testing clinics, right now, we have 26 such clinics in the country. We are looking for funds to add more clinics. As you aware, our surveillance department did not get extra money. We have requested to be given a little more to do surveillance all over the country. However, using the limited resources that we have, we intend to identify exactly which areas we need to add more clinics. We should appreciate if we are able to detect right in Keiyo District, then our surveillance is quite alert.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I rise to seek a Ministerial Statement from the Minister of State for Provincial Administration and Internal Security in respect of harassment by the police of two newspaper reporters; Mr. Andrew Tiyie, an investigation editor and Mr. Kamore Maina, a crime reporter with the Star newspaper.
I would like him to clarify the following: Is he aware that it is illegal and total abuse of institutional authority for the police to summon the two to appear in court when they are, in fact, neither witnesses nor persons accused in any case? Could he order for these harassments to stop with immediate effect? Secondly, could he also clarify if in this particular incident, he would care to be guided by a ruling by Felix Kombo who was a magistrate in the case of one, Everlyne Kwambako of The Standard in the Deya Case of the so called miracle babies, where the ruling was that a reporter is under no obligation whatsoever to reveal the source of his or her information?
Finally, I would like the Minister to clarify to this House and assure the Republic that the following media houses will not be raided as a result of what is going on: TheStar newspaper, Kiss 100, Classic 105, Kiss television and Classic TV in the same manner that the Government raided the KTN premises?
Yes, the Minister will undertake to inform the Minister concerned.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I will pass the information to the Minister concerned.
Can he do so, next week?
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, Wednesday, next week.
On a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. Could you tell us when we will elect the Chairman of the House Business Committee?
Are we sure, this information will get to the concerned Minister?
Mr. Mbugua, you are out of order! That is not right!
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I would like to assure the hon. Member that the matter will be communicated to the Minister. He should not have any doubts about that.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I am seeking a clarification from the Minister of Public Health and Sanitation in connection with the swine flu that is spreading in this country.
We have already passed that matter. You are a little bit too late. We are dealing with a different matter.
Thank you, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I have a few more minutes to conclude moving this Motion.
I just want to emphasize that there was Government desire to construct afresh, the whole of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands of this country. That was why the Ministry of the Development of Northern Kenyan and other Arid Lands was established. We are asking the Government to minimize the period in which this Ministry is established in the books to not more than one decade, that is ten years, so that it does not become a permanent feature of our Government structure in order for those ten years to fast track development. In those ten years, the Government should provide not less than 15 per cent of our development Budget which comes to about Kshs30 billion.
On a point of order, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. This is a very important Motion and the Ministry is not represented here.
There is no Government listening!
Thank you for drawing my attention. The Ministers will consult.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, the Minister and the Government side must combine statements with concrete facts. I was saying that what we require is for this Ministry to exist for not more than ten years in order to reconstruct afresh the entire North Eastern Province and other Arid Lands.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, in my Motion, I seek the Government to allocate Kshs30 billion every financial year for ten years. Alongside Government funding, the international community donors are requested to chip in so that this region does not become an eyesore in the country. If this is done, it will become a region in this country where people will be given an opportunity to participate fully in the economic development and realise their full potential. I have requested the Minister to make sure that Kshs30 billion is provided for the development of this part of the country, which is 75 per cent of the countryâs land mass in the next financial year. We know that the return to the economy will be four or five times the investment in this region.
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I request Mr. Wamalwa to second this Motion.
I beg to move.
Thank you, Madam Temporary Speaker. I would like to second this Motion by Mr. Affey. May I take this opportunity to congratulate my friend for bringing yet another wonderful Motion before this House. Recently, he brought a Motion for rotational sittings of Parliament. This involves Parliament sitting in other parts of the country, including the northern part of Kenya.
This Motion also brings to fore the situation in the northern part of Kenya. One of my favourite books by Charles Dickens is A Tale of Two Cities . In this book, Charles Dickens talks about the City of Paris and the City of London and the two worlds apart. In this country, we have a tale of two "Kenyas." If you visit northern Kenya, you will find our fellow Kenyans who live there saying that they are not in Kenya. They also say that they have come to Kenya when they come to Nairobi. If you look at what has happened since this country attained Independence, you will find that it is a tale of marginalization of northern Kenya. The region has been neglected and marginalized in terms of resource
Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, I stand here to support this Motion. I want to take you and this country and the House to the road that led to the creation of the Ministry for Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands. This Ministry was created as a result of a concrete need or due to deliberate marginalization of the people of northern Kenya. Prior to the 2007 General Elections, 45 years of Kenyaâs Independence, the healthcare delivery system, education sector, infrastructure, livestock which is the livelihood of the people of northern Kenya, water and sanitation of that region and economic activity was far below that of the other regions in this country. During the 2007 General Election, the two major parties and moreso, the party that I represent in this
Thank you, Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, for giving me this chance to contribute to this very important Motion. The creation of the Ministry of State for Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands is the first and only attempt by the Government of Kenya to acknowledge and address historical marginalization and continued under-development of the region. In this respect, I would like to take this golden opportunity to thank His Excellency the President, hon. Mwai Kibaki and the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, Mr. Raila, for creating this Ministry. This Ministry has historical significance to the people of northern Kenya and other arid lands. When the Ministry was created, we thanked God for making it a reality that the injustices that took place in northern Kenya and other arid lands was today being felt by the Kenyan community; and that injustice for northern Kenya is injustice to all Kenyans and Kenya as a whole. It was a step in the right direction. It was the first time in our history that we witnessed a sense of fairness and hope for the people of the region. The Ministry became a symbol of hope, fairness and equity platform. It symbolized the
Order! Why are you on your feet when the hon. Member is on her feet?
Proceed, Dr. Mwiria!
Thank you, Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, for giving me this opportunity to support this Motion. I want to congratulate the hon. Member for bringing it up as a matter which we must see beyond just North Eastern Kenya, but also the whole country; if you consider that 70 per cent of this country is either semi-arid or arid. In fact, it is said that 70 per cent of the country is completely arid and, if you add the âsemi-aridâ component, it is 80 per cent. So, we are talking about virtually the whole of this country. That is why it is important that, even when we talk about 30 per cent of the Budget, let us appreciate the fact that we are saying 30 per cent for 80 per cent of the whole country. So, if you look at it in those terms, you will realize that even the proportion itself would ask for much more.
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, we should not forget that in that 80 per cent of the country, lives Kenyans. They have been historically disadvantaged and it is important to do what we can - in real terms â by allocating resources and building infrastructure to develop those areas, so that they are able to benefit from whatever else is happening in the country. Similarly, that 80 per cent of the country has great potential, if you compare it to countries like Egypt, Sudan, Israel and other countries. Those countries have converted that arid climate or situation into a lot of resources and productivity. So, there is, clearly, potential and what has been lacking is not just the political will, but also
Thank you, Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir. I rise to support this Motion. I would like to congratulate Mr. Affey for bringing this Motion before this House. When we raise the issues and the problems of northern Kenya, we must appreciate the distinct marginalization of this region.
Early colonial legislation turned the Northern Frontier District (NFD) into a closed area allowing only for minimal contact with the rest of this Republic. At that time, northern Kenya only served as a buffer against expansionist Ethiopian empires. Beyond that, it was seen to be of no value. In terms of governance, the NFD at that time was characterized by restriction on movement, collective punishment, use of extensive and non-accountable executive powers and any view at the time symbolized the principal and practice of differential treatment of its citizens by the Kenyan State. Generally, the colonialists treated northern Kenya as a closed State from the rest of the Republic and by extension from the rest of the world.
Until 1990, different laws applied to northern Kenya. It was during this time that we had violation of human rights such as the Wagalla Massacre. In addition, minimal or very little investment was made in the area. Instead major investment was diverted to the so-called âhigh potential areasâ. This region was also subjected to emergency for a long period. I would like to quote what an administrator of the colonial government, Sir. Geoffrey Archer said in1920. I would like to capture what they thought of northern Kenya:- âThere is only one way to treat the northern territories and that was to give them whatever protection one can under the British flag and otherwise leave them to their own customs. Anything else is certainly uneconomic.â
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, unfortunately, even after Independence, nothing much changed. Our public policies still target the so-called âhigh potential areasâ at the expense of northern Kenya. To make my point further, I will underscore the highly celebrated Sessional Paper No.10 of 1965 which stated:- âTo make the economy as a whole to grow as faster as possible, development money should be invested where it will yield the largest increase in net output. This approach will clearly favour development of areas having abundant natural resources, good land and rainfall, transport and power facilities and people receptive to active development.â
Hon. Members, I have received notice of a proposed amendment. So, I think I better permit Dr. Oburu to move it and then we can continue.
Thank you, Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir. I stand to support this Motion and propose amendments to it. However, the amendments that I have are not major, because the intention of the Motion is noble. It is in line with the Government policy of developing northern Kenya. That is why the Government established the Ministry of State for Development of Northern Kenya and Other Arid Lands.
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, I hope that you will allow me to make my contribution and then move the amendments.
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, as I support this Motion, I know that the history of this country is such that the northern Kenya region was neglected. The approach to the economic development of this country was based on the returns on investment. That approach meant that monies were being put into the high potential areas, where return on investment was very high. However, return on investment can only go up certain limits. Beyond those limits, the returns will be negative. Therefore, we have what we call in Economics âThe Law of Diminishing Returnsâ.
The Law of Diminishing Returns has already crept into 25 per cent of land in this country. Therefore, it is high time that Kenya turned to Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL). When we talk of ASAL we are not talking about northern Kenya alone. There are many other parts of this country that are also arid or semi-arid. Even some areas in Nyanza Province, where I come from, we have rainfall of below 300 millimetres per annum. This matter has actually been discussed and agreed on in this House, that those areas also fall within the policies of ASAL development.
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, investment in those areas need not necessarily come from the Government. I was an employee of the Government. I used to be a civil servant. I used to work in the Ministry of Planning, where I was in charge of the Department of Arid and Semi-Arid Lands development. At that time, we attracted a lot of funds from donors, because donors are very keen on the development of ASAL areas. In fact, in Turkana District, the Norwegians were funding almost all departments of Government Ministries to the extent that the Government became negligent. The Government was not allocating any funds to that district. It was not supporting a scheme where donor funding was sustaining it. Government departments were responsible for implementation and providing counterpart funds, so that when the donors left, the Government could easily take over the programmes. This almost led to a collapse of projects when the Norwegians withdrew, or were chased away, from Turkana District.
Mr. Assistant Minister, just read the entire Motion with your proposed amendments.
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, if amended as proposed by me, the Motion will read as follows:-
THAT, noting the past and continued under-development of the Northern Kenya; aware that because of the prolonged neglect, the entire region has lagged behind in development compared to other parts of Kenya; cognizant of the fact that the inhabitants of the region are taxpayers with equal human and legal rights like other Kenyans entitled to all the services provided by the Government, including adequate security and infrastructural facilities such as road network to open up the region; appreciating the efforts of the Grand Coalition Government in establishing the Ministry for Development of Northern Kenya and Other Arid Lands as a strategy to address these historical imbalances; this House urges the Minister for Finance to increase budgetary allocation to the Ministry for Development of Northern Kenya and Other Arid Lands and other relevant Ministries to at least 15 per cent per annum of the development budget for next
Who is seconding you?
Thank you, Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir. I want to support the amendments. I think they are basically harmless.
No. you are seconding the proposed amendments.
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, I am seconding the proposed amendments to remove the word âmarginalizationâ and replace it with âunder-developmentâ and also to recognize the contribution of other departments that support the Ministry of State for Development of Northern Kenya and Other Arid Lands.
I would say that the capacity can always be outsourced. The driving engine for this Ministry is the capable Minister and his staff.
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, they have already started doing some good work. I am aware that they are already doing some huge dams and they can outsource capacity. If you are doing dams, you get capacity from the Ministry and the parastatals in the Ministry of Water and Irrigation and other organizations.
I want to congratulate the hon. Member who brought this Motion because we want to continuously push for affirmative action. I do not want to put too much emphasis on previous Governments because they were also run by people from ASAL areas. The top leadership of previous governments constituted people from ASAL areas.
We want to see this change come as soon as possible. We want to see the modifications in the next Supplementary Estimates. I am happy that the Minister for Finance is here to support this Motion. We want to see real change in the next Budget.
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, in the Ninth Parliament, parliamentarians from the Pastoralist Parliamentary Group together with the Ministry of State for Special Programmes then headed by Mr. Munyes worked very hard on the policy on arid lands. That policy has been ready for the last three years. We were able to look at the strategic plans and the budget that we came up with was for Kshs30 billion annually to be pumped into the ASAL areas for development.
It is a bit unfortunate that although the President, while opening this session of Parliament did mention that 24 policies will come to the House, I expect this particular
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, this Motion is timely because it is addressing a very pertinent issue of development of our country. We have already understood that about 80 per cent of our country falls within the ASAL. This is represented by the Ministry of State for the Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands. Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, when we talk of 80 per cent of the country being underdeveloped, one would wonder where we lost sight and only concentrated on only a small fraction of the country. Explanations have been given to the effect that allocation of funds was targeting potential areas because of returns. This is, however, not enough reason for us to continue to ignore areas with equal potential for over 40 years. These areas would have taken this country to a different level of development and achievement. The Government did very well by creating the Ministry of State for Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands. However, I still believe that the Government never had the intention to address the shortfalls. It should have empowered or increased funding for developing various sectors of the economy in this area. This includes provision of water. If you travel to the north after rainy season, you will find it very green. This means that if sufficient water was available, if the rain water was tapped and kept, it would be used during dry season. This way, we would not be spending the kind of money we spend on buying food to feed people. We would not be struggling to find a way of disposing livestock threatened today by drought and famine. The Government should, indeed, think of putting in more money in the relevant Ministries targeting the semi-arid areas. This should be put in the Budget. It should not just be the responsibility of this Ministry but of the Government. Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, we have given examples of countries like Sudan, Egypt and Israel. These are countries which have produced enough food and export to other countries yet they do not rely, at all, on rain-fed agriculture. If we could look at the Nile Basin Treaty which was entered between the Kenyan Government and the Ethiopian Government before Independence and is operational up to date--- We should change that treaty to allow for the usage of water from Lake Victoria through the River Nile in areas like Turkana. It should be used for irrigation. I can tell you that if we do this, the sights we see in the media of people starving and dying would be history. I think for a long time the Government has been very short-sighted. We cannot apportion blame today on the past leadership because it came from developed areas. People from the north and semi-arid lands were sending representatives to this House. However, they did not raise these concerns. Today, what we are doing is so important. We have come up with this Motion with a view to correcting the errors of the past. We hope that the Government is going to empower and put in more resources into the relevant Ministries like the Ministry of Roads. The Ministry should be able to open up the roads in northern Kenya and other arid areas. If the areas were opened, trade would flourish. Accessibility would be made easier and development will follow.
There are still a few minutes left before I can call the Mover to reply. Therefore, I will call Mr. Bahari.
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, I want to thank Mr. Affey for moving this Motion because it addresses one of the key challenges of this country for the next few years to come. I must emphasize that this is nothing new. I can refer to the records of this House. One nationalist in this House, in 1975, had gone on record to say that when Kenyans from northern Kenya come to Nairobi or go to the central part of this Republic, they say that they are going to Kenya. He was very categorical and stated very clearly that the reason for this is because the Government had not developed that part of the Republic. This was in 1975. The hon. Member, in 1975, urged the Government, through this House, to start investing in that part of the country. This was 34 years ago and even today, we are still talking about the same issue. In fact, we are worse off now relatively than it was at that time. This is the era in which we must talk the truth. I believe that some of these issues will come up in the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) agenda. It was a deliberate Government policy in terms of investment in accordance to Sessional Paper No.10 of 1966 that we invest in what was considered to be a high potential area. I do not know who made the assessment of which areas were high potential. That should have been preceded by an assessment of the high potential areas. Thirty four years is a long time and we have not yet acted. Today, we are still talking about it. This is a very serious matter and the Government needs to look at it with the seriousness it deserves. Indeed, like one of the hon. Members said, we would like to see in the Supplementary Estimates, this issue addressed. I can assure you that we will mobilize this House. If the Ministry will not address this issue in the Supplementary Budget, we will take it upon ourselves to ensure that the Ministry includes this in the
Thank you, Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir. Before I make my remarks, I would like to donate two minutes to the Minister of State for Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands, two minutes to Mr. Abdikadir and two minutes to Mr. ole Lankas and I will remain with four minutes.
Thank you, Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir. I would like to thank Mr. Affey for bringing this Motion and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance for allowing the Motion to pass with minor amendments. I think a lot has been said about under-development of this area. I am sure that there are some figures that many hon. Members may not be aware about. For example, the human index of ten districts of northern Kenya is lower than the population of Sierra Leone. In many of those districts there is less than 30 per cent enrolment in schools. The infrastructure and the
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, I just want to answer one question, why there is under-development by Government policy. It was structural because in terms of development discourse, we actually have differentiation between under-development and marginalization. It was structural starting from the construction of the Ugandan Railway; the Government policy was to develop those areas surrounding the railways line. Two, there was the myth of high potential areas, essentially agricultural view points of the world. Three, constitutional, as a result of secessionist, constitutional policies focused on securities. Section 127, actually had the Constitution vacated in those areas. So, indeed, the under-development was Government policy. This ought to be addressed by the Government policy.
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, 40 years ago this country and South Korea were on the same path of development. Nothing has changed in those two countries other than policies and practices. They are where they are today because of Government policies. This under-development is Government policy based and it must get government policy intervention.
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, I also wish to support this Motion as amended.
I just wish to point out a few issues on the Ministryâs functions and roles. This is the Ministry of State for Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands. Which are these other arid lands? This should be clearly defined, so that they are all brought on board. The image of northern Kenya needs to be redeemed. These areas are taken as hardship areas. This has contributed to the underdevelopment of this area. This Government tends to operate geographically. If there is a way that we can move the seat of the Government to an area like Isiolo, I believe all these we are talking about would be solved. That is one of the things that I need to recommend.
These areas are rich in resources. They have high potential. For record purposes, there was an Assistant Minister who talked of the Mara being tired; I think that should not be taken because Mara is an area which is also under these other arid areas. It should never be used as an example of an area which is tired.
With those few remarks, I support the Motion.
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, I just want to donate just one minute to hon. Sofia for record purposes.
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, for record purposes, I want to oppose the Motion as amended by the Assistant Minister, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance by removing the word âmarginalisationâ. He is running away from responsibility. I want it to be recorded because this was historical
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, as we conclude this Motion, first of all, I want to thank my Seconder to this Motion, hon. Wamalwa. I just want to tell him that he has all our support in whatever he is doing.
The intention of this Motion is to acknowledge the Government efforts in trying to focus on development of northern Kenya and other Arid Lands by the fact that the Government established a Ministry. We do not want that Ministry to be just a political gimmick. We want to it to translate into real activities for the people who live in this part of the country which is about 80 per cent of the Kenyaâs land mass. This Ministry, must, therefore, be strengthened. It should not be taken as a co-ordinating Ministry. It must be taken as a Ministry for development of northern Kenyan and Other Arid Lands. When you look at the word âdevelopmentâ the assumption is to construct this region afresh. There were policies of marginalization which were pursued in this country by the colonial Government and then implemented to the letter by the subsequent Government. This has contributed to this part of the country going down the drain economically. As Members have said, we require human resource development and development of infrastructure in this region. Therefore, the obsession with the 50 kilometre railway line established by the colonial Government must stop with the establishment of this Ministry.
I just want to thank the Minister and hon. Members who supported this Motion. With those few remarks, I beg to move.
THAT, noting the past and continued under-development of the Northern Kenya; aware that because of the prolonged neglect, the entire region has lagged behind in development compared to other parts of Kenya; cognizant of the fact that the inhabitants of the region are taxpayers with equal human and legal rights like other Kenyans entitled to all the services provided by the Government, including adequate security and infrastructural facilities such as road network to open up the region; appreciating the efforts of the Grand Coalition Government in establishing the Ministry for Development of Northern Kenya and Other Arid Lands as a strategy to address these historical imbalances; this House urges the Minister for Finance to increase budgetary allocation to the Ministry for Development of Northern Kenya and Other Arid Lands and other relevant Ministries to at least 15 per cent per annum of the development Budget for the next decade in line with the Governmentâs recent positive approach towards the development and transformation of this region
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, I beg to move the following Motion:- THAT, in view of the suffering occasioned by the retirement benefits law to employees by prohibiting them from accessing their contributions and those of their employers upon leaving employment before the mandatory retirement age and in view of the fact that the Government has now extended the retirement age of its employees to sixty years and those who have left employment before the mandatory retirement age will have to wait for an even longer period before accessing their contributions; this House resolves that the Government lifts the restriction under the Retirement Benefits Act in respect of occupational schemes to enable a member leaving employment after three years of membership to be entitled thereupon to a refund of his or her contribution together with investment income accrued thereon and payment of the employerâs contribution together with investment income accrued thereon, and for matters incidental thereto and connected therewith.
Mr. Temporary Deputy Speaker, Sir, this Motion is brought at a time when there are many Kenyans who have lost their employment before reaching their retirement age. It has also been brought at a time when the retirement age has been extended from the previous 55 years to 60 years. It is brought during a time when there is a global financial crisis where millions of people have lost jobs. Recently, in Geneva, it was indicated that in the world over 50 million people have lost jobs. In Kenya, the Kenyan delegation that was represented in Geneva during the International Labour Organization Conference led by His Excellency the Vice-President and Minister for Home Affairs confirmed that over 10,000 people have lost their jobs before attaining the retirement age.
This Motion was prompted by what was brought by way of an amendment to the Retirement Benefits Act in 2005
Mr. Wamalwa, you will have 18 minutes to complete your Motion next Wednesday. On that note, Hon. Members it now time for interruption of the business of the House. The House, therefore, stands adjourned until this afternoon, 12th August, 2009 at 2.30 p.m.
The House rose at 12.30 p.m.