John Munene Wambugu

Parties & Coalitions

All parliamentary appearances

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  • 11 Mar 2020 in National Assembly: Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker, for giving me an opportunity to add my voice to this Motion on noting of the Annual Reports on the state of the Judiciary for financial years 2016/2017 and 2017/2018. I want to associate myself with the Members who have supported this Report and say that this Report has shown what is wrong with the Judiciary. It has shown what they are doing about it and where they expect to go. We must appreciate that Kenya is a country governed by the rule of law. The institution that has the constitutional duty of interpreting ... view
  • 11 Mar 2020 in National Assembly: We also know that Kenyans are quite litigious, which is a good thing because it means that Kenyans know their rights. The substitute to having a working Judiciary is chaos. So, we The electronic version of the Official Hansard Report is for information purposes only. Acertified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor. view
  • 11 Mar 2020 in National Assembly: need a Judiciary which is working. As parliamentarians, we must make sure that our Judiciary works. As captured in the Report, one way of making it work is to fund it adequately. view
  • 11 Mar 2020 in National Assembly: It is very clear that of the three arms of the Government, the most underfunded is the Judiciary. The Judiciary, and to some extent Parliament, lack financial autonomy. Because of lack of financial autonomy, we become an appendage of the Executive. We always rely on the Executive for funds. This low funding of the Judiciary has led to a situation where there is no enough infrastructure in terms of court rooms and personnel. In our country, we have about 500 magistrates, which is quite a low figure compared to the number of the court cases that are filed each day. ... view
  • 11 Mar 2020 in National Assembly: Presently, if you are a practising lawyer or a litigant and you go to the environment and land court, for example, they have dates from May 2021 yet we are in March 2020. If you get a case in the environment and land court, you can only get a date next year. Are we really serving justice to the people of Kenya? This lack of proper funding of the Judiciary is unnecessary. It is a form of interference with the independence of the Judiciary because you cannot be independent if you do not have enough resources. The recommendation by the ... view
  • 11 Mar 2020 in National Assembly: in court for 20 or 30 years. The law on election petitions cured a lot of mischief. Before then, you win a case, your election is challenged, the system plays and by the time your election is determined, the other election is coming up. You will find that someone who filed the case when the elections were announced sees the next election held before his or her case is determined. That makes that case superfluous. It has been a good thing. As we speak, most election petitions have been finalised. If it is done for election petitions, why can it ... view
  • 11 Mar 2020 in National Assembly: The other thing is that we keep on lamenting about how Judiciary is frustrating litigants. However, we must also appreciate that we parliamentarians represent the judges or the Judiciary in our own capacity as legislators. When it comes to issues of independence of the Judiciary, the same force we apply when we are fighting about the independence of Parliament should be the same one we apply when talking about the Judiciary. With those many remarks, I support the adoption of the two reports because they are good. It is something that is novel. It never used to happen. At least ... view
  • 19 Feb 2020 in National Assembly: Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker, for giving me this chance to contribute to this Bill. I must say from the word go that this is a very important Bill and the sponsor must be thanked. It is true that as it is now, it is not a Bill with a lot of proposals to change the tea sector. However, it is a good beginning. I believe that in the Committee Stage, we are going to do proper amendments so that it can address the real issues facing the farmers. As Hon. Mbarire has clearly said, we have many problems ... view
  • 19 Feb 2020 in National Assembly: By comparing Clauses 13 to 15, you are left wondering whether when bringing the Bill, they had a person in mind as the CEO of the Tea Board. Clause 13 states that the CEO of the Board should have five years’ experience. But Clause 15 talks about the Company Secretary having seven years’ experience. I was left wondering who should be more experienced. Is it the CEO or the Company Secretary? I think we need to enhance the qualifications and experience of the CEO of the Tea Board going forward. view
  • 19 Feb 2020 in National Assembly: Clause 39 talks about the staff of the Board once it is established, and states that it is the people who are currently working in that directorate. What we need to ask ourselves is this: When the Tea Board was collapsed under AFA, there were some staff who were initially there and were taken to other sectors. So, should they come back to their former employer? These are issues we need to address during the Committee Stage. I believe we will push for serious amendments so that this Bill can serve the good intentions of the sponsor to the whole ... view