Hon. Members, you may recall that on 25th February, 2016, the House passed the Engineering Technologists and Technicians Bill of 2015, which was sponsored by Hon. Cecilia Ngetich, the Member for Bomet County. Thereafter, I presented the Bill to His Excellency the President for assent in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and our Standing Orders. However, His Excellency the President, by way of a memorandum, has since returned the Bill back to the National Assembly for reconsideration pursuant to the provisions of Article 115(1)(b) of the Constitution. Hon. Members, the President has expressed reservations on Clauses 4 and 5 of the Bill and has recommended amendments to the two clauses. The said clauses relate to the functions and composition of the board. Indeed, the error was noted before the submission of the Bill for assent but since it was beyond the scope of correction of oversight provided for under Standing Order 152(3), the National Assembly advised the Executive to return the Bill for formal correction of the error. Hon. Members, the Memorandum stands committed to the Departmental Committee on Education, Science and Technology for consideration. For avoidance of doubt, Standing Order No.154 requires the House to consider the President’s reservations within 21 days upon receipt of a Memorandum. Therefore, the Committee is expected to table its report on or before 27th June, 2016. In considering the Memorandum, regard should be given to the guidance given in the Speaker’s Communication delivered on 28th July, 2015 concerning consideration of Presidential Memoranda and amendments thereto. I wish to further remind the House and the Committee that only clauses of the Bill that have reservations will be considered. I also direct the Clerk to circulate the Memorandum from the President to all Members so that they can familiarize themselves with its contents. For clarity, the reason why the date of 27th June, 2017 has been affixed is that the House is still on recess and it is expected to resume on 7th June, 2016. Thank you. The electronic version of the Official Hansard Report is for information purposesonly. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor.
Hon. Speaker, I beg to lay the following Papers on the Table of the House:- The Nominees to the National Government Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Committee for Laisamis Constituency constituting the 13th batch. The Report of the Auditor General on the Financial Statements in respect to the following institutions for the year ended 30th June, 2015:- (i) National Oil Corporation of Kenya; (ii) The Kenya Power and Lighting Company Limited Rural Electrification Scheme; (iii) The Rural Electrification Authority; (iv) The Ministry of Health; (v) The Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa; (vi) The Kenya National Commission for UNESCO; (vii) The Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology; (viii) The Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban development; (ix) The Export Processing Zones Authority. The Report of the Auditor General on the Financial Statements of the Kenya Water Towers Agency for the year ended 30th June, 2015. The Director’s Report and Accounts of Chemilil Sugar Company for the period ending 30th June, 2015.
Thank you, Hon. Speaker.
Hon. Speaker, I rise in regard to the demise of our brother, Hon. Soita Shitanda. We are aware of the service that the late Mheshimiwa provided in this country as a Member of Parliament for Malava Constituency.
The late Hon. Shitanda was hospitalized at the Nairobi Hospital for more than three weeks and upon his death, the family has incurred a bill in excess of Kshs4 million. Hon. Soita Shitanda has a young family, most of who are still going to school and college. Since Members are on recess and we are just here because of the special sitting, I would request that you consider making some small contributions towards his funeral and support of his family. As a practise, we have a form where Hon. Members indicate whether they wish to make their contributions in cash or they want their contributions deducted from their payslips. Considering the situation as it is now, this is the only hour we have with Members. Therefore, I request that we accept a check-off of, at least, Kshs5,000 from each Member to support the family in offsetting the funeral expense.
This is not a new practice in this House. We have done it before. We have had check-offs of Kshs10,000 but I am requesting for Kshs5,000 from our payslips.
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Hon. Malulu Injendi, the House may wish to express itself. I do not know. Do I understand that there was concurrence on a check-off of Kshs5,000 per Member? As the Chair of the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC), I am not able to effect anything unless it is by a resolution or unless Members have voluntarily accepted to help. This is a humble request from the Member for Malava Constituency.
Leader of the Majority Party, do you want to say something?
Hon. Speaker, it is not about putting the Question or saying you can do it. This is about audit. The House is not full. The procedure used to be that the Leader of the Majority Party and the Leader of the Minority Party write to the Clerk to commit the membership of the House to such an arrangement. That is the procedure. I will speak to our Whips. This afternoon we will write to you an authorization, on behalf of our membership, to deduct the Kshs5,000 from each Member. If you do not have any commitment letter from the leadership, then it will bring an audit query. Somebody who was not here for this Special Sitting might ask how their Ksh5,000 was deducted. Let us give you some document that will commit the membership, through their leadership.
Hon. Members, it is not something on which we can put the Question. However, I will allow the leadership to do a letter. Therefore, the Members of this House have authorized their leadership to do a joint letter. Is that correct? There may not be sufficient time for every Member to sign. Hon. Mwadeghu, what is your position? You can speak from there.
Ahsante Mhe. Spika. Ninatumaini sote tumesikia ombi ambalo limetolewa kwa sababu ya mazishi na vile hali ilivyo kwenye familia ya Mheshimiwa Shitanda. Kwa hivyo ni ombi letu kwa Wabunge wenzetu kuwa tukubaliane kuwa viongozi ama vinara wa Bunge wakuandikie barua kwamba kila Mbunge atoe Ksh5,000 ili ziweze kusaidia shughuli za mazishi, na kusaidia kama kuna lolote la kulipia hospitali ili familia ya Mheshimiwa Shitanda iweze kupata afueni. Mheshimiwa Spika hili ni ombi nzuri. Tunaliunga mkono na bila shaka Wabunge wenzetu watakubaliana nasi kama viongozi tumuandikie Mhe. Spika barua ya kumuwezesha kutoa Ksh5,000 kutoka kwa mshahara wa kila Mbunge. Ninatumaini kwamba ombi hilo limekuwa na Wabunge wenzangu.
Very well, let the leadership from both sides of the House do a joint letter to Hon. Speaker, showing that there is authority to do a check-off from each Member. Hon. Members, before we proceed, allow me to recognize students and pupils present in the House. In the Speaker’s Gallery are students from Jomo Kenyatta Girls High School from Nakuru County, Bahati Constituency. Sitting in the Public Gallery are students from St. Joseph Gitibori Mixed School, Embu County, Mbeere North Constituency; Kithaisyu Primary School from Kibwezi East Constituency, Makueni County, and Brook of Faith Academy from Turbo Constituency, Uasin Gishu County. You are all welcome to observe the proceedings of the National Assembly. Next Order!
On a point of order, Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman.
The Member for Gem, what is your point of order? It should not be frivolous because I will take very punitive measures against you. What is it?
Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman, I have been here for very many years and I have never seen a scenario where, while the Speaker is on his feet, somebody who should know better walks like a cattle rustler to his Chair!
Hon. Midiwo, you are out of order! I would not know the rustler you are talking about. That is un-parliamentary language. Do you wish to withdraw it?
On a point of order, Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman.
What is your point of order, the Leader of the Majority Party?
Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman, I want the Member to withdraw the term “cattle rustler”. There are many Members of this House who in one way or the other represent cattle rustlers and cattle. Secondly, is he in order to refer to you as walking like a cattle rustler?
I am sure he could not possibly imagine referring to another Speaker moving to the Chair. He is a seasoned politician and would not make that mistake. Hon. Midiwo, would you really want to make that mistake so that I can take my next step?
I deem it that you have withdrawn. We will proceed. Withdraw that term because it is un-parliamentary.
Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman, which particular part is wrong? I said “like a cattle rustler”.
Just withdraw. Whether you made a comparison or otherwise, there are no cattle rustlers here.
Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman, I did not call anyone a cattle rustler. I said like---
You cannot challenge the Chair!
Being the Member for rural Gem, the only gift we have is English. If it is offending you that my English is not understood, I withdraw and apologise.
That matter is now settled. We are discussing the Anti-Doping (Amendment) Bill. Hon. Members, you are aware that the House was recalled to discuss this Bill. The electronic version of the Official Hansard Report is for information purposesonly. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor.
There is an amendment from the Leader of the Majority Party.
On a point of order, Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman.
Hon. Birdi, what is it? What is your point of order?
Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman. My point of order is that there is no Order Paper. A few of us do not have it. I know the Leader of the Majority Party has the Order Paper on the basis of seniority and he expects us to walk upstairs and get it. I do not mind it but it is unfair because we always have the Order Paper when we walk in. It is not only me. There are many other people who do not have it.
For the members who do not have the Order Paper, you are actually being given right now. I can see they are being distributed and so, that is not a matter that we should dwell too much on. Leader of the Majority Party, proceed.
Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman, I beg to move:- THAT, Clause 5 of the Bill be amended in paragraph (ud) by inserting the word “program” immediately after the word ‘System”. It is just a small change. Paragraph (ud) reads: “Implement the anti-doping administration and management systems”
After the amendment it will read: “Implement the anti-doping administration and management program systems”
I will give two members a chance. Let me start with Hon. Maanzo, the former Secretary of Sports.
On a point of order, Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman.
What is your point of order?
Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman. A point of order takes precedence. Why I am rising on this is that it has been the practise and tradition that when an amendment has been proposed, we need to be told the import of that particular amendment, particularly on this matter that we are supposed to go as par the requirements of the World Anti- Doping Agency (WADA). So, can the Leader of the Majority Party, at least, substantiate and explain to the members the import and gist of this amendment before we debate?
I thought the Leader of the Majority Party did that. First, let us hear the former Sports Secretary, who is the Member for Makueni.
I said in the morning that I worked for this Ministry and I am familiar with what happens internationally. This is just pure English and the word “program” is inserted so that it incorporates any Information Technology (IT) system used. It is simply informative. It The electronic version of the Official Hansard Report is for information purposesonly. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor.
just informs so that we do not leave anything that is not taken care of considering that there are information systems and that information can be stored in that particular system in form of a program. It is just simply English.
I can see Hon. Wamalwa nodding. Now let us have the Member for Matungu.
Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman. I also support the amendment. I wanted to offer that explanation but Hon. Maanzo has done it quite well.
Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman, I beg to move:- THAT, the Bill be amended by deleting Clause 9 and substituting therefor the following ― 9. Section 27 of the principal Act is amended ― (a) by deleting subsection (4); (b) in subsection (6)(a) by deleting the words “Athlete Testing Program” and substituting therefor the words “anti-doping program of the Agency”.
I want Hon. Chris to listen to me because I usually explain. I do not believe in shortcuts. The amendment seeks to delete Section 27 (4) of the Act. So, if you have the Act that we passed on 19th April, 2016, you will understand what we are doing. This is because Section 27(4) makes reference to Section 26 which has been repealed by this Bill. So, we are just trying to realign because this amendment is repealing a certain section of the Act that we passed, the Anti-Doping Act.
That is very well explained.
I will give the first chance to Hon. Were, the Chair of the Departmental Committee on Labour and Social Welfare.
I support what has been proposed by Hon. Duale. If you look at the two amendments that appear there, you will find that Part (b) is actually what was already in the Bill, which was explained in the morning. So, the only change is the deletion of subsection (4). I support.
I will give another opportunity to the Member for Kisumu East.
Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman, I am sorry. I had pressed my intervention on the earlier amendment. I have no objection on this one. The electronic version of the Official Hansard Report is for information purposesonly. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor.
Let us have Hon. Mlolwa, the Member for Voi. Do you want to speak on this amendment?
No, but I support the amendment.
Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman, I beg to move:- THAT, Clause 14 of the Bill be amended by deleting paragraph (a) and substituting therefor the following ― (a) in subsection (5) by ― (i) deleting the expression “in section 26 ” appearing in the introductory portion and substituting therefor the words “under this Act”; (ii) deleting the expression “subsection (4)” appearing in the proviso and substituting therefor the expression “sub-section (6)”.
The rationale for this is that the Bill be amended in Clause 14 by inserting a new paragraph that seeks to delete the expression in Section 26 appearing in the introductory portion and substituting therefor the words “under this Act”. You have to refer to the Act that we passed.
I will give a chance to two members. We will start with Hon. Oyoo, the Member for Muhoroni.
Thank you very much, Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman. I support the amendment. I wish to inform the House that I am a Member of the Departmental Committee on Labour and Social Welfare which considered this Bill. I also want to inform the House that this amendment has brought the Bill in tandem with the requirements of WADA, going by our deliberations this morning. So, I support.
Let us hear Hon. M’eruaki.
Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman. I also rise to support this amendment as it will make us compliant as per the wishes of WADA. Thank you.
Hon. Members, ordinarily we give opportunity to two Members, but because this is the last clause of the Bill, I want to give opportunity to four additional Members. I will start with the Member for Kaiti. Be brief. The electronic version of the Official Hansard Report is for information purposesonly. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor.
Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman. I rise to support the amendment as proposed by the Leader of the Majority Party, Hon. Duale.
Let us hear the Member for Nyaribari Masaba, Hon. Moindi.
Thank you for the opportunity. I am a Member of the Committee and we have gone through these amendments and unanimously approved them. I support.
Hon. Gaichuhie, the Member for Subukia, you have the Floor.
Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman. I want to support the amendment. I want to assure the world that Kenya is very much against doping and that is why we support this Act. Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman.
Hon. Manoti, the Member for Bobasi.
Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman. I also join my colleagues in supporting the amendment. Thank you for the opportunity.
That marks the end of our consideration of this Bill. Let us have the Mover to move for reporting.
Hon. Temporary Deputy Chairman, I beg to move that the Committee doth report to the House its consideration of the Anti-Doping (Amendment) Bill and its approval thereof with amendments.
(Hon. (Ms.) Mbalu): Order, Members! Can we have the Chairperson to report to the House?
Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker, I beg to report that a Committee of the whole House has considered the Anti-Doping (Amendment) Bill and approved the same with amendments.
(Hon. (Ms.) Mbalu): The Mover, you have the Floor.
Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker, I beg to move that the House doth agree with the Committee in the said report. I ask the Chair of the Departmental Committee on Labour and Social Welfare, Hon. Were, to second.
Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker, I second. It has been a long journey and we are happy that in the second phase, we are passing this Bill as agreed with WADA. I want to assure all Kenyan sportsmen that now they should train with confidence knowing that the Olympic Games are right on the way. Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker.
(Hon. (Ms.) Mbalu): Let us have the Mover of the Bill.
Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker, I beg to move that the Anti-Doping (Amendment) Bill be now read the Third Time. I request Hon. Were to second.
Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker, I second. Thank you.
(Hon. (Ms.) Mbalu): Hon. Members, I know today was a very special day. Before I put the Question, I will give an opportunity to a few Members to make a comment on the Bill given its importance. I will start with Hon. Chrisantus Wamalwa.
Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker. I want to take this opportunity to thank the House for passing this important Bill. Again, I want it to go on record that Parliament never mutilated this Bill. I looked at the amendments and they are the same. It is high time that the Office of the Attorney-General pulled up its socks. The issue of contradictions of WADA’s requirements came from that office. This House did the honourable thing and we passed the Bill the way it was. So, it is very critical for the Kenyan people to know that the National Assembly exercised its mandate accordingly. We did not mess up at any given time. This is the time we are calling upon the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, next time they should pay attention to the details. I want to thank those who have contributed to this Bill as we know sports are very critical in this country. We know that athletes have added a lot of value to this country The electronic version of the Official Hansard Report is for information purposesonly. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor.
in terms of marketing and being the ambassadors of this country. It is the highest time to assure our sportspeople particularly the youth that we have their interest at heart. I want to thank everyone for the support. I thank you.
(Hon. (Ms.) Mbalu): Thank you, Hon. Chrisantus Wamalwa. Before we go to the Leader of the Majority Party, Hon. Members, I am reminded to clarify the proper pronunciation of a school that is visiting the National Assembly. It is not “Kithaisyu” Primary School but “Kithasyu” Primary School from Makueni County, Kibwezi East Constituency. The pupils are seated in the Public Gallery courtesy of Hon. Jessicah Mbalu.
Yes, the Leader of the Majority Party.
Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker, I want to congratulate all the students who have come to Parliament courtesy of our substantive Speaker and Member for Kibwezi East who was very much respected. Karibuni. Under the Standing Orders, there is no way you can invite the Deputy Minority Whip when the Leader of the Majority Party is here. However, because Hon. Chrisantus Wamalwa is a good friend of mine, I can allow him to speak before me. I want to thank the 11th Parliament and colleagues who have come all the way from their recess for this Special Sitting. I am sure we came here under Article 95(4) so that we make sure that our sportsmen and sportswomen are not locked out. I want to go on record today that Kenya is the third country globally that has complied. But the question that begs is why Britain has not complied. The only country in Europe that has complied with this requirement is France and I think we are the only ones in Africa. But we are the only ones again who are being given a deadline. Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia are not being given the same deadline. The story behind that is because we are very great in sports and we have many enemies in the world. The people who always become Number 7, 8 and 9 in any race found out that the only way, however much they train and exercise, they can become Number 1, 2, 3 and 4 is to bar Kenyans from participating by introducing the Anti-Doping law. However, as the 11th Parliament, we are telling them all the tricks they want to use to bar Kenya will never succeed. The leadership of Parliament in both Houses is ready to perform its legislative functions. The Ministry of Sports, the Office of the Attorney-General (AG) and the Executive in general are ready. I am sure that this House and the Senate agreed not to do any amendments when we did the first law. We were domesticating an international law. Because we specifically came back today, on behalf of our sportsmen and sportswomen, I am sure that this will give them more motivation. It will also help our colleagues from constituencies where sportsmen and sportswomen come from. I do not know why I cannot see the marathoner, the Member for Cherangany Constituency here. Even though he lost the Boston Marathon race about two months ago, he was number four. We assure him and his colleagues that we are back for a one-day Special Sitting for them. We thank the Speaker for allowing it. We thank the Office of the Clerk for making sure that this facilitation is done. We thank the Chairman and members of the Committee on Labour and Social Welfare, the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts, the Attorney-General’s Office, our Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Foreign Affairs and our diplomats who went all the way to The electronic version of the Official Hansard Report is for information purposesonly. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor.
Montreal and made sure that we succeeded. We also thank the President who called a crisis meeting and made sure that the interests of our sportsmen and sportswomen are taken care of. Thank you, colleagues. I am sure that you will not let down the people of the Republic of Kenya, who elected you. Any other time you are called upon to rise to an occasion like this one, please, do not hesitate. Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker. Thank you, students from Makueni County, specifically from the Hon. Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker’s Kibwezi East Constituency. Allow me to have a photo with them after this session.
(Hon. (Ms.) Mbalu): Thank you, Leader of the Majority Party. Hon. Duale, because I am the Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker, on behalf of the people of Kibwezi East Constituency, I am sure they are welcome. Hon. Members, we know what we do during the Third Reading. I need not remind you of the purpose for which we are here today. We are just making comments on this Bill. Member for Kipipiri Constituency!
Nakushukuru sana kwa kunipa nafasi hii, Mhe. Naibu Spika wa Muda. Nina furaha tumeweza kuupitisha Mswada huu ulioletwa Bungeni leo kupitia kikao hiki spesheli. Tuna wanariadha au wakimbiaji na wanamichezo wengi kule Kipipiri. Walikuwa wameanza kupata wasiwasi kuwa huenda nchi yetu isipewe nafasi ya kwenda kwa nashindano ya Olimpiki. Tukiangalia yale yamefanyika kuhusiana na hii sheria, ni kweli kuwa Kenya inaonewa na mataifa yale makubwa yasiyoamini kuwa nchi ndogo kiuchumi kama Kenya inaweza kuwa ikiongoza katika mashindano. Katika mashindanao ya dunia ya riadha yaliyopita, Kenya ilikuwa namba moja. Naona kama shida za Kenya zilianzia hapo. Kwa hivyo, tunawaomba World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) waache kuangalia Kenya kwa sababu ya ushindani wake. Tunastahili kutwikwa zawadi na medali na sio mambo ya kukimbizwa-kimbizwa. Mwishowe, inajulikana kuwa Kenya huchukua zaidi ya asilimia kubwa ya medali katika mbio za nyika.
(Hon. (Ms.) Mbalu): Hon. Member for Kipipiri, let us just make brief comments. We did the Second Reading. We are just making brief comments.
Nikimalizia, Kenya huchukua zaidi ya asilimia 90 ya medali katika ushindani wa mbio za nyika. Hiyo ndiyo inafanya tuonewe. Tunawambia wanariadha wetu wachukue nafasi hii watuletee medali kwa wingi katika kipindi cha mashindano yajayo.
(Hon. (Ms.) Mbalu): Thank you. It should just be a comment, Hon. Member for Seme Constituency.
Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker. I must also take this opportunity to express appreciation to our colleagues for coming back from recess to pass this law. We thank the Committee for the work they have done. As I said in the morning, there is something important that we need to know. It is the use of committee reports in the discussion of Bills. The Bill that was brought before us had one main purpose – to get a Bill that was compliant with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Convention Against Doping in Sports and the World Anti- Doping Agency (WADA). How is it possible that, that will come from the Executive without meeting the very requirements for which the whole Bill was intended? I accept what Hon. Were has said. The Committee Report was not brought to this House. We must, first of all, find out what happened. It has been costly to the country. It has embarrassed the country that people had The electronic version of the Official Hansard Report is for information purposesonly. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor.
to travel all the way to Montreal, Canada to correct that mistake and yet, that is what we started with. Having said that, it is also amazing to me that when the Committee went through all this, with the participation and the availability of clerks and lawyers in the Committee, we missed the very essence for which this Bill was intended. We must go back and look at our use of time and committee reports when we discuss Bills. Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker.
(Hon. (Ms.) Mbalu): Thank you. Let us have the Hon. Member for Kangundo. Hon. Katatha, do you want to speak on this one?
Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker. I rise to support this Bill because if our teams were barred from participating in the Olympics because of this Bill, it would have been very unfortunate for us. As Parliament, we have a duty to make sure that this Bill is passed so that our teams can have ample time to prepare for the Olympic Games. Once again, I support the Bill.
(Hon. (Ms.) Mbalu): Hon. Member for Meru County. Let us have three or fewer Members and then we do the necessary.
Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker. Let me also support this Bill, especially the process under which the Bill has been sorted out. We have seen Parliament at its best. It has moved with speed to ensure that this Bill comes to be. Now that this industry is going to be streamlined, I am going back to Meru County to encourage my sportsmen and sportswomen to come to it. This is the place to be. As a country, we have faced very many challenges. We have always overcome them because if God is for us, no one can be against us. With those remarks, I support.
(Hon. (Ms.) Mbalu): Is the representative of the people of Mt. Elgon Constituency in the House?
Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker. Let me join the queue to thank my colleagues in the Departmental Committee on Labour and Social Welfare for working tirelessly for two hours to ensure that this Bill comes out to be what WADA wanted. I also want to thank our colleagues in the House for accepting the position of the Committee together with that of the Executive that we pass this Bill with the amendments that have been brought without further amendments. Thank you.
(Hon. (Ms.) Mbalu): Hon. Members, allow me to recognise the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly.
Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker. Mine is just to congratulate this House for standing up to be counted. We are telling our athletes to continue making us proud. We all know that when we talk about sports, we are most united. We want to continue supporting sports in whichever way we can. We are compliant as a country. I want to tell all the athletes – and many of them happen to come from my side of the world - to keep up the good work. We are here as Kenyans and as parliamentarians to give them all the support we can. Thank you. The electronic version of the Official Hansard Report is for information purposesonly. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor.
(Hon. (Ms.) Mbalu): Thank you, Hon. Deputy Speaker. We appreciate your support for the athletes, especially from your own county. Hon. Member for Saku.
Thank you very much, Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker, for giving me this opportunity. Kenya is a very important country in the international system. That is why we must comply with international standards. Secondly, the importance of athletes and sports cannot be gainsaid in Kenya. Finally, there is no shortcut for Kenya to participate in any sports internationally. That is why this Bill is very important. I support it.
(Hon. (Ms.) Mbalu): Hon. Members, I have 29 requests. This was a Special Sitting. Using Standing Order No.1, I will use my discretion to give a chance to one more Member before I put the Question. Hon. Francis Nyenze.
Thank you, Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker. I want to support this Bill. Kenya is a sporting nation. It is recognised worldwide for its sportsmen and sportswomen. When we talk about doping, it disturbs us. I want to thank the Committee for the good work it has done. The athletes from this country have been better ambassadors than all the other ambassadors we have ever had. We should do the best we can to support the athletes who have brought a lot of respect to this country throughout the world. Whenever there are competitions especially on athletics, I always look at the screen and I am always very sure that for the long distance runners, it would be either Kenya or Ethiopia. While supporting this Bill without amendments, we have to make sure that we fight doping with all the necessary rules and discourage it. If it comes by the way of coaches, whoever does it should never be allowed to set foot in Kenya. I finish by saying that Kenyan athletes, and especially someone like Conjestina Achieng, have brought glory to this country. They are suffering. Let us look for ways of rehabilitating them and trying to make their lives easier. With those few remarks, I support.
(Hon. (Ms.) Mbalu): Hon. Members, I want to confirm that we have the requisite quorum for the purpose of making a decision.
Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker, I beg to move the following Motion:- THAT, pursuant to the provisions of Section 43(4) of the National Government Constituencies Development Fund Act, 2015, this House approves the nominees listed hereunder to the respective Constituency Committees of the National Government Constituency Development Fund– The electronic version of the Official Hansard Report is for information purposesonly. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor.
Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker, I want to use this opportunity to thank the Chairman for working tirelessly to make sure the list of nominees to these constituency committees goes through. In the few days that the Constituencies Development Fund (CDF) has delayed, many people have cried about bursaries for the needy. We are very grateful and I support. I second the Motion.
Put the Question!
(Hon. (Ms.) Mbalu): Is that the mood of the House? Let me hear what is out of order before I put the Question. Is there anything out of order?
Hon. Members, it is important to listen. Order, Members! Hon. Jakoyo has not spoken today. Being a Special Sitting, can I hear him? Please, stick to the approval of the nominees to the constituency committees.
Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker, I did not know that everybody had to speak today. Being on a point of order does not mean that something is out of order. Since we are on this topic, so much time has been lost in the hullaballoo of CDF. Before you put the Question, could the Chair tell us if he has any information on when the constituencies, whose nominees to the constituency committees have been gazetted, will have their money in their accounts? We are at the end of the financial year. Hon. Millie may wish to withdraw her objection since I am perfectly in order. Would I be in order to challenge the Chair to inform us?
(Hon. (Ms.) Mbalu): Thank you, Hon. Midiwo. Your point of order was procedural. You have raised an important issue. I need to give the Chair an opportunity to respond and clarify the same given the interest of the House.
Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker, I want to respond to the point of order raised by Hon. Jakoyo. Hon. Jakoyo and his team have been very busy around University Way. A few issues needed to be done for them to get money in their accounts. One of those is to properly constitute the constituency committee by electing officials, namely, the Chairman and the signatories to the accounts. I wish they could do it by next Monday. If they would postpone their demonstrations, so that they can be in their constituencies to do the same, they can get the money. I am informed that they have postponed their demonstrations.
(Hon. (Ms.) Mbalu): Just respond to the question.
Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker, it is a process. They need to elect officials. Those committees whose nominees were gazetted need to elect officials and signatories to the accounts and communicate that to the CDF Board. I am aware that the CDF Board has adequate resources and funds. The National Treasury has done a wonderful job. As at today, out of the Kshs35 billion allocated to the CDF this financial year, Kshs32 billion has been dispersed to the CDF Board. It can only be a problem in a specific constituency.
(Hon. (Ms.) Mbalu): Just be brief to the point, please.
Hon. Temporary Deputy Speaker, I am explaining that if a constituency does not have CDF money, it has to be a resident problem within that constituency. I am willing to bring specifics of each constituency which does not have any money, if required.
(Hon. (Ms.) Mbalu): Thank you for the response. Nothing was out of order. The confirmation was important. I will not allow any other comment on the same issue since it was not on the Order Paper. Is it still the mood of the House that I put the Question?
Put the Question!
(Hon. (Ms.) Mbalu): Order Members. There being no other business in our Order Paper for Thursday 26th May 2016, we close the business of the day. The electronic version of the Official Hansard Report is for information purposesonly. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor.
I need to remind the House that there will be a National Prayer Breakfast on 3rd June 2016 at the Safari Park Hotel. Please, be reminded.
On behalf of the Speaker’s Panel, allow me to thank you for coming today. I wish you a nice stay in your constituencies and a good recess. Let us pray for one another.
(Hon. (Ms.) Mbalu): Hon. Members, the time being 3.42 p.m. the House stands adjourned until Tuesday 7th June 2016 at 2.30 p.m.
The House rose at 3.42 p.m.