Order, Hon. Senators! Could we confirm if we have a quorum?
Mr. Speaker, Sir, we have 22 Senators in the House. Yes, we have a quorum.
What is it, Sen. (Dr.) Khalwale?
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, Sir. I rise to seek direction from the Chair on a matter that is rapidly gaining currency in the court of public opinion in this country; namely, the fate of the devolved government and devolution. Mr. Speaker, Sir, before I seek that direction, allow me to refer to Article 153(3) and (4)(b) of the Constitution which states as follows:- “A Cabinet Secretary shall attend before a committee of the National Assembly, or the Senate, when required by the committee, and answer any question concerning a matter for which the Cabinet Secretary is responsible. (4) Cabinet Secretaries shall – (b) provide Parliament with full and regular reports concerning matters under their control.” Mr. Speaker, Sir, I wish, therefore, to request you to consider directing the Cabinet Secretary in charge of Devolution and Planning to appear in person before the Committee of the Whole of the Senate to make the following clarifications; namely:- The electronic version of the Senate Hansard Report is for information purposes only. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor, Senate.
Mr. Speaker, Sir, while I appreciate the request for clarification from my colleague, Sen. (Dr.) Khalwale, I think the issues he is raising are important. But I am just wondering whether when the two Houses have an issue between each other or when we have concerns over the conduct of Members of the National Assembly, whether it is within the jurisdiction of a Cabinet Secretary to give directions on such matters. This is because any legislature can act at its own behest or with the direction of the national Executive. I do not think the first two issues are good for our relationship with the National Assembly. We have better political ways and internal mechanisms within Parliament to deal with the matters of the National Assembly. I have no problem with his questions in parts (4) and (5) because they fall within the jurisdiction of the Cabinet Secretaries in charge of Devolution and the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government, respectively. So, he can request for both Cabinet Secretaries to be here. But on the first two issues, I do not think it represents this House properly if we were to seek directions from the Executive.
Thank you for that intervention, Sen. Murkomen. But I thought also by being the Chair of the Devolved Government Committee, you may wish to let the House know how you will proceed with the other requests that you find proper?
Mr. Speaker, Sir, in terms of the other issues, I have a feeling that Sen. (Dr.) Khalwale would like the physical presence of the Ministers more than getting the answers because we canvassed for some of them the last time he raised the same issues. So, because he was asking for directions from you, I felt as though he wanted to bypass the normal procedure of dealing through the Committees and relevant Committee Chairs for the purposes of giving a chance to the Cabinet Secretary to appear before him directly. But should he want the answers, we have them.
Mr. Speaker, Sir, I want to agree with Sen. Murkomen and, at the same time to also correct him that when I rose on this point of order, I was not rising under Standing Order No.43(2)(c). I am aware of its existence. Here, I am raising a matter of constitutional implications. Article 153(3) of the Constitution provides that any Cabinet Secretary can appear before a Committee of any of the Houses. The hon. Senator The electronic version of the Senate Hansard Report is for information purposes only. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor, Senate.
Order, Sen. (Dr.) Khalwale! I do not think the Chairman attempted to answer it; he actually answered it.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, Sir, for the correction. English Language is my second language.
Mr. Speaker, Sir, two days after the Chairman ably answered it, the President reversed it on 1st June. This immediately taught me that it will be dangerous in this House if we shall be allowing Chairs to attempt to respond on behalf of the Government. It should become our practice that before a Chair attempts to respond to any Statement raised here, they should come here armed with a signed statement from the respective department, so that in future when issues of implementation arise, we can then hold the Cabinet Secretary and the Government responsible for the same. Mr. Speaker, Sir, I brought this before you to consider the constitutionality of the matter. The matter is so grave that some people are attempting to take us 50 years back, when the Senate was crushed. It is only fair that we ask the Cabinet Secretary responsible to come here and speak to it.
Mr. Speaker, Sir, I know you will give directions with regard to the first two issues raised by the hon. Senator. As I said, it looks to me like it is not within the jurisdiction of the Executive. On the issue of Provincial Administration, I would invite my brother to go back to the HANSARD, because I was very clear. I said that nothing contradicts what the President did. I said that the matter of co-ordination of national Government is still within the jurisdiction of the Government. I even went ahead and said there is a legislation called the National Government Co-ordination Act which actually does not recognize provinces. So, when the President did what he did, it was just to remove the PCs because there are no provinces. There are only counties which are already recognized under the Act. In fact, I even went further and said that there is a Motion by our brother and a Member of this House, Sen. Orengo, which proposes that, perhaps, we need to review that Act. So, it is not a question of whether or not there is any inconsistency in my answer and the act of the President. Indeed, the only additional issue that my brother is raising is whether a national government asset can be transferred to county governments. There is a procedure for doing that under the Transition to County Government Act. We can look for further discussion as to the sharing of the assets which are the offices they were using. But remember that those are still assets of the national Government. So, the question as to whether Provincial Administration offices initially will be used by counties is a question of transfer of assets. The substances of the structures of the Government are provided for under that Act of Parliament. Probably, that is why Sen. Orengo came up with the other Motion. The electronic version of the Senate Hansard Report is for information purposes only. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor, Senate.
Before I give the Floor to Sen. Ong’era, I just want to remind Sen. Murkomen that Article 88(6) states:- “A senator shall refer to other Senators by their title “Senator” and then the name of that Senator.” So, the Senator for Kakamega is not your brother.
Okay, Mr. Speaker, Sir.
He is Sen. (Dr.) Khalwale.
Mr. Speaker, Sir, I am most obliged.
You also do not impute improper motives on the Senator. He made a request and it will be determined in the most appropriate manner. Yes, Sen. Ongera?
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, Sir. I want to support the sentiments as expressed by the Senator for Kakamega. I think the issues he has raised and the request he has made is properly before you. As you know, this Senate has the right to call any Cabinet Secretary on any issue that can be discussed and noted. We have the inherent jurisdiction. Therefore, I want to support what the Senator for Kakamega has requested. I think it is within your powers that we should summon the Cabinet Secretary to answer some of those questions that we have asked and which are of great national value right now. Mr. Speaker, Sir, I also want to add that, on a light touch, that the Media be requested to cover all of us. It seems to be covering only this corner of the House. So, the Senators who sit on that side and this side are never seen. People may never know what we are contributing.
What is it, Senate Majority Leader?
(Sen. (Prof.) Kindiki): Mr. Speaker, Sir, I want to agree with those Senators who have spoken because it is quite in order for this House to demand audience with Cabinet Secretaries. In any way, I do not think that is intrusive or inappropriate. But I stand to seek a clarification on whether it is proper to refer to a Senator as a brother or not. You said that we should not refer to Sen. (Dr.) Khalwale as our “brother”. But I was wondering whether it would be proper to call him Brother The electronic version of the Senate Hansard Report is for information purposes only. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor, Senate.
Hon. Senators, first, I want the rest of you to appreciate that Sen. (Dr.) Khalwale has ambushed the House. While I concede that he has raised fundamental issues, the Chair should have been privy to them before he could make a statement. So, on that basis, I will not be able to deal with this matter until I see the written request so that I will be able to dispose of it appropriately. But the preliminary ones, as Sen. Murkomen has already established, supported by the Senate Majority Leader, is that according to our Standing Orders and the constitutional arrangements, the Cabinet Secretary can only appear before a Committee and Sen. (Dr.) Khalwale may just be satisfied. I appreciate the other day, maybe, he was withdrawn from Committees. So, I could appreciate the motivation for the whole House. The whole House really means the Plenary. Since the Cabinet Secretaries are not allowed to sit in Parliament; that would be a bit difficult. But you can request your good neighbour, Sen. Murkomen who is the Chairman of the Devolved Government Committee, to do the invitation and invite you too to interact with the Cabinet Secretary. I also want to really advise the House - I thought Sen. (Dr.) Khalwale would provide leadership here since he knows it - it is always good to approach the Speaker in his Chambers and he will grant your wish when he has known the issues you are willing to canvass. But that does not take away the request. However, procedures are important in the way we conduct our Business. So, I hope you will be advised. So, as soon as I get your written request, Sen. (Dr.) Khalwale, I will consider it. I also have a Communication to make which is related to some of the issues you have raised. Before I do so, I also want to remind you that Standing Order No.88 seems to be a very nice one. It is on Contents of Speeches. Standing Order No.88(5) states:- “It shall be out of order for a Senator to criticize or call to question, the proceedings in the National Assembly, a County Assembly or the Speaker’s Ruling in the National Assembly but any debate may be allowed on the structures and roles of County Assemblies or the National Assembly.” So, let us really bear that in mind because this is a House of dignity. This is a House that operates on rules and we must maintain so for all the obvious reasons that we have stated previously. The electronic version of the Senate Hansard Report is for information purposes only. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor, Senate.
Hon. Senators, I have the following Communication to make on the Division of Revenue Bill, 2013. This is just an update. As hon. Senators are aware, on the 13th May, 2013, a Message was received from the National Assembly seeking the concurrence of the Senate to the Division--- What is it?
Sergeant-at-Arms, can you find out? In the meantime, I will try to be a bit louder. As hon. Senators are aware, on the 13th May, 2013, a Message was received from the National Assembly seeking the concurrence of the Senate on the Division of Revenue Bill, 2013, as passed by the National Assembly on 9th May, 2013. This Bill was passed by the Senate with amendments on 23rd May, 2013. Following the passage of the Bill by the Senate, by a letter dated 24th May, 2013, to the Clerk of the National Assembly, the Clerk of the Senate forwarded a Message from the Senate seeking the concurrence of the National Assembly on the amendments made by the Senate to the Bill. The National Assembly, at a sitting held on Thursday, 6th June, 2013, deliberated on the Senate amendments to the Division of Revenue Bill, 2013, and in the end, the Assembly resolved to refer the Bill to his Excellency the President for assent. Hon. Senators, as you are aware, the action taken by the National Assembly on the Division of Revenue Bill, 2013, is unconstitutional and is not founded in any provision of law.
I, therefore, found it necessary and urgent to bring this matter to the attention of His Excellency the President which I did by a letter to the President dated 7th June, 2013. In the letter, I informed the President that the action taken by the National Assembly does not accord with Article 112 of the Constitution and part 19, Roman, of the Senate Standing Orders as well as Part XIX of the National Assembly’s own Standing Orders which provide for the manner in which a Bill which originates in one House is to be dealt with by the other House, and how the originating House is to deal with the Bill once it is returned by the other House. But a reading of these provisions indicates that where the other House – in this case the Senate – passes the Bill in an amended form, the originating House has the following two options. (a) To pass the Bill as amended following which the Speaker of that House shall refer the Bill to the President within seven days for assent. That is if the National Assembly accepted our Bill as we sent it to them; that is the only way they can send it to the President for assent. The electronic version of the Senate Hansard Report is for information purposes only. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor, Senate.
What is it, Sen. (Dr.) Khalwale?
Mr. Speaker, Sir, as I agree with you, and applaud your Communication, it is continuously becoming very embarrassing, especially in public; when we greet members of the public, they tell us: “You people should stop quarrelling and fighting with the National Assembly.” It is good that you have written to His Excellency the President. I hope that he will uphold the Constitution. But I would also urge you to also approach Hon. Justin Muturi, as your colleague, so that these things are ironed out. The truth is some people might want to pretend this issue does not exist. But in life there is something called institutional memory. We know that at the National Assembly we do not have many people with institutional memory. Therefore, they are getting carried away by the fact that they are new and sometimes lost in what is going on. Mr. Speaker, Sir, given the kind of experience you had under the former Speaker, Hon. Marende, I urge you to find time to share your institutional knowledge with Hon. Muturi. I thank you, Mr. Speaker, Sir.
Chairman, Committee on Finance, Commerce and Economic Affairs.
Mr. Speaker, Sir, I also want to join the Senator for Kakamega County in applauding the Communication you have just made. With due regard to Article 113 of the Constitution that you have brought to our attention, from the perspective of the The electronic version of the Senate Hansard Report is for information purposes only. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor, Senate.
Brief comments from the Senate Majority Leader.
(Sen. (Prof.) Kindiki): I thank you, Mr. Speaker, Sir. I will be brief. First, I wish to applaud you, just as other hon. Senators who have stood here have done. I have listened to your Communication and every argument you have made is backed by provisions of the law. As the Senate, we have made our position very clear. The same clear position has come from both the Majority and Minority sides of this House because we do not believe this is a partisan issue. We agreed that we will stand united for the sake of the country on all constitutional and other issues that touch on the country. We have put in a lot of effort in advising the President. We are also under oath to protect the Constitution and assist the President to respect the law. We hope that he will find wisdom in following the law. The law is clear on this matter. What has happened is an event under Article 112(1)(c). That event has occurred, namely, a dispute concerning the contents of a Bill which had been considered by the two houses of Parliament. The only way out is a Mediation Committee. But assuming the law is not followed, we, as the Senate, want to restrain ourselves from being overly emotional or political because we have the goodwill of the country. I keep on repeating that out of the two houses of Parliament, we have not The electronic version of the Senate Hansard Report is for information purposes only. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor, Senate.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, Sir. I want to join my colleagues who have spoken on the matter and share with them their sentiments. Honestly, what we have witnessed the last few weeks, even before we went on recess with regard to the manner in which the National Assembly has handled matters not necessarily on the Division of Revenue Bill, but on matters that touch on the reputation of the august House has not been good. I want to thank my colleagues, particularly those from the Majority side, who have strongly come out to defend the integrity of the Senate. They have, not only said what belongs to us, but that this belongs to Kenyans. We, as leaders, must protect it. We share with you the Communication you have made this afternoon. We have a feeling that the President should not assent this Bill---
It is not a feeling, it is a demand!
Thank you for that. We demand that this Bill reverts back to this House so that a Mediation Committee is appointed as stipulated in the Constitution and ensure that institutions that work together like the National Assembly and the Senate co-exist harmoniously. My worry in particular is, we have a long way to go. This is not the first batch of parliamentarians who will see the inside of this House. They need to leave some good legacy. It worries me when I see the way the National Assembly behaves. Therefore, I support this request.
Mr. Speaker, Sir, first, let me set the ball rolling by commending you in the manner in which you have handled this matter. You have chosen the path of sobriety and fidelity to the Constitution. As a House, even the dignity we have in the country and the respect largely rests on the fact that, as our Speaker, you have come out to defend and protect the Constitution and this House. Secondly, I want to join the Senate Minority Leader in congratulating the Senate Majority Leader and Sen. Murkomen because they have come out in the media very well and soberly through articles and interviews. This has thrown a lot of light on this discussion. They have also shown that it is not a bipartisan affair, but a question of the Constitution. As we stand now, this is not a matter of the content, but of the process. If we get that wrong, as ably explained by the Attorney-General emeritus over the weekend, then we have undermined the constitutional authority of the Republic, the arrangements and dispersal of legislative power between the two Houses. Mr. Speaker, Sir, under the old Constitution, Parliament consisted of the National Assembly and the President. It was important that the two institutions worked together to enable Parliament do its work properly. Right now, Parliament consists of the Senate and the National Assembly. Indeed, even if an Act of Parliament does not pass through this House, that legislation will be called an “Act of Parliament”. It will not be called an “Act The electronic version of the Senate Hansard Report is for information purposes only. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor, Senate.
Correct! Kabisa !
So, we should follow the constitutional mechanism instead of us playing games outside the structure of the Constitution. Thank you, Mr. Speaker, Sir.
Sen. Murkomen, now that your name has been mentioned, proceed!
Mr. Speaker, Sir, I wish to thank Sen. Orengo for the compliments. This tells the whole world how this House is working in a bipartisan manner. I read in the book 48 Laws of Power ; Law 42 says that:- “Strike the Shepherd and the sheep will scatter.” Article 96(1) of the Constitution gives the Senate a very important responsibility. This Article states:- “The Senate represents the counties, and serves to protect the interests of the counties and their governments.” I used to ask myself the question: “Protect from whom?” I have now known from whom. The counties need to be protected from the National Government and the National Assembly. As the Senate, it is our responsibility to ensure that the right process is followed. I support your Communication because the right process of ensuring that the Senate is playing its role is important. It is also important that this nation understands what it is almost happening; that history is about to repeat itself. We all know that in the 1960s, under the leadership of the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, there was a crusade against Majimbo which basically was to ensure that you take away all the institutions that were protecting federalism. As soon as the Senate collapsed, Majimbo or federalism collapsed. When federalism collapsed, the Supreme Court also collapsed. So, this is not just an The electronic version of the Senate Hansard Report is for information purposes only. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor, Senate.
Senator Omar Hassan.
Mr. Speaker, Sir, I wish to commend your ruling and wisdom. This House has also, definitely, demonstrated the wisdom that it is capable of. In Islam, often times people think that Jihad or Martyrdom is the highest quest. But scholarship is the highest form of attainment. We are told in Islam that the ink of a scholar is greater than the blood of a martyr. So what we have done, in distinguishing ourselves from the National Assembly, is that we have constantly pursued the line of scholarship to try and demonstrate that we adhere to and understand the Constitution. Your rulings time and The electronic version of the Senate Hansard Report is for information purposes only. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor, Senate.
Mr. Speaker, Sir, I also join my colleagues in congratulating you. I want to say that you have, indeed, stood strong in the face of unfriendly fire. The matter we are facing now is not as obvious as it might seem. How did we get here? Is it possible that, that Bill was forwarded unintentionally by the National Assembly to the President for assent? The answer is, “It was not forwarded unintentionally or in good faith.” The procedures of Parliament are known to the leadership of the National Assembly. I wish to state unequivocally that this is a very important and defining moment for the Senate. The way we handle this situation will in future define how the business of Parliament will be viewed and how the status of the Senate will be respected in the entire legislative system. This being a new House, this is a great test for us. I appreciate that some of our The electronic version of the Senate Hansard Report is for information purposes only. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor, Senate.
Mr. Speaker, Sir, I also want to join my colleagues in congratulating you on your ruling. It breaks my heart to keep discussing here issues between the two Houses. But it is important to plan in cases of conflict. That is why the Constitution envisaged the formation of the Mediation Committee with anticipation that this could happen. His Excellency the President, during the Joint Sitting of Parliament, repeatedly said that devolution is not an option for the Jubilee Government. I believe that he is of good will but there are a few elements who are out there to scandalize or to make sure that he looks bad in the eyes of the public. As we appeal to him, I want to urge him to make sure that he does not fall prey to these few elements that are against devolution, to be able to make the right decision for the people of Kenya. If he does that at this moment, then someone might wake up and say that the Senate does not need to sit, and that we can sit once a year. We must protect the dignity of this House. I want to quote what the Senator for Meru County says all the time that: “A lion need not announce that it has reached where you are. You just need to see it and you run away.” The dignity of this House is under siege. Even outside Parliament Buildings, where people are demonstrating by carrying heads of pigs, all this hon. Senators can walk there comfortably. It is not the same case with hon. Members of the National Assembly. We have been too civil until people are thinking that we are rained on. We need to affirm our presence. We need to tell the public that we are here to do what the Constitution mandates us. The roles of both houses have been described in the Constitution. That does not take away what has been described as the role of Parliament. It is a joint role. Mr. Speaker, Sir, we urge the President to make the right decision and uphold your ruling.
Hon. Senators, this is unusual. I will give the Senator for Busia County a chance to be heard.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker, Sir, for giving me this opportunity. First, let me thank you for your ruling and the way you have led the Senate throughout this crisis. You have spoken. The Chairmen of the Committees on Finance, Commerce and The electronic version of the Senate Hansard Report is for information purposes only. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor, Senate.
Thank you Mr. Speaker, Sir. Sometimes it is very difficult to speak after the very eloquent and experienced Attorney-General Emeritus . However, I would like to make three comments. First, I would like to join my colleagues in congratulating you in the manner in which you have led us and the response you have taken regarding this matter. Second, having served for a while in the Government; and considering that we have the former Attorney-General here with us, I know that the Government operates through consultations; sometimes, it worries me and I ask myself how such issues are allowed to reach a level so as to pit the President against devolution or against the National Assembly. This matter should have been deliberated on much earlier and the consequences of it noted much earlier and the necessary legal advice given to the President so that the matter is not today at the level of the President for him to decide whether to assent or not to assent. I, therefore, challenge the Office of the Attorney-General, the National Intelligence Service (NIS), who are even present at the National Assembly and at the Senate to advise the President.
On a point of order, Mr. Speaker, Sir. Is Senator (Dr.) Kuti in order to impute that some Senators here are Members of the NSIS?
Mr. Speaker, Sir, I did not talk about Senators. I talked about the House, and the House is not only occupied by Senators. Look around and you will see that.
Indeed, I agree with Senator Kuti. He did not talk about these Senators. He talked about some Members.
Mr. Speaker, Sir, this is a very critical point. It is about leadership. The President is the head of this country and the Government. There are various arms of Government. All arms of Government need to work together in harmony so as to serve the country. They should not be jostling or chest-thumping. There should be a system to solve such matters before they get to the critical level so that they do not get to a point where the President is being looked upon to decide in favour of either this way or the other way. The same issue is happening at the Parliament Buildings. Why should we reach a point when blood is being poured outside the gates of Parliament? There seems to be The electronic version of the Senate Hansard Report is for information purposes only. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor, Senate.
On a point of information, Mr. Speaker, Sir.
Mr. Speaker, Sir, I just want to complete.
That is for you.
Mr. Speaker, Sir, I want to inform the hon. Senator for Isiolo that based on analysis done by the Parliamentary Budget Office which is incidentally the same office of the Economics and Research shared by the National Assembly that up to 18 counties will face a deficit of up to Kshs28 billion. In other words, 18 counties will not provide services which have been devolved to the counties. For example, Nyeri County will face a deficit of up to Kshs3.5 billion, Nairobi, up to Kshs7 billion and Mombasa over Kshs2 billion in providing services they were providing before. So, you can imagine what will happen if the Kshs48 billion is not provided.
Thank you for the information. It is important that the nation quite understands that this is a serious House and we really appreciate the serious leadership that you have shown. We are not just competing for power and space. It is genuine service that we would like to render. I think that this jostling must come to an end very quickly and the country should have a direction as quickly as possible because all these sideshows will distract us.
Mr. Speaker, Sir, I want to start by congratulating you for the manner in which you have handled this process. It has been very sober and I think that you have done the right things at every stage, and we are making good progress. But I also want to thank the Senators for the unity of purpose that they have shown in handling this matter. At least, we have shown this nation that when it comes to pertinent issues affecting our mandate, we are not going to allow political affiliations, ethnicity or other petty issues to divide us. We have handled this matter in a very sober way and maturely. We are all speaking with one voice. Mr. Speaker, Sir, I want everybody to recall that this system was attempted just after Independence. It is one thing to accept that we are going to have devolution, but it is yet another to ensure that we provide that system with the kind of structures and adequate funding that ensures that it takes root. I am afraid that if this is allowed, then we are sending a very mixed signal to this public, that for the second time, this nation is making The electronic version of the Senate Hansard Report is for information purposes only. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor, Senate.
Mr. Speaker, Sir, it is because I found that argument almost hilarious; to state that the only reason they are supreme is because they are more and we are few. Mr. Speaker, Sir, I want to conclude by stating that as the Senate, we are behind your actions. If we want to make any other statements contrary to what has been taken here, I urge all Senators to refrain, so that we sustain what we have established. Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker, Sir.
On a point of order, Mr. Speaker, Sir. There is no other moment to bring up this. Despite your statement and what this House has said in the last 40 minutes, I understand that the Division of Revenue Bill has been assented to. That now puts us in a very difficult situation. I just wanted to give that information. We may want to adjourn and go into a Kamukunji or something like that.
On a point of order, Mr. Speaker, Sir. The rules of debate require that when a Member makes this kind of disclosure, he substantiates. Could Sen. Orengo substantiate what he is talking about?
Mr. Speaker, Sir, the Speaker, in the normal way of the National Assembly, has already made a Statement to the National Assembly that the Bill has been assented to. So, it is not speculation but the truth. Mr. Speaker, Sir, I do not know whether I will be in order, but under your guidance, I really think that we should adjourn the business of the House and go into a Kamukunji, because it means that everything that we are discussing here may have no consequence, so that from now on we will know how to handle this kind of thing. So, without wasting time – I stand guided – I want to move that the House adjourns and we go into a Kamukunji, under your Chairmanship, and see what to do in the circumstances.
Mr. Speaker, Sir, under Standing Order No.31 and for the reasons that I have already stated while seeking your direction, I formally move that the House do adjourn for the purpose of discussing this issue in a Kamukunji. This adjournment is only to the next sitting day, which is tomorrow morning. Mr. Speaker, Sir, I will ask Sen. Murkomen to second as required.
Mr. Speaker, Sir, it is with deep sorrow that I received the news that our President has signed the Bill. Since the Speaker of the National Assembly made it formally, I have no reasons to doubt. Even if there is any doubt, then it can be confirmed in the Kamukunji that is proposed by Sen. Orengo. Mr. Speaker, Sir, as Sen. Orengo and Sen. Wako said – and I agree – we have no business being Senators if we have no business to do with allocation of resources to our counties. Permit me to say this with great humility. I have said it before in this House that there is a possibility that the greatest threat to devolution is ignorance. I think that this ignorance permeates all sectors of public service, including the legislative sector. It is our responsibility – and personally I consider it my responsibility – to assist the President of the Republic of Kenya to understand the position and role of this House. If we do not get this one right, there is no business for us being here. I think that there is a deliberate scheme and conspiracy of certain institutions, as I said in my Press statement, to ensure that the Senate is discarded and that we do not play any role when it comes to important matters. In fact, while other Majority Leaders are being consulted on hourly basis, from my own sources, I do not think that our Majority Leader is even being consulted because there is a general belief that this is just a mere appendage in the institutions that are provided in the Constitution of this country.
Senator Haji, why did you not run for the position of Member of Parliament of Mbalambala?
If this be the case, Sen. Haji, somebody somewhere is questioning why you did not run for the position of Member of Parliament somewhere in Mbalambala and instead ran for Senator. He is putting into doubt the fact that you ran in more than four constituencies and saying that you are just a useless appendage. Mr. Speaker, Sir, let us go for this Kamukunji, so that we can say certain things outside the Press. We will be freer. When I walked out, I consulted with the Chair of Council of Governors and there is a feeling that we should meet before tomorrow noon. So, it is important that we go for that Kamukunji and agree on these issues. Mr. Speaker, Sir, I second Sen. Orengo’s statement.
Just put the question!