Gikuyu Council of Elders under Kiama Kia-Ma Supreme Council yesterday urged Deputy President William Ruto and his allies to stop being power-hungry and support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s development agenda.
The elders, addressing the press in Nairobi, accused a section of leaders in the government of being greedy and only concentrating on 2022 instead of joining forces with the president to fight the Covid-19 pandemic and corruption in the country.
“We do not want to be divided, we have seen the effort President Uhuru Kenyatta is making to deliver services to our people, and expect every leader to join him in this work,” Muthamaki Kariuki wa Kibui said.
Kibui said lack of ethical leadership among leaders who openly disrespect and abuse others were uncalled for.
On July 8, 2020, a group of political bigwigs from the Central Kenya region staged a “political lunch” meeting in Nairobi to “offer support” to new Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Amos Kimunya.
On constitutional reforms, the elders supported it provided it guarantees peace and improvement of livelihoods and basic freedom.
“We support equity reforms that will provide equity in leadership at national and county level, and in sharing of national and local resources,” he said.
Meanwhile, the elders hinted the rite of passage in the Gikuyu land would be suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as they sought an audience with the Health ministry on protocols and guidelines to be followed.
The council said with the school calendar suspended where boys undergo circumcision after undertaking the Kenya Certificate of Primary Examination (KCPE), the exercise was at stake.
“Following discussions, we have decided to engage the Health CS Mutahi Kagwe to provide guidelines and protocols for the organised rite of passage, so that we, as traditional leaders, continue with the rite,” said Muthamaki Kariuki wa Kabui.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has given Senate Leader of the Majority a three-day deadline to mobilise support for a new revenue sharing formula for counties.
Straight from the State House meeting during which five Bills were signed into law, Senate Leader of Majority Samuel Poghisio wrote to the Speaker Ken Lusaka requesting a special sitting to consider and approve a report of the Standing Committee on Finance and Budget “without delay.”
The President, and ODM leader Raila Odinga, are said to be concerned with the continued failure by Senate to obtain consensus on the matter, despite missing the constitutional deadline of June 30.
Without the sharing formula, the Sh316.5 billion allocated to counties in the current financial year cannot be shared among the 47 devolved units. Article 217 (1) of the Constitution mandates Senate to determine the formula once every five years.
“I therefore write to request you to invoke Standing Order No.1 as read with Standing Order No.30 (1) to approve a Special Sitting of the Senate on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 2:30pm to receive and consider the report of the Standing Committee on Finance and Budget on the Third Basis for Allocating Among Counties the Share of National Revenue,” Poghisio’s letter to Lusaka reads.
Poghisio attached a schedule indicating the support of Senators to his request.
During the State House meeting, sources said that the President expressed his displeasure with Senate leadership for not ending the stalemate. Earlier, senate’s finance committee headed by Senator (Amb) Mohamed Maalim Mohamud failed to agree of the formula before he was de-whipped. Senators from the counties set to loose in a new revenue sharing formula have also opposed the proposals.
“This formula is being determined outside Parliament. The law states that if there is no resolution, then the existing formula is still valid. I think something is being done somewhere and I will accept our counties to be marginalised. We have had long history of marginalisation,” Mahamud said earlier this week.
Several proposals floated by Senators on how the Commission for Revenue Allocation (CRA) formula can be improved have all ended in a stalemate.
The latest proposal agreed on by the Standing Committee on Finance and Budget on Tuesday seeks to temporarily retain the current revenue sharing formula for a year.
“The Government has made several concessions to those aggrieved to this formula. Initially, the formula would have caused some counties to lose money if implemented this financial year. The government understands this would have caused great hardships. Again, government does not want any Senator to be deemed to have superintended lose of revenue in his county,” Senate Majority Whip Kangata Irungu told The Standard.
Kangata said the current proposal offered a middle ground for all counties.
“There is consensus that the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) will propose increment of shareable revenue. Therefore, Senators should believe government’s commitment that no county will experience loss of revenue,” he said.
On Tuesday, Senators from counties perceived to be marginalised threatened to shoot down the proposed new revenue sharing formula in the House claiming that it would dis-empower their regions while empowering ‘rich’ counties.
Last month, Senate suspended debate on the County Allocation of Revenue Bill 2020 until the standoff is resolved.
They are boisterous in religious gatherings, rallies and press conferences but their silence in Parliament, where they represent constituents, is deafening.
Some 22 of them, in both the Senate and National Assembly, did not utter a word on the floor of Parliament for a year.
Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, a fierce defender of Deputy President William Ruto, his Makadara counterpart George Aladwa and Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama are among those who said nothing in Parliament in 2019.
A new report by a parliamentary watchdog — Mzalendo Trust— shows that these three and some of the most vocal leaders outside Parliament are the least performing lawmakers.
Last year’s report by the same organisation also showed that Sudi and Arama did not contribute anything in Parliament in 2018. Then, Aladwa had only spoken once.
Others who have not spoken are Shinyalu MP Justus Kizito, Alfred Sambu of Webuye East and John Naicca of Mumias West.
From North Eastern, Abdi Shurie of Balambala and Amina Gedow from Mandera were cited for not speaking.
From Nyanza, Walter Owino of Awendo did not say a word in the plenary.
The others are James Gakuya of Embakasi North, Geofrey King’ang’i of Mbeere South, Stanley Muthama (Lamu West), Abdi Tepo (Isiolo South), Ahmed Bashane (Tarbaj), Amin Deddy (Laikipia East), Beatrice Kones (Bomet East), Gideon Konchella (Kilgoris), James Lusweti (Kabuchai), and Makueni Woman Representative Rose Mumo.
Vocal Bahati MP Onesmus Ngunjiri, Mark Nyamitta (Uriri), Silas Tiren (Moiben) also did not do well.
In the Senate, Busia’s Amos Wako, who is a former Attorney General and member of the Building Bridges Initiative, was among five lawmakers who did not open their mouths in 2019.
Senators Mercy Chebeni, Christine Zawadi Gona, and Philip Mpaayei also did not speak for a year.
Mzalendo Trust executive director Caroline Gaita said that legislative development primarily takes place in the House and “to completely abdicate this responsibility is therefore a dishonour to those who elected them.”
The MPs would be scapegoating by arguing that even if they did not speak in the plenary, they participate in committees and work in constituencies, Gaita said.
She noted that non-participation in the plenary brings disrepute to the integrity of Parliament as an institution.
“It is a violation of Articles 94, 95 and 96 of the Constitution,” she added, citing the need to safeguard the independence of Parliament in the wake of diminished role of the opposition.
Overall, Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo was the most active member with 334 speech counts followed by David Sankok (nominated), Wilberforce Oundo (Funyula), and Robert Pukose (Endebess).
Jacqueline Oduol (nominated), Jennifer Shamala (nominated), Ruweida Obo (Lamu) and Sophia Noor (Ijara) were the top-performing women in the National Assembly.
In the Senate, the top performers were Ledama Olekina (Narok) with 461 counts followed by Bungoma’s Moses Wetang’ula, Aaron Cheruiyot of Kericho, Migori’s Ochillo Ayako, and Getrude Msuruve (nominated).
The report further reveals that the 12th Parliament’s third session’s performance was the lowest compared with previous ones, putting Speaker Justin Muturi (National Assembly) and his Senate counterpart Kenneth Lusaka on the spot.
Gaita attributed this to the fact that only 24 Bills of the 116 passed by the National Assembly were assented to.
“This is translating to about 21 per cent, the lowest in five years. The Senate passed a total of 34 Bills out of which only four were assented to, translating to only 12 per cent,” she said.
The watchdog says that the number of MPs who made no contributions has increased to a record 19 for the National Assembly and three for the Senate.
There are concerns that President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga’s Handshake has muzzled Parliament, with party loyalty overriding members’ oversight mandate.
Uhuru’s and Raila’s influence was rife in the recent changes in House leadership which saw Ruto’s allies kicked out of plum posts.
“The need to safeguard the independence and performance of Parliament, therefore, cannot be gainsaid. Oversight is especially important in ensuring accountability from all government agencies,” Gaita said.
The scorecard revealed that MPs from Homa Bay fare better alongside their counterparts from Trans Nzoia, Kericho, West Pokot and Bungoma in that order.
Those from Garissa, Tana River, Turkana, Kwale and Narok were rated lowest in the scorecard.
According to the report, MPs who did not speak technically made no contribution to the 116 Bills, 679 questions, 174 motions and 175 statutory instruments that were discussed in the National Assembly in 2019.
The Senate on the other hand dealt with 34 Bills, 96 motions, 275 statements and 83 messages during the period under review.
In terms of committee work, the National Assembly had 1,211 committee sittings in 2019, while the Senate had 505 sittings.
Mzalendo Trust says that the average performance of male members of National Assembly is 21 speech counts of which 69 per cent of all male MPs score poorly.
“The average performance of female MPs is 18 speech counts. At least 25 per cent of them are above this average performance; the rest are below average.”
On account of the number of speeches in the plenary, Jubilee was rated the best-performing party, followed by ODM and Wiper.
However, Jubilee’s average was 18, which was below the National Assembly average of 20. Most Jubilee MPs are below average in terms of performance in the plenary.
In the Senate, on account of the number of speeches, ODM is the best-performing party, followed by Jubilee and ANC.
“On account of average, ODM had the highest average performance since most ODM MPs are active in the plenary,” the report reads. “ODM Senators are above the average performance of Senate.”
The review also focused on the top performing youth, party participation in the plenary and performance of committee chairs.
With regard to committees, former chair of Budget and Appropriations Committee and Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa was rated the best.
He was followed by Kipkelion East MP Joseph Limo, who was recently de-whipped as chair of the Finance and Planning Committee.
Kitui South MP Rachael Nyamai, Lands Committee chair, was rated third best followed by Energy Committee chair David Gikaria and Baringo North’s William Cheptumo, who was ousted from JLAC.
Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja is the top performing Senate committee chair followed by Samson Cherarkey – who has since been de-whipped from the Legal Affairs Committee.
Sakaja chairs the Labour and Social Welfare committee and is currently steering the Senate committee on Covid-19 emergency response.
Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang’ was also rated highly at the County Public Accounts and Investment Committee followed by Finance’s Mohammed Maalim, and Samuel Phogisio – now Majority leader, at the Delegated Legislation Committee.
Vocal Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa emerged top among the most active youthful MPs alongside Murang’a’s Sabina Chege, Kiharu’s Ndindi Nyoro, Igembe North’s Paul Mwirigi, and Embakasi East’s Babu Owino.
“There was a total of seven private members Bills introduced by young members,” Mzalendo noted.
For nominated members, Sankok, who represents PWDs, was the most vocal, followed by Godfrey Osotsi representing workers and Jacqueline Oduol representing marginalised women.
Sammy Seroney, representing workers, was least active among special interest representatives, followed by Nasri Ibrahim (minority) and youth representative Gideon Keter.
In the Senate, Msuruve was ranked the top female senator followed by nominated members Abshiro Halake, Farhiya Haji, Agnes Zani and Mary Seneta.
The average performance of female leaders in the Senate is 94 speech counts. Sakaja, Cherarkey, Kajwang’ and Kakamega’s Cleophas Malala were rated top performing youthful senators.
Gaita, however, raised concern that access to committees by members of the public still remains a challenge, particularly in the National Assembly.
Mzalendo says that approximately 72 per cent of the Senate committee sittings were accessible to the public compared with the National Assembly’s 55.2 per cent.
The report shows that Public Investment Committee, Public Accounts Committee, and Lands committee had the most open sittings.
“The Budget and Appropriations Committee, Finance and Planning Committee, and Select Committee on Regional Integration had the most closed sittings.”
For the Senate, the County Public Accounts and Investment, Lands, and the Justice committees had the most open sittings.
From brothers to sister, to sisters-in-law and to nieces. The Kuria family tree made a resolution to savagely ransack the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) of Gatundu South constituency. In this scheme, the only qualification was that one should be a member of the Moses Kuria family circle in order to be a partaker of the loot that they had set up like a buffet in a large pompous dining room where they picked what they wanted and however they wanted it. This is what has prompted public anger against Moses Kuria and a filing of a petition that has declared him unfit to hold such an office.
Being that the Gatundu South Member of Parliament had already made himself a key signatory in approving the tenders awarded, Moses Kuria had just hit a jackpot with the millions and millions of shillings provided by the fund for development of the constituency. Kuria, without fail, had also made his brother Aloise Kuria Kinyanjui a key signatory in approval of tenders; and the fact that he was and still is a policeman posted in Kiambu, his role has been very strategic for the Kuria family.
With the soil well cultivated by the two brothers, the family worked hard to ensure that they establish a mouthful of companies which would work alongside those already registered. This was to ensure that there is maximum utilization of resources by the family through the tender awards. Basically, the family had numerous companies where almost all family members and relatives are directors for the different companies, and all companies applying for tenders thereby being their ‘own sense of competition’. Money then started rolling out when the key schemers started to award themselves tenders. Sh32,531,540 was awarded to Finishline Construction company where police officer Aloise Kinyanjui is the director. Moses Kuria and Aloise Kinyanjui then awarded their two other brothers Sh5,808,468 a tender for Mutungu Secondary school through Supreme General Traders Limited. The brothers John Nome Kuria and James Koigwho were the directors of the said company.
Moses Kuria had also embraced other family members with all having one unity of purpose: and that is to scheme through the CDF and ensure that they pocket as much as they can. His sister Jane Wambui Kuria was also awarded contract worth Sh9,814,240 for two schools under Kiki Holdings Limited where a Duncan Mwangi Ngugi, is a police officer. The said man is a friend and colleague to Aloise Kuria. Moses Kuria’s other brother, John Ngige Kuria, pocketed Sh31,525,120 after being awarded a tender for two schools through Numerical Strength Limited. Notwithstanding, another brother, Charles Regeru Nguru was awarded Sh 10,267,955, for two schools, where the family members including Jane Muthoni Regeru, Lucy Wambui Regeru and Teresia Mwihaki Regeru are directors of the company. Nephew Stanley Kuria Ngugi had also not been left out as his deal fattened his pockets by Sh14, 792,825 for three schools through Kustern Builders Limited.
The MP has carried out this elaborate scheme for a while now which has led to a loss of close to Sh170 million. All gone to enrich the family as development projects are strained with others chocked to death from the loot. As he goes out each morning to heckle on Tanga Tanga frenzies, the Gatundu South MP quietly goes back to his constituents, to quietly continue with his theft together with his family.
This is unacceptable as Kuria is defrauding Gatundu South CDF. With close to Sh170 million already lost, the constituents of Gatundu South have already been denied what rightfully belongs to them through nepotism, conflict of interest and abuse of office. This must and shall be stopped. Moses Kuria should start packing his boxes as a legislature before the axe falls on him.
Clear and concise and with direction to achieve the set out goals is important in any undertaking. And when it comes to the need and livelihoods of a people, community and even a society, teamwork is of essence for for a leader to achieve his desired development goals for the people mandated to lead. No detractors but men and women with focus to lead a country to a better place.
With a Deputy who has worked hard to curtail government projects and any form of development to benefit Kenyans, President Uhuru crafted a different path and embraced men and women who were focused on setting a clear development record in the country. Able-bodied men and women who are focused on work and performance in implementation of the government’s priority projects and programmes.
For Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta had a set out an elaborate plan for the city that had been bludgeoned by cartels, and with clear set out plans through the takeover Nairobi Metropolitan Service, the President embarked on this mandate without festering and with the focus of an eagle. This he did so by picking out an unlikely leader to undertake an unlikely job that has so far been performed with exemplary performance on the first 100 days. The Nairobi Metropolitan Service Director-General Mohammed Badi has proven that development is achievable and deserved by all and by working towards it without any form of politicization but through implementation of set out projects within the government’s development priorities.
We have witnessed a major face lift of informal settlements, where youth can now attest that they have been held at the government’s bosom through the Kazi Mtaani Initiative. The city roads have been re-carpeted without any form of live video forums on social media or through a huge church ceremony where DP Ruto is a would-be guest or a political rally where he had the habit of launching projects not within the set out government development priorities. Ruto all along watched on the sidelines as changes and implementation of projects took place.
With Nairobi in safe and reliable hands the city is regaining its lost glory as it had almost been defaced by the filth that had rocked the city and cartels that had been wreaking havoc in all sectors of the city. Without embarking on any form of church harambees and political rallies, President Uhuru Kenyatta through his Cabinet Secretaries has overseen the renovation of the Nanyuki-Thika railway that had become an eyesore to the residents as it initially appeared as an abandoned colonial government undertaking. Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia recently launched the 240-kilometre railway line that cuts across five counties had been abandoned decades ago. The railway line has now opened up Thika Town and is set to spur social-economic development in the region as it heads towards Northern Kenya.
Additionally, as Ruto continued holding church delegations and scheming on how he would steal church donations, President Uhuru Kenyatta with his formidable force have embarked on key projects that were within government priorities but unfulfilled as people had resolved to embark on church activities and declaring they have the numbers while ignoring their mandate as Deputy President has done.
Major roads such as the Mau Mau road, in honour of freedom fighters, have been launched which will be completed in a record two years without fail. The Sh30 billion road is set to boost the economy of the Mount Kenya region which produces two of Kenya’s main cash crops tea and coffee and thereby increasing the country’s potential to earn more foreign exchange.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has chosen Baringo Senator Gideon Moi to represent him at the inauguration of newly-elected Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera.
The event is set for Monday, July 6, with President Chakwera scheduled to take an official public inauguration and celebration of Malawi’s national day despite him already taking an oath.
Normally, it would have been expected that Deputy President Wiliam Ruto would have been the default choice to represent the President in international events.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau confirmed the decision and revealed why Senator Moi was chosen.
“Mr Moi is leading the government delegation that also has (Foreign Affairs) Chief Administrative Secretary Ababu Namwamba.
“He is a senior Senator and will sufficiently represent the Head of State,” noted Macharia Kamau.
The Jubilee-KANU post-election coalition pact seems to be bearing fruits with Moi set to be in the company of the independence party’s Secretary-General Nick Salat.
Gideon Moi’s spokesman, Alex Kiprotich, confirmed that the Senator was already in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe awaiting the event.
“The boss is in Lilongwe on the request of the President. You may want to contact State House for more information on this,” he stated.
According to reports, a copy of Uhuru’s speech that the Senator will read on his behalf was emailed by State House to him on Saturday, July 4.
The move by the President to chose one of Ruto’s rivals for the international even is set to widen the rift that has been growing after the ousting of the Deputy President’s allies in parliament.
Speaking during a burial in Nandi County on Friday, July 3, Ruto noted that the reorganisation and regrouping would not dampen his bid to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.