Author: Silas Apollo

The National Assembly’s departmental committee on defence and foreign relations has said that it will hold public hearings regarding the alleged cases of abuse of power and corruption by the British Army Training Unit in Kenya (BATUK) stationed in Laikipia and Samburu counties. The committee chaired by Belgut MP Nelson Koech said that the sessions will be held from Tuesday, May 28 to Thursday, May 30, 2024. The inquiry follows allegations of corruption, fraud, discrimination, and abuse of power within BATUK. Some members of the unit have also been accused of mistreatment, torture, unlawful detention, killings and other violations of…

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The Salaries and Remuneration Commission has said that it will appeal a decision by the High Court reinstating a Sh10 million taxable car allowance awarded to judges. SRC chairperson Lyn Mengich, in a press statement on Friday May 24, 2024, said that the ruling issued by the court was a conflict of interest matter. High Court judges Chacha Mwita, Patricia Nyaundi and Lawrence Mugambi had on Friday May 24, 2024 ruled for the return of the allowance, quashing an earlier advisory issued by SRC scrapping the payment. The judges declared a letter issued by SRC on July 12, 2021 revoking…

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The government has unveiled an ambitious plan to resolve the perennial traffic congestion in the capital Nairobi, which has cost residents millions of shillings daily in wasted hours sitting in traffic. The Kenya Urban Mobility and Growth Threshold Programme is expected to benefit more than 4.3 million people. Speaking during a meeting with US investors on Thursday, President William Ruto said the initiative will also help tackle the economic growth challenges related to urban land use and planning in the Nairobi metropolitan. “This programme is about delivering results and unlocking greater opportunities for Kenyans,” he said. The Millennium Challenge Corporation…

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Retired civil servants could soon have their pensions adjusted to the cost of living in a move by Parliament to shield them from rising inflation and the cost of commodities in the country. Parliament, through the Pensions (Amendment) Bill 2024, wants the Pensions Act Cap 189 to be amended to include an automatic cost of living adjustment to pensions earned by all retired public servants. The Bill sponsored by Matuga MP Kassim Sawa says that any government officer entitled to pensions, gratuities, or other allowances shall receive an automatic cost-of-living adjustment increase when inflation rates justify such an adjustment. “An…

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The High Court has allowed an application by the Senate to be joined in a case in which the National Assembly has been sued over the recently enacted health law. Justices Alfred Mabeya, Robert Limo and Freda Mugambi allowed the application by the Senate, during a mention of the case in which the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) and three other petitioners are challenging the legality of the recently enacted Social Health Insurance Act, 2023. The Senate has sought to be included in the case as an interested party, a request that had been supported by the National…

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Members of the National Assembly’s departmental committee on education have raised concerns over the lack of funding for the school feeding programme under the state department of basic education. The committee led by chairperson Julius Melly said the initiative was an important project in schools aimed at improving student nutrition and attendance. Lack of funds for the project, the committee said, could keep children out of school. “The School Feeding Programme has kept our children in school. How can it not be funded?” Melly, who is also the Tinderet MP, said. Principal secretary for basic education, Belio Kipsang’ confirmed that…

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Efforts to make family planning more accessible to women in Kenya received a boost on Thursday with the handover of about 450,000 doses of self-injectable contraceptives. The contraceptives, known as Subcutaneous Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (DMPA-SC), were procured by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) with more than Sh57 million (£348,000) funding from the UK government. The contraceptives, which simplify and enhance the accessibility of family planning, will be distributed by the ministry of health to various facilities across the country. DMPA-SC is a user-friendly injectable contraceptive that can be administered by trained individuals, including community health workers and women themselves, thereby…

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The National Assembly has started the process of collecting views from the public on the Finance Bill, 2024 ahead of debate in Parliament. In a notice issued on Wednesday May 15, 2024, the National Assembly’s committee on finance and national planning asked members of the public and other stakeholders to submit views on the proposed legislation before its consideration by MPs. Committee chairman Kimani Kuria, also noted that the public has until Tuesday May 28, 2024 to submit their views on the Bill including proposed amendments to some of the suggestions included in the Finance Bill. The notice by the…

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The National Assembly’s departmental committee on regional development has asked the government to allocate funds for the completion of stalled development projects in the Western and Nyanza regions. Speaking during an oversight visit to projects managed by the Lake Basin Development Authority and the Ministry of Devolution, committee vice-chairperson Mary Wamaua stressed the need for equitable resource distribution to stimulate employment and development across the country. The MP argued that some of the projects already underway in the Nyanza and Western Kenya region would go a long way in promoting development and growth. She however noted that the lack of…

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