Author: Silas Apollo

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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County governments are set to receive about Sh391.1 billion as part of the equitable share of revenue in the new financial year after MPs last week adopted the Budget Policy Statement (BPS) for the 2024/25 financial year. The national government on the other hand, will be entitled to about Sh2.6 trillion as part of its budget in the new year. The allocation follows the Thursday, March 7, 2024 adoption of the BPS tabled by the National Assembly’s Budget and Appropriation Committee chaired by Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro. The adoption followed debate on the report after Nyoro apprised the House on…

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The government has gazetted Friday, May 10, as a public holiday to mark the National Tree Growing Day. Interior cabinet secretary Kithure Kindiki, in a gazette notice issued on Wednesday, said that the decision was in recognition of the devastating effects of climate change and the threat it poses to national security, public safety and the ecological sustainability of Kenya. Kindiki said that the day will also be used to show solidarity with all persons adversely affected by cyclic floods and subsequent droughts in recent times. “Acknowledging that tree growing is the singular long-term solution to the climate crisis and…

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The 11-member committee appointed to investigate allegations against the Agriculture Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mithika Linturi on Monday, May 6, formally sets the state for an impeachment process that could remove the CS from office. In its first meeting held after Linturi was impeached through a vote on the floor of the House, the team nominated Marsabit Member of Parliament (MP) Naomi Waqo as its chairperson, who is to be deputized by the deputy leader of minority, Robert Mbui. According to the House Standing Orders, the Select Committee is expected to submit its report to the House in 10 days, on…

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