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National Assembly votes out NGOs funding limit

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY DAVID MWERE
DECISION: Garissa Town MP Aden Duale in his office on November 11. Photo/File
DECISION: Garissa Town MP Aden Duale in his office on November 11. Photo/File

The executive suffered a major blow after MPs in the National Assembly defeated the Statute Law Miscellaneous Bill 2013. The bill, moved by Leader of Majority Aden Dualle, had targeted more than 60 pieces of legislation.

Speaker Justin Muturi yesterday announced that according to the electronic results, 83 MPs out of the 164 members present voted against the bill while 73 of them support it. Eight legislators abstained from voting. The Bill was to be read a second time.

Earlier in the day, Dualle withdrew changes proposed on the Public Benefits Organisation Act, Salaries and Remuneration Commission Act and National Police Service Act. “I am a recipient of the donor money and I don’t want laws that affect future generations and the poor passed by this House,” he said.

The PBO Bill sought to cap the donor funding of NGOs at 15 per cent of their budgets; the Police Service Bill sought to have women not considered for appointment as senior officers; while the SRC Bill sought to have the commissioners given a nonrenewable six year contract.

Homabay Town MP Peter Kaluma said the number of pieces earmarked for changes were numerous and not minor as is the case with the Miscellaneous Bill.

“It is proper that we do not use the Miscellaneous Bill to do the major changes as proposed. We need to detach them as stand-alone bills,” he said. Suba MP John Mbadi opposed the bill saying it is wrong to classify the President and Deputy President as Cabinet Secretaries.

“Article 152 defines the composition of the Cabinet. I don’t understand why the AG, who is schooled in law will bring such amendments that target the constitution through the back door,” he said.

Ndhiwa MP Agostino Neto said, “It is wrong to remove the extradition proceedings from the office of DPP to the AG’s office. NIS proposes to remove and replace its council with the director general; you never know who is going to become the next DG. This can only be done through an independent bill and not through an omnibus bill.”