MPs To Consider Economic Stimulus Plan As House Reconvenes On Tuesday
Information reaching Wakeupafrica360 from our source in Kenya has it that the National Assembly is ready to continue it’s preliminary sittings on Tuesday after a month-long break with a bunch of matters to handle including the consideration of a new estimates for the 2020/2021 budget. Come Tuesday, the legislators will consider President Uhuru Kenyatta Sh53.7 billion post-coronavirus economic stimulus package aimed at jump starting the economy which was negatively affected by the pandemic amidst policy measures taken by the government to minimize the impact. It is also expected of the house to establish an Ad Hoc Committee on coronavirus prevention, response and management. The committee will also be in charge of considering ways of funding the coronavirus prevention efforts. So far, the country has recorded 1,962 cases of coronavirus outbreak. The legislators will also deliberate on the Referendum Bill 2020 which seek to jointly conduct a referendum and the 2022 general elections so as to minimize costs and propose measures to bridge the already existing legal and constitutional gaps
The referendum bill was drafted by the Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee (CIOC). Also, the finance Bill that has been creating controversies for a while now will also be subjected to a debate and lawmakers are expected to consider a tax proposal. The House will resume on Tuesday amidst political rearrangement that have seen both the ruling and opposition parties de-whip its members from crucial committees. According to reports, nine members were suspended from the house for six months pending the hearing and enforcement of disciplinary actions. On that note, Kiminini MP, Chris Wamalwa, was de-whipped from the Deputy Minority position and the position was offered to his Tongaren counterpart MP Simiyu Eseli. The National Assembly is expected to begin the process of removing Malindi MP, Aisha Jumwa from the Parliamentary Service Commission. She will be replaced by her Likoni counterpart, MP Mishi Mboko. The Ruling Party, Jubilee Party, has also been cleaning up its House in the senate with the fate of the Majority Leader, Aden Duale, Majority Whip Benjamin Washiali and his deputy, Cecily Mbarire and a number of deputy president William Ruto’s allies hanging in the balance.
On other news, OGN leader, Odinga Raila has congratulated the effort of the government and Kenyan’s health workers in responding to the coronavirus outbreak in the country. According to him, “I want to thank our minister for health, Mutahi Kagwe, for leading the team in the ministry for such a gallant struggle. I wish to urge the few Kenyans who are refusing to listen to the advice by the government by desisting from washing their hands with soaps and hand sanitizers, and going to overcrowded funerals. They are doing a great disservice to this country.”
He also stated: “As a country, we have done well, we have fought a good fight and has shown the world that what other nations can do, Kenya can do better.” He thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for keeping the country abreast with the coronavirus intervention measures.