Entries from December 18th, 2008

CDF funds abused in Kathiani and Machakos

Posted by on 18th December 2008

Categories: CDF

The National Taxpayers Association has conducted it’s first audit of constituency funds in Machakos and Kathiani constituencies and has found that close to Kshs 19 million was lost to “ghost projects” under the watch of the previous MPs David Mwanzia and Peter Kaindi, both of whom did not make it back to the Tenth Parliament.

Lets hope the National Taxpayers Association can be similarly transparent about their own work and update their website / publish the full reports online.

Keep up the pressure – where does your MP stand on taxes?

Posted by on 1st December 2008

Categories: News

The list of MPs volunteering to get pay their taxes keeps growing (although one wonders where they were next week). Kenyans – please keep up the pressure and let YOUR representatives know how you feel about this issue. The updated list of MPs (courtesy Standard) who are willing to pay taxes is as follows:

-Those who have authorised deductions from their allowances:

1. Joseph Muthama

2. Jeremiah Kioni

3. FT Nyammo

Those who have expressed willingness to pay but have yet to act formally:

1. Kalonzo Musyoka

2. Samuel Poghisio

3. Mutula Kilonzo

4. Muhamad Adbi Affrey

5. Shakilla Abdalla

6. Charles Kilonzo

7. Kiema Kilonzo

8. Peter Kiilu

9. Peter Kaloki

10. David Musila

11. Victor Munyaka

12. Nur Abdi Nassir

13 Hussein Sasura

14. Benson Mbai

15. Isaac Muoki

16. Daniel Muoki

17. Gideon Ndambuki

18. Mwangi Kiunjiri

19. Wavinya Ndeti

20. Cyrus Jirongo

21. Ababu Namwamba

22. John Ngata Kariuki

23. Kabanda wa Kabando

24. Dick Wathika

Where does your MP stand on taxes?

Posted by on 24th November 2008

Categories: News

Dear Kenyan voters, it is time to do more than complain about YOUR mps and their refusal to pay taxes on their allowance…this culture of arrogance and selfishness must be put to end and they must be reminded that they are OUR representatives.

What can you do?

First, you can contact them directly via the contact information listed below and let them know how you feel (we are working on updating the list).

Abdirahman, H.Ali – Wajir South – KANU – 0721-724746 / 0722-144999 ahassan@tradeandindustry.go.ke

Chiaba, Mohamed Abu – Lamu East – PNU – 0722-410177

Bahari, Abdul Ali – Isiolo South – KANU – 0733-289501

Balala, Mohammed Najib – Mvita – ODM – 0733 333500 /0724 – 650000 najib@mombasa.co.ke

Bifwoli, Wakoli Sylvester – Bumula – PNU – 0733-865323 Wakolib@yahoo.com

Chepkitony, Lucas Kipkosgei – Keiyo North – ODM – 0733-635894 / 0722816064

Ethuro, David – Turkana Central – PNU- 0722-526370 dethuro@yahoo.com

Gesami, James Ondicho – West Mugirango – ODM- 0733 826090

Gisuka, Machage Wilfred – Kuria – DP – 0733-451806/0725834575

Kajembe, Ramathan Seif – Changamwe – ODM – 0721 609777 Langoni@swiftmombasa.com

Kajwang’, Gerald Otieno – Mbita – ODM – 0722-882787

Kamama, Asman Abongotum – Baringo East – PNU – 0731-583303

Karua, Martha Wangari Gichugu – PNU – 0721 623 342 / 0733-747551

Kenneth, Peter Gatanga – PNU – 0722 512996 andykenneth@hotmail.com

Kenyatta, Uhuru – Gatundu South – KANU – 0722 463 891

Keter, Charles Cheruiyot – Belgut – ODM – 0722 530555

Khalwale Boni – Ikolomani – NEW FORD-K – 0721 318722

Khaniri, George Munyasa – Hamisi – ODM – 0722-859341

Kilonzo, Julias Kiema Mutito – ODM-K – 0722-513605 kilonzo@wananchi.com

Kilonzo, Charles Mutavi – Yatta – ODM-K – 0734-621593 ckilonzo@crystalvaluers.com
Kimunya Amos Muhinga Kipipiri PNU – 0722518801 / 520936 kipipiri@wananchi.com

Kinyanjui, Lee Maiyani – Nakuru Town – PNU – 0722 842653

Kiunjuri, Festus Mwangi – Laikipia East – PNU – 0721 600 305

Kuti Mohammed Abdi – Isiolo North – NARC-K – 0733 235914

Lesirma, Simeon Saimanga – Samburu West – ODM – 0722-719946 simeonlesrima@yahoo.com

Magara – James Omingo – South Mugirango – ODM – 0722 911274 jomingo45@yahoo.com

Katoo, Ole Metito J – Kajiado South – 0721-640175

Midiwo, Washington Jakoyo – Gem – ODM – 0721 504 040 / 0733 421277/ 0722 935761

Mohamed, A.H.M – Mandera West – ODM – 0722-779942

Mohammed, Haji Yusuf – Ijara – KANU – 0722-709395

Mugo, Beth Wambui – Dagoretti – PNU – 0722-205753 bmugo@kenyaweb.com

Mungatana, Danson Buya – Garsen – NARC-K – 0722-411971 mungatana@wanainchi.com

Munyes, John Kiyonga – Turkana North – PNU – 0721-339094 johnmunyes@yahoo.com

Murungi, Kiraitu – South Imenti – PNU – 0721-240863 waziri@kenyaweb.com

Musila, David – Mwingi South – ODM-K – 0722 571117 davidmusila@yahoo.com

Musyoka, Stephen Kalonzo – Mwingi North – ODM-K – 0722 523 872 / 0735 161 588

Mwangi, Onesmus Kigumo – PNU – 0722-778581 kiharamwangimp@yahoo.com

Mwatela, Andrew Calist – Mwatate – ODM 0733 719 871

Mwiria, Valerian Kilemi – Tigania West – PNU – 0733-657562 kilemimwiria@africanonline.co.ke

Ndambuki, Gideon Musyoka – Kaiti – ODM-K – 0720-384553/0734-758567 gndambuki@wananchi.com

Githae, Robinson Njeru – Ndia – PNU – 722514837

Nkaisserry, Joseph Kasaine – Kajiado Central – ODM – 0721-356786 nkaisserry@wananchi.com

Nyong’o, Peter Anyang’ – Kisumu Rural – ODM – 0733 454 133 pan@africaonline.co.ke

Odinga, Raila Amolo – Langata – ODM – 0733 620 736 railaaodinga@yahoo.com

Oginga, Oburu Bondo – ODM – 0733 818517/ 0724-105493 oburu_oginga@yahoo.com

Odeke, Sospeter Ojaamongson Amagoro – ODM – 0733 967345 / 0722 813819

Ojode, Joshua Orwa Ndhiwa – ODM – 0722- 514830 Ojode7@hotmail.com

Okemo, Chrysanthus Nambale – ODM – 0733-608895 Chrisokemo@yahoo.com

Olweny, Patrick Ayiecho – Muhoroni – ODM – 0722-734187/0733-784633

Onyancha, Charles – Bonchari – ODM – 0722-248190 jonyancha2002@yahoo.com

Oparanya, Wycliffe Ambetsa – Butere – ODM – 0722 521856

Osebe, Walter Enock Nyambati – Kitutu Masaba – N LP – 0722 724 556

Poghisio, Samuel Losuron Kacheliba – ODM-K – 0722-520663 / 0734-200836 poghisio@wananchi.com

Ruto, Samoei William K. – Eldoret North – ODM – 0722 517 997 info@williamrutto.com

Shaban Naomi Namsi Taveta KANU 0722 814 412

Shitanda, Peter Soita – Malava – NEW FORD-K – 0721-341241 soita-shitanda@yahoo.com

Sugow Ahmed Aden Fafi KANU 0721-596726

Twaha, Yasin Fahim – Lamu West – NARC-K – 0722-925108

Wekesa, Noah Muhlanganga – Kwanza – PNU – 0722-774374 noahwekesa@hotmail.com

Were, David Aoko Matungu – ODM – 0722 707548/0733 569180 scorpionwere@yahoo.com

Wetangula – Moses Makisa Sirisia – PNU – 0722 517 302 / 806 363 mwetangula@hotmail.com

Second, you can express yourself on Mzalendo MP pages.

Third, encourage the media to find out where each MP stands on the issue – they should not hide behind closed doors if they are comfortable with their decision. MPs who have gone on record to defend tax-free allowances are:

Peter Kenneth
– Gatanga
George Nyamweya – Nominated MP
Boni Khalwale – Ikolomani
Danson Mungatana – Garsen
Soita Shitanda – Malava
Ali Hassan Joho – Hamisi
Charles Keter – Belgut, David Koech- Mosop
Fred Kapondi – Mt. Elgon Charles Kilonzo –
Sammy Mwaita – Baringo Central, MP;
Ephraim Maina – Mathira, MP.

Finally, congratulate Hon. Muthama for standing out in his willingness to pay taxes : +254 724 256 664 and let us know of others who should be commended for doing the right thing.

EDIT: The following MPs have joined Hon. Muthama in declaring their support for taxation

- Hon. Wavinya Ndeti
- Hon. Jeremiah Kioni

Draft Opposition Bill now available on Mzalendo

Posted by on 3rd November 2008

Categories: Bills Uncategorized

[Hat tip Mwalimu!]

The controversial Opposition Bill is all set to be discussed in Parliament in the next few weeks. It has been difficult to get a copy of the full text of the bill but we finally managed to do so.

You can read the full text of the Opposition Bill here.

Media Relations Officer Job (PSC)

Posted by on 29th October 2008

Categories: News Uncategorized

THE PARLIAMENTARY SERVICE COMMISSION
The Parliamentary Service Commission is seeking to appoint a highly motivated professional to join the National Assembly in the following exciting and challenging position:-

MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICER (PSC 10)
Responsible to the Director, Information & Research Services, the officer will be incharge of Parliamentary Broadcasting Unit and manage all Media affairs of the National Assembly in a timely and efficient manner.

Duties and Responsibilities

* Formulation, interpretation and application of procedures of the National Assembly Media Services and live broadcasting of Parliamentary proceedings;
* Assembling information on the procedures and operations of Parliament for Parliamentarians, staff and the public for official use;
* Organizing Parliament’s outreach programmes;
* Coordinating all publications of the National Assembly;
* Organizing all Media events of the National Assembly;
* Updating and maintaining of the Parliamentary Website.
* Any other duties relating to Media Services.

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPOINTMENT
For appointment to this post, a candidate must have served for a minimum of five years in a reputable media house with substantial experience in both print and electronic media and must also be in possession of the following minimum qualifications:

(i) A bachelor degree in Law or any other Social Sciences; (ii) A masters degree in either Communications or Public Relations;

(iii) A post graduate qualification in Mass Communications and Experience in Parliamentary reporting will be considered as an added advantage.

Application Procedure:
Applications together with copies of academic certificates and testimonials including letters of reference from two referees should be submitted so as to reach:

The Clerk/ Secretary
Parliamentary Service Commission
P.O. Box 41842-00100
Nairobi, Kenya.

On or before 17th November 2008.

CDF Spotlight: Langata Constituency

Posted by on 24th October 2008

Categories: CDF Uncategorized

The CDF Project has been doing some great work around following up on the implementation of CDF projects and sharing the information they collect with a wider audience. So far they have worked only in Nairobi, with plans to expand elsewhere in the country. It’s a difficult job that they are doing – government and CDF officials have been generally unresponsive – but they have still been able to collect some good information. With their permission, we will be sharing the work they have done with you on Mzalendo. We hope that they are able to sustain their work so that by 2012 we can have an issue based record on which to assess the performance of MPs. As usual we encourage you to share your comments and feedback on how your MP is performing in the comments section.

CDF Report Langata: MP Raila Odinga

Amounts allocated:
- 2003/04 Kshs 6,000,000
- 2004/05 Kshs 22,218,788
- 2005/06 Kshs 28,735,319
- 2006/07 Kshs 39,807,498
- 2007/08 Kshs 40,053,371

Overview of project implementation
: The Langata CDFC did not do a good job engaging the public in project planning and implementation. As a result, we could find very little local knowledge of project, or any project documentation. The quality of work in some projects like the Kongoni Primary School, Madaraka Primary School and the link road between South C and Mombasa road was poor.

Assistance received from local CDF committee: The journey to Langata began in early June 2008, when the contact person, Mr. Opieta arranged a meeting to be briefed on the CDF Social Audit Handbook. After the discussion, he referred us to Mr. Kehta, the CDF committee secretary. Mr. Kehta requested that we submit a letter stating our objectives. We did so in early July, and soon received a response referring us to the project coordinator at the Langata CDF offices, located at the Langata DO’s office. However, after several attempts to schedule a meeting, we received no response, and so began our project visits unassisted.

Project Reports: Click here for details on the following projects -
o Madaraka Primary School
o Link-road between South C and Mombasa Road
o Kongoni Primary School – Re-carpeting of Classrooms
o Kongoni Primary School – The Repair of a Parking Bay
o Langata High School
o Security Light Mast at Laini Saba
o Upgrading of the Laini Saba Sports Ground

More resources about the Langata CDF:

- Historical information, click here.

CDF Misuse

Posted by on 22nd October 2008

Categories: CDF

The Constituency Development Fund (CDF) has been in the news for the last couple of days.

First, there are reports of politicians meddling with the process of appointing the new head of the Fund.

Second, there is controversy about the poverty index that determines how much is distributed to each constituency.

Finally, there is the recent auditor general report revealing rampant abuse of CDF funds, with Saboti constituency topping the list of offenders (under the previous Parliament). You can read more about the mysterious death of the former Saboti CDF manager here.

This is one area where we would like to encourage Mzalendo users to keep their eyes on and report on what is going on in their constituency as far as CDF use / misuse. It is not always easy to get the information, but nothing beats hearing stories from the ground – how is your MP using CDF funds in your constituency?

Draft Bills Updated on Mzalendo

Posted by on 17th October 2008

Categories: Bills

The following Draft Bills have recently been uploaded onto Mzalendo’s Bill page (hat tip MM!):

- The Constitution of Kenya Review Bill 2008 19th
- Insolvency Bill 2008
- Reproductive Health & Rights Bill June 2008_2_
- The Cabinet Ministers Bill,2008
- The Matrimonial Property Bill
- Family Protection Bill
- Equal Opportunities Bill
– The Marriage Bill

Parliament reopens

Posted by on 7th October 2008

Categories: News

The Kenyan parliament is scheduled to reopen this week, and commentators are already predicting a stormy session. Among what expected to be the legislative highlights of the session are: the debate of the Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill and the Constitution of Kenya Review Bill; the implementation of the new Standing Orders; the passage of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) and the Ethnic Relations Commission; the debate on the Opposition Bill and the Finance Bill.

Martha Karua’s website

Posted by on 16th September 2008

Categories: 2012 Elections Uncategorized

Hon. Martha Karua has made no secret of her intentions to run for President in the next elections. She now has an official website (that will hopefully be improved over time).