Sunday, 08 February 2015 18:19
After its month-long Christmas and New Year break, Senate resumes sittings, February 10 with various county residents anxiously awaiting its decisions on matters that will have far reaching implications.
Soon after the Senate begins its third sitting, the Finance and Budget committee chaired by Sen. Billow Kerrow will be expected to table its report on a petition presented to it by Narok resident Joseph ole Kaaria. The petitioner asked the Senate to investigate alleged grand corruption in revenue collection within the Mara Triangle that has been at the center of the ongoing conflict in the county.
Also, following a motion moved by Senator Billow Kerrow and pursuant to Standing Order 48 of the Senate Tuesday, December 2nd last year, The Standing Committee on National Security & Foreign Relations and the Committee on Legal Affairs travelled to Mandera, Kapedo and Laikipia on a fact finding tour of the insecurity cases.
In late January, the Committees visited Mandera, touring crime scenes where a total of 64 were killed in Koromei quarry and a bus attack in Arabiya. In early February, they visited Kapedo where 21 Administration Police Officers were killed by bandits and Laikipia County which is marred with cattle rustling.
The Committees are expected to table a report to the plenary giving recommendations on how to improve the security situation in the devolved units which Senate serves to protect.
In the second session, The Senate received 43 Bills, approving seven which had been referred to it by the National Assembly and became law.
It also referred three Bills – County Government, County Allocation of Revenue No 1 and the County Allocations of Revenue No 2 – to the National Assembly for concurrence and were subsequently passed into law. The Senate referred another 10 Bills to the National Assembly, which are yet to be concluded.
Four Bills are due for first reading, while 17 are at the second reading, and none has been published or is undergoing concurrence process.
The Senate sat 89 times in the second session and 99 times in the first.