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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

CAF Submission of Memorandum on the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (National Assembly Bill No. 56 Of 2021) Before Senate Standing Committee

The CAF leadership led by Chairperson Hon. Ndegwa Wahome MBS and the Secretary General Hon. Kipkirui Chepkwony made its submissions to the Senate standing committee on Justice and Legal Affairs on the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill 2021, on 21st January, 2021, at the Senate, Parliament buildings. The following are CAF’s comments on the Bill: The Forum appreciated Parliament for introducing a new definition “statement of ideology” in Clause 2 of the Bill. This will change the Political Parties culture to Ideological based formation. This will bring stability and sustainability into the Parties even after individual founders have left.

CAF Chairperson, Hon. Ndegwa Wahome, MBS sworn in as the Vice Chairperson of the East African Local Government Association

The 7th East Africa Local Government Forum was held between 7th to 9th February 2022 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Arusha, Tanzania. CAF was represented by CAF Chairman, Speaker, County Assembly of Nyandarua, Hon. Ndegwa Wahome MBS, CAF Deputy Chairperson, Speaker County Assembly of Machakos, Hon. Florence Mwangangi and CAF Secretary General, Member of County Assembly of Nandi, Hon. Kipkurui Chepkwony. The meeting focused on empowering Devolved and Decentralized Sub - national entities for an effective East Africa Community integration process. The Forum kicked off with a delegates’ conference on the 7th February 2022. On the 8th February 2022, the CAF Chairperson, Hon. Ndegwa Wahome, MBS was sworn in as the Vice Chairperson of the East African Local Government Association.

The Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee Meeting

CAF participated in the Council of Governor’s Legal Affairs and Human Rights committee meeting themed “Defining the Devolution Agenda, 2022 and beyond”. The two-day consultative meeting was held at the Three Steers Hotel in Meru County. The meeting deliberated on the key issues affecting County Governments in the Legal sector. and non- implementation of Constitutional and statutory provisions protecting Devolution. Some of the proposals made by the CAF during the meeting on the session on Devolution agenda were amongst others:

1). Increase of Allocation of resources to County Government. 2). The establishment of County Peace committee in Counties with Ethnic animosity and facilitation of inter – county peace talks. 3). The need of Financial Independence for County Assemblies. 4). Return of Nairobi County to a fully – Fledged County Government. 5). Fasttrack and passage of the County Government Grant Bill 2021

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Devolution of the Legislative Function

The devolution of the legislative function to County Assemblies has meant enriched jurisprudence especially in legislation touching on unique local issues that hither to may have escaped the national legislative process.This has also necessitated improvement of enforcement and compliance functions not only to ensure order but also as a source of the much-needed revenue for the County Governments. Additionally, Counties are having to continually compare notes as far as legislation is concerned to ensure mutual learning and eliminate legal contradictions across jurisdictions.

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