28 September 2017
Cabinet honours fallen PS El-Maawy; approves host of bills
His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta this morning chaired a Cabinet meeting at State House, Nairobi
- Cabinet eulogised Principal Secretary Ms. Mariamu El-Maawy, following her untimely passing on yesterday. As a show of respect to the departed Principal Secretary, Cabinet observed a minute of silence before commencing business.
The Principal Secretary will be remembered for her diligence, honesty and commitment to duty. Cabinet noted that the PS was attacked in the course of duty.
Cabinet sent a condolence message to the family and friends of the late PS and pledged support for the evacuation of the body from South Africa and in the burial arrangements.
- Cabinet approved the followingBills for submission to Parliament:
(i) The Urban Areas & Cities Amendment Bill
The Bill is aimed at amending the Urban Areas & Cities Act, 2011 in order to harmonize and cater for the classification of urban centres in the Country in a more realistic and viable manner than is provided for in the current law. In the current law, only Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu qualify to be classified as cities; 2 urban centres qualify to be municipalities, and 130 qualify on township status.
Under the proposed amendments there would be 5 cities, 64 municipalities, 66 townships and 80 market centres.
(ii) The National Irrigation Policy & Irrigation Bill
The National Irrigation Policy gives details of mechanisms through which the national government and the county governments will work together for the development of irrigation in the country.
It proposes the establishment of the National Irrigation Development Authority (NIDA) which will be responsible for implementation of national irrigation schemes, strategic irrigation schemes, trans-boundary and trans-county schemes. The policy proposes the establishment of both administrative and legal mechanisms for water harvesting, flood control and water storage infrastructure. It further proposes the establishment of a regulatory unit within the State Department of Agriculture.
(iii) The Kenya Coast Guard Service Bill
The Bill is aimed at the establishment of a Coast Guard Service and it is informed by the fact that Kenya does not have a specialised law-enforcement agency to deal with maritime issues. The role is undertaken by the Kenya Navy at present, which is not legally and operationally equipped for law enforcement, particularly in territorial and international waters.
Maritime law-enforcement would be KCGS’s main responsibility.