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Do you know which bills require concurrence of Senate?

The controversial Affordable Housing Bill now awaits presidential assent to become law after Members of Parliament passed it without amendments even as a section of opposition colleagues walked out of the chambers in protest (People Daily, February 22, p.2).

The bill, which seeks to anchor the 1.5 per cent housing levy on both salaried and income-earning Kenyans in law, was given the nod by the National Assembly yesterday and is now headed to the Senate where, if adopted, it will be forwarded to the President for assent (Standard, February 22, p.4).

Next day: However, the bill will be subjected to another hearing by the Senate for concurrence before the President assents to it. A bill involving counties must be approved by the Senate (People Daily, February 23, p.4)

Sasa swali ni, will the bill be taken straight to the President for assent or it will first go to the Senate? PD first stated the Affordable Housing Bill will go straight to the President for assent, but said the opposite the next day, agreeing with Standard. So, what is the truth? Bills touching county governments require consideration by both Houses, according to Article 109(4) of the Constitution. See Parliament’s booklet on legislative process here. County governments are employers, so this bill will go to Senate. The law is very clear.

The sports fraternity was hit hard last week following the deaths of two great distance athletes, Kelvin Kiptum and Henry Rono, who touched the world greatly with their phenomenal performances that altered the phase of athletics (Nation editorial, February 19, p.13). Is it “phase” or “face”? And this is seeing things in silos. The deaths Kiptum and Rono are not just a loss for “the sports fraternity”. Is the death of a renowned professor a loss only to the “academic fraternity”? Or death of a pioneering doctor a loss to the “medical fraternity”?

Banks to dig deeper into their pockets in new licensing plan (Standard, February 19, p.19). People digging deeper into their pockets is a popular expression with Kenyan scribes to graphically describe rise in prices or hard economic times generally. But banks? They too have pockets and hands? Or is this personification?

Why American wants to be dully recognised as a Kenyan citizen (Nation, February 20, p.3). The correct spelling is “duly”, meaning as required; appropriately.

On February 14, this year, businessman Jayesh Kumar Kanji was seen with his wife and child walking along Kodi Road in Nairobi West (Standard, February 21, p.5). This story appeared exactly a week after the incident, so it would be clearer to the reader to say “last Wednesday” instead of “on February 14, this year.”

President William Ruto’s troops yesterday railroaded their Azimio counterparts to pass the bill anchoring the contentious housing levy (Star, February 22, p.8). Inaccurate. The word “railroaded” here has the meaning of coerced/forced. No evidence supplied.

Plans by President William Ruto’s administration to introduce additional taxes to raise more revenue has kicked up a storm (Nation, February 23, p.4). Plans…have, not “has”.

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