In Summary
  • Facebook machines are programmed to load our pages with what might be popular, based on our likes, or what our friends might like to see on our pages
  • Despite the importance of the Senate, it has been in turf wars with the National Assembly that has criticised it and fought it back.
  • If this, or the next, government, got serious about tackling the escalating budget deficit, in all arms of government, the Senate would likely be on the chopping block.

This week, those on Facebook have probably seen some reminders that it is exactly four years since the 2013 elections. Last Saturday, mine read “..while you were sleeping President Moi voted at Kabarak...”

Facebook machines are programmed to load our pages with what might be popular, based on our likes, or what our friends might like to see on our pages, and which new stories Facebook thinks we may like to see.

Real sinister stuff that my friend Nanjira shared in an essay from The Atlantic.

While there is still a tiny possibility that the election date may change, with new registration and procurement hurdles being placed before election officials, and a December date bill still lurking in the National Assembly, both houses of Parliament have adjusted their schedules to prepare for the elections.

In introducing the calendar for the National Assembly last month, Majority Leader Aden Duale said that while Parliament would recess in June, MP’s could still be summoned, such as in the case of war or an emergency. But, nevertheless, they would be paid until August 2017.   

On the other hand, Senators will be on recess for the whole of March, from the 3rd to the 27th, and then for another four months from April to August 2017. In between, they will have some sittings such as to attend the President’s State of the Nation speech on March 15.

LACK OF RESPECT

Senators have also not connected with the public. While this week also marked the fourth year of devolution with a conference, and colourful newspaper pull-outs full of achievements that governors say they have delivered, there is little mention about Senators.

It is unfortunate that Senators would rather spend most of 2017 out campaigning rather than being in the Senate.

Many will be vying for Governor or National Assembly seats, with others even going for MCA, Women’s Representative and (for now) the office of President.

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