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Economy

Published in Issues & Legislation May 21 2015 0

An economy or economic system consists of the production, distribution or trade, and consumption of limited goods and services by different agents in a given geographical location. The economic agents can be individuals, businesses, organizations, or governments. Transactions occur when two parties agree to the value or price of the transacted good or service, commonly expressed in a certain currency.

Hon. David Musila has numerously contributed to the enhancement of the Kenyan economy. For instance, in the motion named Public Finance Management (Uwezo Fund) Regulations of December 3, 2013 Page 30-32, Senator Musila advocated for the availing of civic education towards the sensitization of people towards government money herein various funds awarded by government for socio-economic development and any terms and conditions connected to the aforementioned.

On the motion regarding the Approval of Report of the Mediation Committee on the Division of Revenue Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 15 of 2014) of July 22, 2014 Page 18-19, Senator Musila pushed for marginalized communities to be accorded a portion of the Equalization Fund.

Senator Musila pushed for the allocation of resources by the CRA to also be geared towards the correction of disparities in development that exist today since some counties were reeling with underdevelopment especially poor infrastructure under the Adoption of Finance Committee Report on Consideration of Second Generation Criteria for Resource Allocation, February 26, 2015 Page 10 and Page 12.

In discussion of the budget, Senator Musila was of the opinion that more funds need to be channeled towards the health sector at the counties level as seen in this motion dubbed- Adoption of Finance Committee Report on the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement of February 26, 2015 Page 32-35.


A strong national defense safeguards the interests of the Republic of Kenya and ensures that we preserve the blessings of liberty. To that end, Senator Musila has championed, reviewed and introduced legislation to strengthen our national security.   

A unifying moment for protecting our nation’s security interests came in the formation of the Constitution Committee to Undertake Security Review in Kenya on the March 6, 2014 Page 32-34 Kenyan Gazette.

The Senator is concerned with security for all as was seen in his worry over a fellow Senator having to survive and carry out his senatorial duties without protection as seen in his opine in the motion- Withdrawal of Sen. Muthama’s Security, November 21, 2013 Page17.

During the Motion of Adjournment under S.O. 33: Spate of Insecurity in the Country on May 8, 2013 Senator Musila advocated for police and intelligence forces to be more vigilant to ensure national security is attained. As well as citizens maintaining peace and unity for purposes of achieveing national security as seen in the motion over the Rising Incidents of Insecurity in Wajir and Lamu Counties, June 24, 2014 Page 37-38.

 


Senator Musila has been a champion against the pollution of rivers such as the Tana as well as against blatant dumping thus creating dumping sites that are an eyesore in major towns as well as a health hazard. Senator Musila advocates for simple environmental management as seen in the following motions Protection of Tana and Athi Rivers from Pollution of June 26, 2013 Page 10-11 and Development of Waste Management Regulations and Facilities of November 27, 2013 Page 11-12 (Morning).

 


A leader is one who by all means possible works for the better of the people he/she represents. Tourism, natural resources and agriculture are one of economic pillars in Kenya and therefore by all means possible they should be protected. Kitui is not listed a key tourism destination in Kenya but it is rich in natural resources and conducive climate for agriculture and irrigation farming.

Hon. David Musila believes Kitui County’s potential in food production and mineral exploitation can be fully tapped for the benefit of the residents of Kitui County in particular and Kenyans in general. He has been in the fore front in ensuring that the natural resources in Kitui are beneficial to the local people. In Mui Basin for instance, he has ensured that the Coal will benefit the locals by establishing a liaisons committee in the coal reach region that looks into the issues of the exploitation, benefits to the locals and land compensation issues.

Hon. Musila’s legislative muscles are not only limited to Kitui but also to the whole Kenyan population. For instance, he supported a motion on the state of livestock in the country as beef is a very common or rather staple meat in the country and thus livestock should be vaccinated. He also insisted that the sorry state of the KMC grounds has reduced the quantity and quality of beef production that previously could see our Republic export beef if the grounds were not grabbed. He also advocates for affordable if not free vet services to poor animal holders as well as abiding to the laws set forth with regard to vaccinations, quarantines and the likes as seen in the motion of the Kenya Establishment of Livestock Disease Free Zones in ASAL Areas of July 10, 2013 Page 9-10 (Morning).

Hon. Musila advocates for policies to be put into place, that are conducive to making food production the backbone of our Kenyan economy through the motion- Provision of Cheap Credit to Farmers by the AFC, November 19, 2013 Page 10-11.

Hon. Musila seconded a motion on the significance of producing potatoes for matters of food security by encouraging farmers to grow the cash crop as well as setting a cooperative in the society to regulate and co-ordinate any processes vital to potato farming, harvesting and the ultimate sale of the same to ensure Kenyans are fed as well as revenue being generated as per his reflections in the Potato Produce and Marketing Bill (Senate Bill No. 22 of 2014), December 4, 2014 Page 30-31.


Telecommunication occurs when the exchange of information between two entities (communication) includes the use of technology. Communication technology uses channels to transmit information (as electrical signals), either over a physical medium (such as signal cables), or in the form of electromagnetic waves. The word is often used in its plural form, telecommunications, because it involves many different technologies.

As part of Senator Musila’s efforts towards the strides and improvements in technology with regard to telecommunication, Senator Musila avers that the mobile telephony sector is vital for socio-economic development and thus, he championed the government to accord a policy framework of partnerships with private telephone network providers, to provide mobile telephone services to hitherto neglected parts of the country.

The Senator also urged all County Governments to provide budgets to supplement mobile telephone providers to develop mobile telephone networks in areas deemed to be not economically viable with a view to ensuring that 100% mobile telephone penetration is attained in Kenya by the year 2017 as per the discourse christened Provision of Mobile Telephone Services in Marginalized Areas brought forth on June 13, 2013 and June 19, 2013 as per the senate proceedings.


Healthcare

Published in Issues & Legislation May 16 2015 0

Health care is the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in human beings. Health care system is the organization of people, institutions, and resources that deliver health care services to meet the health needs of target populations.

Providing an efficient heath care system is a key to having a wealthy nation. Hon. Musila inherited very few dispensaries and health centers when he was elected to parliament in 1998 as a member of Mwingi South constituency, he constructed and operationalized a total of 54 new health facilities ensuring that there is at least a dispensary within a radius of 5 Kilometers. He also established 2 district hospitals in Migwani and Nuu districts in his tenure as a member of parliament.

When Hon. Musila took office as a senator for Kitui County, he has been a leading voice for the Establishment of Level Five Hospitals in all 47 Counties as on June 18, 2013 as well as the Establishment of County Public Health Complaints Board September 17, 2013. In fact, these are the first pieces of legislation he filed upon being Senator with regard to Health in his first year in office.

Through a motion labeled Policy Framework for Development of Emergency Lanes in Nairobi brought forth in October 9, 2013, Senator Musila proposes a policy framework for a special lane for emergency services is a very good idea averring that it will save lives in case of emergency services particularly when used by ambulances and fire fighting engines.


Transport infrastructure is a critical ingredient in economic development at all levels of income. It supports personal well-being and economic growth and plays a role as a capital input into production and wealth generation.

Hon. David Musila has been a warrior in this sector. He has countlessly fought for improvement in infrastructure in not only Kitui but in the entire nation. For example on 14th, 15th morning, 15th afternoon and 16th May 2013, Senator Musila was an audible champion of better roads and infrastructure in the country to allow for economic development as well as accessibility to areas as is encapsulated in his motions dubbed- Measures to Address Roads Development across the counties.

Well maintained roads allow citizens easy means of transport whilst saving time and energy which can be injected towards socio-economic development. Good roads means increased revenue by the influx of investors, traders as well as settlers as has been seen severally in the house when he made inquiries as to the upgrading and tarmacking of the Kibwezi-Kitui-Mwingi Road, Road B7.

The strange motion presented before the house under Development of Policy Framework for use of Cable Cars in Tourism, October 9, 2013 Page 6-7 (Morning) did not augur well with Senator Musila because he believes that all areas deserve better roads before first introducing cable cars to ferry tourists while roads are dilapidated.


You can download the Kenya County's Budget allocations 2013/2014 Budget allocations by clicking the link below

Kenya County Budgets 2013-2014



Speech

Published in Senate Assembly May 14 2015 0

ADDRESS TO THE KITUI COUNTY ASSEMBLY ON THURSDAY, 19TH MARCH 2015 BY SEN.DAVID MUSILA, MGH; MP

Mr. Speaker, honourable members invited guests, ladies and gentlemen……….

First and foremost, I want to thank God for the opportunity to be with you today.

I was pleased and indeed honoured by Mr. Speaker’s invitation for me to address, this August Assembly of the Kitui County. Mr. Speaker, on 27th August 2010, we, the citizens of our beloved country promulgated a new constitution after two decades of agitation for it. Among the key pillars of the new constitution is devolution, which is enshrined in chapter eleven.

 Mr. Speaker, in March 2013, exactly two years ago, Kenyans went to the general elections and elected their leaders. All of us seated in this chamber today were honoured by the people of Kitui County and elected as their leaders. We are all products of that election. County Assemblies, like all other elective institutions therefore, are very important institutions of the new devolved County governments. No one, not members of the National Assembly, not Senators, Not even governors can down play your importance in ensuring that County governments succeed, because they must succeed. Do not be intimidated by anyone! I want to pledge to you that as your Senator for Kitui County I will do everything to support and protect this County Assembly both in and outside the Senate to ensure that you exercise your mandate fully. In this connection, I would like to confirm that the National government has, through the Senate allocated the following resources to Kitui County:

 2012/2013            Sh.273,698,415

2013/2014            Sh.5,314,985,989

2014/2015            Sh.6,540,498,549

 Already there are indications that during the coming 2015/2016 financial year Kitui County’s allocation will exceed Ksh.7billion. I am also vigorously pursuing allocation for the Equalization fund which I am hopeful will also be forthcoming. While on the issue of allocations, I am aware, and indeed the Senate is aware, that County Assemblies, including the Kitui County Assembly are currently unable to effectively execute their mandates because of shortage of funds following the imposition of ceilings in the budgets by the CRA and the Controller of budget. As far as the Senate is concerned these ceilings are unlawful and were not approved by us. We will do everything to have these ceilings removed so that your work is not hindered.

Why is devolution so important in Kenya? Mr. Speaker, 52years ago, Kenya attained her independence after a serious struggle whose history you all know or ought to know. However, despite the over five decades of independence, the Country has been characterized by uneven development. During the over 50 years of independence, National resources were and have always been distributed to the favored few areas, based on the people in power.

Consequently, many counties, including our own, have remained seriously marginalized. Take infrastructure and water for example: there are today counties which do not have even a single tarmac road when other counties have these roads crisscrossing their landscape. Can anyone here tell me why the Kitui-Kibwezi Road which is category B is to date not tarmacked? Today, our county is experiencing serious water shortage, this notwithstanding the fact that the National government had promised Kenyans that by the year 2000 water would be in every household. We can say, as far as we are concerned that water resources have become even more scarce than ever before. Since I grew up for instance, I found my mother travelling long distances to queue for this commodity. Water was being scooped from river beds. It is the same story even today - the only new development is that my mother who is now 90years old used gourds to fetch water but today her great grandchildren have plastic jericans. Why am I giving this analogy? Because it is devolution, through equitable sharing of National resources that will bring water to the people, improve our infrastructure, bring quality health near to our people and improve general wellbeing of our people. We must all therefore, support devolution. This is why the CORD Coalition has been calling for increased share of revenue from the current 15% in the Constitution to at least 45% of the current government budget - not last audited accounts. Hon. Members must, therefore support the ‘Okoa Kenya’ initiative for the prosperity of counties.

One of the most important functions of the County Assembly, in addition to legislation is set out at article 185(3) which states inter alia “A County Assembly, while respecting the principle of the separation of powers, may exercise oversight on the county Executive Committee and any other County Executive Organs.” In my view, if devolution is to succeed, County Assemblies must oversight the Executive without fear or favour. It is through this oversight that the people who you represent can receive fairness from the Executive and value for money for projects undertaken on their behalf by the County government. I take this opportunity, Mr. Speaker to congratulate members of this Assembly including yourself for the oversight role they have been playing especially through the recent tours of projects. This exercise must not cease as it is a major function in ensuring that good governance of the County is exercised by the Executive across the board. In doing this however, the Assembly must be guided by facts and not rumours or hear say. It is in this regard deplorable that the Controller and Auditor General has delayed or neglected to carryout audits for most County governments, including Kitui County. This has rendered the oversight work of the County Assembly and even the Senate difficult.

Mr. Speaker, Corruption in Kenya today has reached high dimensions. Virtually in every procurement in government and even in Private Sector it has become fashionable that money exchanges hands. Corruption has been so pandemic in Kenya that it has even gone into agencies that are mandated to check it, including EACC. The recent revelations of corruption being practiced in the National Assembly, the body that is supposed to oversight the National Executive, is of much concern to all of us. It is a great shame not only to the National Assembly but to the entire Nation.  As a County we must not allow corruption to be devolved into our County and we must all exercise vigilance and ensure that all activities by the County government, whether it is in employment, procurement or general use of Public resources is done transparently and honestly. There can never be two ways to this!

Mr. Speaker, allow me to turn to the issue of Ethics by Members of the County Assembly. Chapter 6 of our Constitution underlines what kind of behavior is expected of all of us. The purpose of this chapter was to set standards of behavior which would carry this country forward. Unfortunately, there have been instances where as leaders we have not behaved as leaders in the eyes of the public. The recent fights on the floor of some Assemblies, allegations of corruption in Parliament and in some Assemblies, all these do not portray us well as leaders. I implore on all of us to study chapter 6 of the constitution and try to uphold certain leadership and ethical standards which are set therein. Again, Mr. Speaker, let me take this opportunity to praise the honourable members of this County Assembly. Their behaviour in and outside the Assembly has been exemplary. Kitui County can be said to be one of the most peaceful counties in the Lower Eastern Region, if not in Kenya. Not that there have not been or will not be issues where Hon. Members will differ among themselves or even with the executive. The guiding principle has been and will always be frank disclosure of issues, followed by dialogue to resolve issues when they occur. As your Senator I will always be at your disposal to provide any guidance or advice as you may require. Maintaining peace and harmony among all leaders will ensure that this County’s leaders save all their energies to foster development and prosperity of our people.

In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, I appeal to all of us, even as we start our 3rd year of our leadership since the last elections to rededicate our energies to serving our people. Our County has enormous challenges but with the unity of leaders, I am certain that we can make a difference for the better. May God be our guide in everything that we shall do as leaders of our great County.

God Bless you all.

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