Equipping everyday people to make the law.
We understand the important work that law does in (dis)ordering society, in distributing resources, in classifying people, rights and property and in disciplining human conduct. We also know that the law can be a liberating and decolonizing tool.
Understanding the inequalities in our society, we work to make legislation accessible and understood to society, we empower society to question and interrogate law and its power, we encourage everyday people to be involved in the process of making and remaking the law through public participation.
Taking seriously the Constitution’s idea of the sovereignty of the people and of public participation in legislation, we created a project that facilitates regular wananchi to have their voices heard.
We do this through a three-part solution: information, issue-framing and feedback gathering. We give accurate, impartial and user-friendly information about Bills currently before the House (National Assembly and the Senate), frame the salient issues for consideration, and collect feedback.
The feedback is then presented to the House for consideration.
Put another way, we lubricate the conversation between lawmakers and citizens.
Do you want to make the law? Do you want to make your voice heard?
Senate is looking to delete sections 4(3) and (4) of the KEMSA Act, which require county governments to purchase their medicines and medical supplies from KEMSA as well as make it an offence for officers in charge of procurement to source these items from other suppliers.
The proponents of the Bill claim that KEMSA has been inefficient and ineffective in supplying adequate drugs and medical supplies.
The Bill is sponsored by Senator Naomi Shiyonga.
You can read the full text of the KEMSA Amendment Bill here and the KEMSA Act it seeks to amend here.
The Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, No. 46 of 2021 (Senate)
Should Kitui County be split into two to create Kitui County?
In this Bill, Senate is considering a proposal to create Mwingi County by splitting Kitui County into two. We presented a public participation memo to Senate on 21st October 2021. The Bill is now before the Justice, Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee and comes up up for Second Reading on 27th December 2021.
The Elections (Amendment) (No.3 )Bill, Senate Bills No. 48 of 2021
Should politicians be allowed to use their popular (or nick) names on ballot papers?
In this Bill, Senate is considering an amendment to the Elections Act that would allow politicians to use their popular names (nicknames) on ballot papers.
We presented your views through a public participation memorandum to Senate in October 2021. The Bill is now before the Justice, Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee.
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