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House Clerk accused of ‘overruling’ Speaker

Saturday, January 28th, 2023 05:30 | By
National Assembly clerk Samuel Njoroge. PHOTO/Courtesy

A parliamentary committee is embroiled in a dispute pitting Speaker of the National Assembly Moses Wetang’ula on regulations that are in force without the approval of Parliament.

The MPs are accusing Clerk of the National Assembly Samuel Njoroge of contradicting a communication issued by the Speaker on the regulations.

Delegated Legislation Committee of the National Assembly chairman Samuel Chepkonga (pictured) said the Speaker made a ruling on the matter and the Clerk cannot “invent” his own.

The Speaker’s communication issued on November 30, 2022, on the status of Statutory Instruments made by bodies that have not been transmitted to the House for tabling, singled out Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) and Teachers Service Commission among others, for implementing regulations that have not been approved by Parliament.

Money laundering

The CBK circulars limit the largest cash transactions up to Sh1 million. CBK’s Banking Circular Number 1 of 2016 (Additional Guidelines on Large Cash Transactions), reminded banks and other financial institutions of the requirements in the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act and its regulations on the legitimacy of funds and keeping track of large cash transactions.

Yesterday, the committee held a meeting in Mombasa over the matter and resolved that it was unwarranted for Njoroge to issue the statement.

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