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Governors risk KES 1 M fine for using excellency title

26 March 2014, 17:12 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The National Assembly (N.A) has proposed a fine of KES 1 million in the tabled National Flag, Emblems and Names (Amendment) Bill for Governors and County Assembly members who insist on using the titles of Excellency and Honorable Member.

The N.A members will consider the proposal by the Parliament’s Justice and Legal Affairs committee that proposes the fine increase from the current KES 100 000 as a punitive measure limit Governors and Assembly members from using the titles. Other than raising the fine, the committee also proposes a one-year imprisonment term for any officer who defies the law.

The official titles for government officers are contained in the Fourth Schedule of the National Flag, Emblems and Names Bill where it only guarantees the President and his deputy to use the Excellency title.

The N.A’s Justice and Legal Affairs committee proposes stripping County Assembly members of the title, Honorable Assembly Member to the Member of County Assembly title.

The committee also proposes both the N.A and the Senate Speakers to use the Right Honorable Speaker while County Assembly Speakers to use Honorable Speaker title.

Moreover the proposed bill classifies Senators under Members of Parliament office hence will retain the Senator title while MPs will use the Honorable Member of Parliament title.

The Bill further guarantees only the President and his deputy, Speakers of the two Houses and the Chief Justice the right to fly the national flag on their vehicles. It adds that Governors can only fly a County flag, emblem and name if their respective County Assembly legislates the provision for the same.

Cabinet Secretaries, the Attorney General, the Auditor General are not considered in flying the national flag on their vehicles and so far, Cabinet Secretaries have been stopped from using flags on assumption that some have been using it wrongly by overlapping to evade traffic jam even when not on public appointments.

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