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MPs strip governors of 'His Excellency' title

18 February 2015, 15:01 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Governors will no longer be referred to as 'His Excellency' after the National Assembly overwhelmingly passed an enactment banning the use of the title, reserved for the president, his deputy, and their spouses.

The enactment states that the governor or anyone who uses a title not entitled to commits an offence and will be liable on conviction to a minimum of one million to two million shillings fine or imprisonment term not exceeding 12 months or both punishments.

The Act termed Order of Precedence sponsored by Eldas MP, Adan Keynan according to majority of MPs who supported it held that proper use of titles by various State officers will bring order, remove anarchy and the witnessed confusion.

“I support this legislation and from today henceforth, our friends the governors are no longer referred to as Your Excellencies but Governors. This law brings order, ends anarchy and confusion where there has also been confusion in referring to the Senators who are also Members of Parliament,” said Kiminini MP, Chris Wamalwa.

The county boss will therefore be referred to as “The Governor”, Members of County Assembly (MCA) will no longer use the “Honorable” title reserved to both National Assembly and Senate members. MCAs will therefore be referred to as Members of County Assembly.

Also read: Governors risk KES 1 M fine for using excellency title

The passed law also provides that Speakers of both Senate and National Assembly Parliaments be referred to as The Right Honorable Speaker, Chief Justice referred to as Your Lordship or Ladyship the Chief Justice, Supreme Court Judge be referred to as Your Lordship or Ladyship and His Excellency the First Gentleman or Her Excellency the First Lady of the President’s spouse while the Deputy President’s spouse will simply be referred to as His or Her Excellency.

Regarding the use of sirens by State officers, the law prohibits the Cabinet Secretaries, Attorney-General, Auditor-General, and Governors who are then allowed to only fly county flags on their vehicles within their areas of jurisdiction.   

State officers allowed to use sirens as provided by the new legislation include the President and his/her Deputy, former Presidents and Prime Ministers, the Speakers of National Assembly and Senate Parliaments, the Chief Justice, the Chief of the Kenya Defense Forces and  the Inspector General of the National Police Service and former.

“Subject to the provisions of any other written law, a person, other than the State officer listed, who uses a siren on a motor vehicle commits an offense and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than one million shillings and not more than two million shillings, or to imprisonment for a term not less then 12 months, or both,” warns part of the passed law.  

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