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President Uhuru signs seven Bills into law

President Uhuru Kenyatta Friday at State House, Nairobi, signed seven Bills into law, aimed at streamlining service delivery to the public.

The Bills are: The Nairobi International Financial Centre Bill, The Kenya Trade Remedies Bill, The President’s Awards Bill, The Traffic Amendment Bill, The Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Bill, The Occupational Therapists (Training Registration and Licensing) Bill and The Kenya National Examination Council Amendment Bill.

The Nairobi International Financial Centre Act seeks to provide for legal framework to facilitate and support the development of an efficient and globally competitive financial services sector in Kenya.

This will in turn help the financial sector to generate high levels of national savings and investments through the establishment of the Nairobi Financial Centre.

The Act also establishes the Nairobi Financial Centre Authority whose task would be to establish and maintain an efficient operating framework in order to attract and retain firms.

The Authority will also develop and recommend strategies and incentive structures in collaboration with relevant agencies to attract members into a Nairobi International Financial Centre firms.

The Kenya Trade Remedies Act, seeks to provide for the establishment of the Kenya Trade Remedies Agency for the investigation and imposition of ant-dumping, countervailing and trade safeguard measures.

The law also seeks to enable the Government to take necessary measures to protect domestic industries from foreign competition and unfair trade practices arising from dumping, subsidising and import surges.

The Act further seeks to establish an independent investigation body, the Kenya Trade Remedies Agency to investigate and determine the existence of dumping and subsidization in imported products and recommend appropriate measures to be taken by the government.

The President’s Award Act seeks to provide for the conferring of awards to young persons and in particular youth who voluntarily undertake to fulfil self-development activities.

It also seeks to establish mechanisms and procedures for the undertaking of Award programmes and present young people a balanced, non-competitive programme of voluntary activities, which encourage personal discovery and growth, perseverance, responsibility to themselves and service to their community.

The Traffic Amendment Act 2017 seeks to amend the Traffic (cap 403) in order to ensure road safety near schools and also promote child safety in motor vehicles.

In particular, it provides that a person shall not drive, or being the owner or person in charge of a vehicle, cause or permit any other person to drive, any vehicle at a speed exceeding 50 kilometres per hour on any road within the boundaries of a nursery, primary or secondary school or an area used by the children when crossing to and from school as designated as a pedestrian crossing  by the Highway Authority.

The Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Act seeks to give effect to article 117 of the Constitution that provides that there shall be freedom of speech and debate in Parliament as the Occupational Therapists Act seeks to make provision for the training, registration and licensing of occupational therapists. It also seeks to regulate their practice, provide for the establishment, powers and functions of the Occupational Therapists Council of Kenya.

The Kenya National Examination Council Amendment Act 2016, seeks to amend the Kenya National Examination Council Act in order to ensure the integrity of the examination and education system in Kenya. The law in particular creates the offence against the member, officer, agent or staff of the council whose omission or commission leads to an examination irregularity.

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