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MCAs Pass New Law Allowing Governor, Deputy, Assembly Speaker Fly Official Flags in County

Kajiado governor, his deputy and assembly speaker will soon be hoisting official flag on their vehicles once a new Bill is assented into law.

Hon. Rebecca Kipino chairs legal affairs committee.

 The assembly on Thursday last week passed the county emblems, symbols and names Bill 2018 that will legally allow the governor, his deputy and the speaker to hoist official flag on their vehicles.

 The assembly amended National Flag, Emblems and Names Act, Cap.99 to allow the county CEO and the assembly speaker to hoist official flag but rejected a proposal by the legal affairs committee that had included members of the county executive committee to also hoist official flag.

MCAs led by Kaputiei North ward representative argued that if CECs are allowed to fly official flag, members of the assembly would also be considered. The amendment was immediately effected and CECs were disallowed.

 The governor is now expected, any time this week, to assent to the the Bill into law and make Kajiado county the first in the country to pass such a law.

 County assembly committee on justice, legal services and delegated legislation under the chairmanship of nominated MCA Rebecca Kipino sponsored the Bill after subjecting it to public participation.

 Kipino yesterday told the Kajiado News Update she is excited after the Bill was passed with amendments last week, and that she is optimistic governor Joseph Lenku will assent it in to law before the end of the week.

 The assembly removed the county senator from those who will fly the flag on submissions and views that he doesn’t have an official vehicle.

Kipino said other that hoisting the official flag on their vehicles, a county flag will also be hoisted at all official functions attended by the governor or CECs at the headquarters of county government, head offices of sub-counties, Wards and villages.

The flag will also be hoisted at the county assembly, public schools, hospitals and at places where the governor will be officially addressing the public.

The three from Left County Assembly Speaker Johnson Osoi, Governor Joseph Lenku and his deputy Martin Moshisho will start flying official flag in county.

 County official flag will also be hosted at all places where national flag is hosted in the region.

 The governor and any visiting governor shall  be referred to as His Excellency the Governor and the same will apply to the deputy governor and his visiting deputy governor.

 Speaker of the assembly and a visiting speaker of another county shall be referred to as honourable speaker in the new law.

 Members of the assembly and a visiting member of another county assembly shall be referred to as honourable member of the county assembly once the new Bill is passed in to law.

 The CECs be referred to as honourable member of the executive. Wife of the governor to be referred to as Her Excellency the first lady.

The passed Bill, according to the chair of the legal committee, seeks to address protocol issues on salutation to be used to address the wife of the governor.

 The inclusion of His/Her excellency the governor/ the Deputy governor, according to Kipino, is because the holder of office can be of both genders.

Any individual found flouting the law regarding the official use/misuse of the county flag shall be liable to a fine of Sh10, 000.

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