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MPs revise bill that barred legislators from taking part in Harambees

MPs make major changes to Public Fundraising Appeals Bill

Parliament during a past session

Members of Parliament (MPs) have scraped off a section of the Public Fundraising Appeals Bill which barred them from attending Harambees.

The deleted section read: "An elected or nominated Member of Parliament or of a County Assembly shall not participate in a fundraising function or conduct a fundraising appeal during his or her term as a Member of Parliament."

The MPs replaced the section with a clause barring them from conducting a Harambee in their work premises.

"A state officer who takes part in a public collection shall not use the office or place of work as a venue for soliciting or making public collections; or obtain money from a person by using his or her official position in any way to exert pressure," the revised Bill now reads.

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State officers include the president, the deputy president, governors, MPs and Members of the County Assemblies as well as anyone who holds a public office.

There have been concerns that state officers use fundraisers to process proceeds of corruption.

The Bill proposes the creation of a Public Collections Committee or County Policing Authority to regulate and license state officials to participate in harambees.

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