MP Wamalwa opposes bill seeking to limit Harambees

Kiminini MP Dr. Chris Wamalwa addressing mourners at Forkland in Kwanza constituency on October 13, 2020. Photo/Aspect News

Kiminini MP Dr. Chris Wamalwa has opposed a bill which conditions individuals seeking to raise funds from the public to seek clearance from Government and have their accounts scrutinized.

Dr. Wamalwa said the Public Fundraising Appeals Bill, 2019, by Ndaragwa MP which seeks to overhaul the Public Collections Act by introducing new reforms is a setback to the needy.

“The conditions suggested in the bill are too tough for Kenyans from poor backgrounds that bank on Harambees to meet expenses for medication and education,” he spoke at Fork Land in Kwanza constituency.

Part of the recommendations of the Bill is the establishment of the Public Fundraising Appeals Committee, which will draw membership from the national and county governments that will be charged with regulating fundraisers.

The MP vowed to lead an opposition against the bill once it comes up on the floor of the house saying adopting such regulations will be an affront on the African spirit of sharing.

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The committee shall receive, vet and process applications before granting a license for individuals to conduct fundraisers.

The committee will also be charged with investigating complaints relating to misuse of the funds raised, conduct inspections of records and audits relating to fundraising appeals as well as maintain a register of persons licensed to conduct such exercise.

The committee will also have powers to demand any information from persons conducting or seeking to conduct fundraisers before granting a license as well as determine the compliance of persons licensed to carry out the funds drives.

Citizens seeking to conduct fundraisers in the counties will have to seek clearance from the County Policing Authority, which will receive, vet and process applications before granting a license.

Mr. Wamalwa also took issue with the selective application of the regulations on public gatherings saying the use of police to scuttle meetings of some leaders is suspect.