‘This will be remembered’


President Donald J. Trump hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a bilateral visit at the White House yesterday. The two leaders discussed the imminent move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to its capital city of Jerusalem, as well as the path to peace for the Middle East.

“I want to tell you that the Jewish people have a long memory,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said. “We remember 70 years ago, President Harry S. Truman was the first leader to recognize the Jewish state. And we remember how a few weeks ago, President Donald J. Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” he continued.

“Mr. President, this will be remembered by our people throughout the ages. And as you just said, others talked about it. You did it.”

The greatest challenge to the Middle East is encapsulated in one word, says Prime Minister Netanyahu.


‘Needed attention’ on infrastructure
Two top officials in Oklahoma—the state’s Governor, Mary Fallin, along with Secretary of Transportation Mike Patterson—write that “infrastructure improvement is a priority issue because of its direct impact on economic growth and stability as well as the safety and well-being of our citizens.”

The two state leaders make a convincing case:

  • In 2011, 706 of Oklahoma’s 6,800 highway bridges were structurally deficient. That number is coming down to 187 under Gov. Fallin, and the President’s “plan will allow Oklahoma to continue to prioritize infrastructure projects.”
  • President Trump’s proposal includes traditional transportation such as roads and transit, but it also supports broadband internet, water and power systems, and other indispensable pieces for a modern infrastructure system.
  • The Administration’s plan will benefit states such as Oklahoma by directing 25 percent of Federal funding—about $50 billion—for rural projects.

The bottom line? “We support the Trump administration’s infrastructure proposal for starting the dialogue about the need for these improvements,” the pair write.

Learn more about why Oklahoma’s leaders are with President Trump on infrastructure.

America to overtake Russia on oil
The United States will eclipse Russia to become the largest oil producer in the world by 2023, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.

This latest headline is yet more evidence that President Trump’s plan to achieve American energy dominance is paying off just 13 months into his term. “Together, we are going to start a new energy revolution—one that celebrates American production on American soil,” the President said last year.

According to the Journal, “U.S. crude production is expected to reach a record of 12.1 million barrels a day in 2023, up about 2 million barrels a day from this year.” What will that mean for America? “Once heavily dependent on imports from the Middle East, the U.S. is getting closer to achieving its goal of producing enough crude to meet domestic demand for refined products like gasoline,” the Journal says.

Learn more: The U.S. will be the world’s largest oil producer by 2023, says IEA

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Vice President Mike Pence at AIPAC 2018 | March 5, 2018

(Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)


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 President Trump  participated in an expanded bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven of Sweden. Later, the President met with Swedish business representatives before holding a joint press conference with Prime Minister Löfven.

Watch live at 3:30pm ET.

The Vice President Pence M participated in a phone call with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine. The Vice President then travelled to Omaha, Nebraska, to deliver keynote remarks at an America First Policies “Tax Cuts to Put America First” event.

Vice President Pence: Tax cuts are working in Iowa


In the Des Moines Register, Vice President Mike Pence writes, “When I visit Iowa on Tuesday, I’ll bring a message to the good people of the Hawkeye State: The American economy is booming — and we’re just getting started.”
The Vice President continues, “Since Day 1 of our administration, President Trump has been fighting to rev the engine of our national prosperity and restore hope to the forgotten men and women of America.” Vice President Pence notes that “since our election, businesses large and small have created 2.5 million new jobs, including nearly 12,000 new good-paying jobs in manufacturing in Iowa alone.”


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Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) writes in Tulsa World that “it’s only been two months, but tax reform is already working for Oklahomans.” Sen. Lankford notes that “many companies across the nation and across Oklahoma are using their tax savings to reinvest in their employees and add new equipment. It feels like almost every day there are new stories of employee bonuses and increased wages announced for workers.”

Critics of the recently signed tax reform law are using flawed logic to make their case, tax expert Alan Viard of the American Enterprise Institute argues. The real benefits of tax reform will be felt in the long run, Viard says. “Additional capital in the United States makes workers more productive and therefore more valuable to employers,” leading to higher wages.

In The Hill, Jay Timmons and Stephen Sandherr write that “whether large or small, companies across both the manufacturing and construction industries have expressed positive views about their future and poised to expand this year, according to recent surveys from our organizations.” Timmons and Sandherr add that “this includes optimism on the ability to hire more workers and compensate them better and the growth of the American economy as a whole.”

“Many businesses, from JPMorgan Chase to Walmart and Apple, have outlined plans to invest in expansion while boosting salaries for their lowest-paid workers,” James Langford reports for the Washington Examiner. “That has the potential to increase consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of the nearly $20 trillion U.S. economy.”



President Donald J. Trump participates in a visit with 2016 Stanley Cup Champions: The Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday October 10, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)


The Gingerbread White House made with 300 pounds of dough. 





The current tax plan is a disaster and needs to be reformed for all Americans. President Donald J. Trump is committed to bringing historic tax relief to the American people based on four key ideas – cutting taxes for every day Americans, simplifying the tax code, giving business the competitive edge, and investing in America. Today, President Trump is traveling to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to deliver this message on tax reform to the American Trucker Association.




– Rich Lowry, New York Post

Rich Lowry in the New York Post writes on President Trump’s effort to roll back the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, which was imposed with “tendentious readings of the law and sweeping bureaucratic actions.” Lowry comments President Trump “has operated within constitutional lines better than his technocratic predecessor,” and the real problem with President Obama’s environmental plan is that it must not be instituted by “strained legal interpretations alone,” which it originally was, enough so that the Supreme Court blocked “its implementation pending all the lawsuits against it.” Furthermore, although President Obama’s Climate Action Plan was designed to have an impact on global warming, Lowry reports the most it would do is “reduce the global temperature by 15 one-thousands of a degree by 2100.” Lowry concludes that President Obama’s “impatience with Congress and his administrative imperiousness,” led to presumptuous polices, and “what he imposed unilaterally is subject to unilateral reversal.”
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On tax reform, the Observer’s Peter Ferrara writes President Trump’s tax reform plan is “a large, even historic, pro-growth tax rate cut based on the same model as the enormously successful Kennedy and Reagan tax cuts,” and it is “historical facts, not opinion,” that President Trump’s plan will also “grow federal revenue.”


Regarding immigration, the editorial board of Investor’s Business Daily comments that President Trump’s 70-point immigration plan “leans heavily toward reinforcing the U.S. border against illegal crossings,” is “long overdue,” and the President is being “generous” for being open to legalizing the Dreamers while only asking Congress to “take the border seriously,” in return.


In religious liberty news, The Hill’s Jonathan Easley remarks “Trump’s presidency has been a triumph for the religious right,” as in the past week, the social conservatives faced three major gains focused on pro-life and religious freedom.


And The Associated Press reports on Ivanka Trump’s successful push to “get a family-focused tax credit included in the Republican tax overhaul proposal.” Ivanka has been busy meeting with lawmakers to gain support for the plan, stating the child tax credit will give families “the flexibility to make the best choices regarding their families’ care,” AP writes.



– Lawrence Lindsey, The Wall Street Journal


Lawrence Lindsey, president and CEO of the Lindsey Group, writes in the The Wall Street Journal that if President Trump’s tax reform package passes through Congress, “we can expect economic growth to accelerate to roughly 3.2% for the next three to five years,” which history suggests will ultimately result in higher “real” wages for workers. The bill also encourages entrepreneurship and small-business formation, “the ultimate driver of productivity growth,” Lindsey remarks before commenting that a “rise in real wages” would “lead to the first sustained decline in income inequality in more than 40 years.” If the plan passes, “The American economy will finally start working in the interest of the great middle class and not simply those at the top,” Lindsey concludes.
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On the tax reform push, Laura Olson of The Morning Call reports President Trump will pitch his tax plan to “roughly 1,000 people, including lots of truckers,” in Harrisburg, PA on Wednesday. The President plans to speak about how his plan “will benefit truckers by lowering their tax rates, boosting manufacturing, and making it easier for families to pass their trucking business onto their children,” Olson writes.


Regarding the need for a tax overhaul, U.S. Treasury Department Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Tony Sayegh writes in Wisconsin Business Voice that “it is time for lawmakers to put partisanship aside and come together to get our economy and wages growing at a much faster rate,” calling President Trump’s tax plan a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to put “America first.”


And in the Washington Examiner, Joseph Lawler reports President Trump’s tax reform plan looks to “increase the typical family’s earnings by $4,000,” an estimate that remains consistent with his argument that lowering the corporate tax rate and reforming corporate taxes will raise earnings for the American people.






President Donald J. Trump welcomes the 2017 Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins to the White House

 October 10, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

In labor news, Andy Puzder, opinion contributor at The Hill, comments that the 16-year low unemployment rate of 4.2 percent is a result of President Trump’s deregulation efforts, which have led to “businesses across the country are [sic] hiring and more Americans are [sic] working better jobs for higher pay.”



Prince Harry of Britain and the US First Lady Melania Trump.

This was Melania’s first Solo trip as the First Lady.



On Sunday the  24th, President Donald J. Trump announced the establishment of enhanced national security measures, aimed at creating—for the first time in history—minimum requirements for international cooperation to support visa and immigration vetting and adjudications for individuals seeking entry to the United States.

This is a critical step toward establishing an immigration system that protects Americans’ safety and security in an era of dangerous terrorism and transnational crime.

“Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.”


Strengthening Security Standards for Traveling to America
President Trump is taking key steps to protect the American people from those who would enter our country and do us harm. The President is putting the security of the Nation first by implementing minimum security standards for immigration, enhancing security through more rigorous vetting, and properly screening individuals coming to this country in order to ensure the safety of the American people.
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First Lady Melania Trump’s First White House Kitchen Garden Event
First Lady Melania Trump welcomed several children from the Girls and Boys Club of Greater Washington, FBR Clubhouse in Ward 8, to the White House on Friday. Along with the National Park Service (NPS), which maintains the White House grounds, the group spent time in the White House Kitchen Garden learning about the importance of the outdoors and healthy eating.

Hurricane Maria
The federal government is continuing to provide life-saving and life-sustaining resources to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. While significant progress in being made in the response to Hurricane Maria, recovery for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be long and will require the help of the whole community. As access to ports, airfields, and roads continue to open, resources will become more easily available to the hardest hit areas.
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First Lady Melania Trump and Prince Harry at the Invictus Games | September 23, 2017

(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

First Lady Melania Trump’s First White House Kitchen Garden Event
First Lady Melania Trump welcomed several children from the Girls and Boys Club of Greater Washington, FBR Clubhouse in Ward 8, to the White House on Friday. Along with the National Park Service (NPS), which maintains the White House grounds, the group spent time in the White House Kitchen Garden learning about the importance of the outdoors and healthy eating.
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Tony Romm of Recode reports on President Trump’s efforts “to supercharge the U.S. government’s support for science, tech, engineering, and mathematics” as well as coding education. Along with a presidential memorandum that devotes at least $200 million of Department of Education grand funds to STEM fields, the President’s daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump, will be travelling to Detroit to unveil “a series of private-sector commitments” that are “meant to boost U.S. coding and computer-science classes and programs” alongside business leaders from companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google, Romm writes. Recently, Ivanka has focused on how coding education will assist with workforce development, stating she hopes “all children will have the opportunity to become fluent in this language of the future,” Romm concludes.
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Regarding the Affordable Care Act, The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes that ObamaCare’s tax penalty for not purchasing insurance is being predominantly and unfairly paid by the poor and middle class.


On tax reform, Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist writes in Fox News that the “emerging tax reform and reduction legislation will deliver a strong boost to the creation of jobs, income and wealth” and that passage “looks increasingly likely.”


In USA Today, former Congressman Jon Christensen writes that “President Trump said what millions of Americans, including myself, feel” about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, saying “when millionaire athletes refuse to honor America and pay homage to the men and women who died for our freedom, and instead, choose to use their field of occupation to make a statement, then I can choose to turn the channel.”


Regarding the opioid crisis, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway write in City & State PA on the extensive efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, from over $800 million in HHS-given grants to a new five pillar strategy focused on prevention, treatment, and recovery. Price and Kellyanne state “this is an administration-wide effort to reduce the demand for drugs” and “the President is leading the way, and urging each of us to do our part.”


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THE WHITE HOUSE:-WE  pay tribute to and remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. We mourn them, we honor them, and we pledge to never forget them.


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President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and members of the Cabinet pray prior to their Cabinet meeting 2017 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)



President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump led a moment of silence at the White House in remembrance of those lost on September 11, 2001. Watch the moment of silence.
The President and the First Lady then participated in a 9/11 observance at the Pentagon. Watch the remembrance ceremony.


“US marks 9/11 anniversary with resolve, tears and hope”

– Jennifer Peltz & Karen Matthews, Associated Press


On the 16th anniversary of 9/11, AP reports on the personal stories and ceremonies taking place today. Rob Fazio has come to the place where his father, Ronald Carl Fazio, and thousands of others died September 11th. “‘I’ll come every year for the rest of my life,’ the son said. ‘It’s where I get my strength.’” President Trump spoke at the Pentagon telling extremists that “America cannot be intimidated,” and Vice President Mike Pence delivered remarks at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
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Later, the President received his daily intelligence briefing and received an update on Hurricane Irma.


Hurricane Irma Update
President Trump, Vice President Pence, and members of the Cabinet received a briefing on sunday, from Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long, and Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert on the ongoing Federal response and recovery operations for Hurricane Irma. They also discussed Federal support for Hurricane Harvey recovery, which is still in the early stages. President Trump stressed that his top priorities are life-saving and life-sustaining efforts in affected areas. The President is in regular contact with Governors currently in the path of Hurricane Irma, as well as Governors of the States and territories already impacted by the storm. He continues to extend his thoughts and prayers to those affected, while recognizing the many volunteer and faith-based organizations dedicating their time and efforts to help their fellow Americans.
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President Trump Approves Additional Disaster Declarations
Yesterday, President Trump amended the U.S. Virgin Islands Disaster Declaration and authorized an increase in the level of Federal funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures undertaken as a result of Hurricane Irma. The President also declared that a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the State of Florida, and ordered Federal aid to supplement recovery efforts.

FEMA Resources
Residents and business owners who sustained losses in designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.


President Donald J. Trump leads a video teleconference monitoring current tropical storm conditions and damage assessments in southeastern Texas, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, from a conference room at Camp David, near Thurmont, MD. Participating in the call are Vice President Mike Pence; Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly; Thomas Bossert, Homeland Security Advisor; Elaine Duke, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; and William B. “Brock” Long, Administrator of FEMA.Included on the call were various Cabinet members and other White House Senior Advisers (Official White House Photo – Shealah Craighead)

Vice President Mike Pence is in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to commemorate the 16th anniversary of September 11 at the Flight 93 National Memorial. The Vice President will deliver remarks, tour the Flight 93 National Memorial Visitors Center, and participate in a wreath laying ceremony with the friends and family of the fallen.


President Trump Welcomed the Amir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah of Kuwait
On Thursday 7th september 2017,, President Trump met with the Amir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah of Kuwait to discuss the importance of cooperation between the United States and Kuwait in defeating terrorism as well as the economic partnership the two nations share. The Amir extended his thoughts and condolences to those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
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President Donald J. Trump and Amir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah of Kuwait | September 7, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Stephanie K. Chasez)


Ongoing Federal Support for Hurricane Harvey
On Sunday, President Trump and Vice President Pence led meetings with the Cabinet and senior members of the Administration to discuss ongoing Federal support for Hurricane Harvey response and recovery. The President continued to stress his expectation that all departments and agencies stay fully committed to supporting the Governors of Texas and Louisiana and his number one priority of saving lives. He reminded everyone that search and rescue efforts will transition to mass care, restoring power, providing life-sustaining necessities for the population that sheltered in place, and economic recovery.
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President Trump Approves Texas Disaster Declaration
On Friday, President Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Texas and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey beginning on August 23, 2017, and continuing.
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President Trump Approves Louisiana Emergency Declaration
Today, President Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Harvey beginning on August 27, 2017, and continuing.

President Donald J. Trump leads a video teleconference monitoring the current tropical storm conditions in southeastern Texas | August 27, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead).

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Trump welcomes President Sauli Niinistö of Finland to the White House for a bilateral meeting and press conference.YOU CAN  Watch the Press Conference LIVE at 2pm EST.


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Meet Secretary Rick Perry.

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Secretary Perry test drove a 3D-printed Shelby Cobra, a real world example of additive manufacturing’s incredible potential. Printed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Shelby is a “plug-in-play” lab that allows research and development of integrated components and manufacturing process technologies to be tested in real time. | August 4 (Department of Energy Photo)

Coming Up This Month

Secretary Perry is in Washington State this week touring the Pacific Northwest National Lab and the Hanford Site.

DOE and VA Team Up to Improve Healthcare for Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are partnering to drive technology innovation and transform health care delivery for Veterans with the Million Veterans Program. Secretary Perry has brought in Navy Seal, Morgan Luttrell to help with this effort.
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17 National Labs Tackle Scientific Challenges
Secretary Perry has made it abundantly clear that he values the role that the DOE National Labs play in both the science and energy industries. He has already traveled to several labs across the Nation, and is continuing to do so – this week even! A recent podcast on the Labs was even given the thumbs up from Bill Gates.
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ICYMI: The United States Emerges as “Powerful Force” in LNG trade
According to data from the Census Bureau and the U.S. Energy Information Administration, with new pipeline and LNG export capacity coming online soon, the US should close out 2017 as a net exporter of natural gas, a situation that hasn’t been seen since 1957.
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8th of August declared a public holiday.

8th August,


IT IS, or it has been notified for the general information of The General public that, The Acting Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co ordination of  National Government, In exercise of The powers conferred by section 2 (4) of The Public Holidays Act, has declared that Tuesday, The 8th of August,  2017, will be a public holiday to accord Kenyans the opportunity to participate In the 2017 General Election.  





The Civil Society Reference Group (CSRG) petitioned  the A.G’s office pursuant to Article 37 of the Bill of Rights as guaranteed in the Constitution as a holder of a State Office.


The petition stems from the glaring failure of this office to appropriately advise the National Government, in particular the Ministry of Devolution and Planning and that of Interior and Coordination of National Government to respect the law as directed by the High Court (Justices Joshua Odunga on October 31, 2016 and John Mativo on May 12, 2017 respectively) that they commence the Public Benefit Organizations Act, 2013 within 14 days and 30 days respectively.

on September 9, 2016, the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning Mwangi Kiunjuri wrote to the A.G s office after a series of consultative meetings with stakeholders and civil society representatives instructing that said office gazettes a commencement date for the Public Benefit Organizations Act, a law that was assented to by retired President Mwai Kibaki on January 14, 2013 just before his term came to an end.


But rather than act with speed as had been directed by the CS who was required under the law to choose the appointed date for the coming in to force of the law, AG s office connived with the NGO Coordination Bureau specifically with the Chief Executive Officer Fazul Mahamed alias Mahamed Yusuf to sponsor and file a case challenging the gazettement of the PBO Act.






Later, on October 31, 2016 after Justice Joseph Onguto sitting in the High Court in Nairobi delivered a judgement on Petition No. 351 of 2015, in which Trusted Society for Human Rights Alliance had sued the Ministry of Devolution and National Planning directing that the law be commenced within 14 days, the A.G’s office watched as the Ministry and the Chief of Staff and Head of the Public Service Joseph Kinyua engaged in underhand manouevres to undermine justice by transferring the NGO Coordination docket from the Ministry of Devolution and Planning to that of Interior and Coordination of National Government. 

Convinced that the aim of the transfer of the docket was designed to defeat the course of justice, and to protect the Chief Executive Officer of the NGO Board Fazul Mahamed, the plaintiffs moved to the High Court again, this time around citing the CS for Devolution and Planning and, AG s office for contempt of court.


Ruling on May 12, 2017 on Petition No. 351 of 2015 and the subsequent contempt of court case that arose after the government failed to obey the court’s directive to commence the Act, Justice Mativo directed,  ruled that the minister for Interior should now follow the court’s directive or be jailed personally. Again, as in the previous instance, AGs  office kept a studious silence as the late CS for Interior disregarded the new court directives and  30-days window lapsed on June 19 without commencement of the law, despite the fact that it is your (the A.G’s) office that represented the government in the case!


Once again, Said  office, established under Article 156 of the Constitution as the principal legal advisor to the Government and legal representative in all cases in which the Government is a party, and which office is charged with the onerous functions of promoting, protecting and upholding the rule of law, failed to act and advise the relevant Ministry and departments to respect the court directives.


The instances cited are not the only ones in which the A.G s office has failed to act in public interest. 

You are aware that in November 2016, the Commission on Administrative Justice (CAJ), a Constitutional Commission to boot, recommended that the Chief Executive Officer of the NGO Coordination Board Fazul Mahamed be dismissed from office for using a fake degree certificate to secure the job. The Commission also recommended that he be surcharged for all the more than Ksh 8.5 million he had earned cumulatively as salary from when he was irregularly appointed.


To date,there is kept a studious silence on the matter, even after the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) published in the Gazette Notice its findings confirming that indeed, Fazul Mahamed used forged academic papers to get employed as the CEO of the NGO Board despite the fact that this  office is the clearing house for all gazette notices!


Recently, apparently acting out interests that are only known to the A.G  personally, his  office sprang into action when the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Science and Technology sought to reconstitute various University Councils, including that of the University of Nairobi. In your (the A.G’s) legal opinion which was published and publicised in a cross section of the print and electronic media nationally, you faulted and overruled the Education Cabinet Secretary for appointing new members to the UoN Council even “before cases related to their tenure are heard and determined”. Through a letter dated June 28, 2017 A.G’s office said that even though Matiang’i has powers to appoint members of Councils through Section 36 of the Universities Act, due procedure must be followed. In the said letter, A.G is  quoted to have written thus:



“The corresponding power regarding the removal of council members must be in accordance with the University of Nairobi Charter (2012), the Letter of Interim Authority and the State Corporations Act,” But even as you seem to have gone out of your way to proffer such sound advisory, it did not occur to you that similar cases, including refusal by the CEO of the NGO Coordination Board to reinstate staff he dismissed illegally have not merited your attention even after the Industrial and Labour Relations court directed that they be reinstated unconditionally!


It is against these acts of commission and omission that we petition your (A.G’s) office to wake up to the constitutional calling of this position as a State officer and discharge your mandate in a manner that respects, protects and upholds the rule of law, and such related values of public service as high standards of professionalism, responsive, effective, impartial, and equitable provision of services as well as accountability for administrative acts of omission and commission that have become the hallmark of your tenure as the current Attorney  General of Kenya.


We further wish to remind the A.G  of the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution that demands of all State and public officers that any authority assigned to a State Officer “is a public trust to be exercised in a manner that is consistent with purposes and objects of the Constitution” and brings honour to the nation, dignity to the office and inspires public confidence in the integrity of the office. Such purposes and objects of the Constitution are to be found in Article 10 of the Constitution that speak to the national values and principles of governance such as the rule of law, respect for human rights, accountability to the public, non-discrimination and social justice.


The Civil Society Reference Group (CSRG) is a network of Public Benefit Organizations (PBOs within the meaning of the Public Benefit Organizations Act, 2013 whose aim is to promote the establishment and realization of an enabling legal, operational and regulatory environment for local, national and international Public Benefit Organizations (PBOs) based and working in Kenya and the region. The Reference Group is thus committed to a vision of an enabling environment for effective civil society sector in Kenya that promotes ethical standards through self-regulation.CSRG Mission, therefore, is to catalyse collaborative relationships between different levels of Government, the public and other state actors and to protect and enhance an independent and effective civil society voice and agency in the public interest.


It is  hoped that the Office of the Attorney General will rediscover and take up its rightful role in the promotion, protection and upholding of the rule of law, and advise the relevant Government ministries on the imperative to obey court orders, and more importantly, move with speed to commence the Public Benefit Organizations Act as was directed by the court on October 31, 2016 and again on May 12, 2017.