Nairobi 7th March 2022
Nairobi City County Governor H.E Ann Kananu has today signed into law the Nairobi City County Violent and Extremism and Nairobi City County Corporation Bills at City Hall.
The two Bills, Nairobi City County Violent and Extremism and Nairobi City County Corporation Bills were sponsored by the Members of County Assembly Hon. Waithera Chege MCA South C Ward and nominated MCA Hon. Kabiro Mbugua respectively.
Said the Governor, “The bills I am signing into law today is proof that the Executive and Legislative arms can come together and deliver results for the betterment of Nairobi residents”.
Speaking on the Violent Extremism bill, Governor Kananu said she was convinced that the law will enhance security within Nairobi County by identifying and eradicating extremists’ groups that are a threat to the national security.
The Governor also assured that her administration will provide a legislative framework for financing and allocating budgets to undertake programs listed in the bill on prevention and recruitment of youth in violent extremists’ groups.
Nairobi City County becomes the first to develop Violent Extremism law in the world. Said Ms. Kananu, “The fact is there is no Country in the world that has been able to domesticate prevention of violent extremism to the very grass root levels the way Nairobi County has done today. This is the first law preventing violent extremism. I know that the other 46 counties will use Nairobi County as a model law yardstick for their respective counties. Two regions that have a history of terrorism and extremism in Kenya; Laikipia and Samburu, will now strive to adopt this law”.
While thanking Nominated MCA, Hon. Kabiro Mbugua the mover of the Nairobi City County
Corporation bill, Ms. Kananu noted that the bill presents a great opportunity for Nairobi County to have County Corporations which will be good for service delivery.
Governor Kananu pointed Nairobi Water as a good example of what a corporation can do when left to focus on its core strength of providing a certain service to Nairobi residents.
Members of the County Assembly Hon. Waithera (South C Ward) Chege and John Kamangu (Ruai Ward) called for the commitment by the Executive in implementing the two bills by ensuring budgetary allocation of the bills.
County Executive in charge of Youth Affairs Ms. Lucia Mulwa gave an assurance that her department will do all it takes to ensure the Violent Extremism bill is implemented.
Said Ms. Lucia,” this is a good milestone. It was good for the Assembly to think of our youth. I commit to lead the team with the support of H.E the Governor to ensure the implementation. If we take care of the youths, we will change Nairobi”.
The County boss thanked the British High Commission in Kenya, The Tony Blair institute for Global change, The Royal Danish Embassy through Act Change Transformation (ACT) and County Governance Watch for their full support and ensuring that the violent extremism bill becomes a reality.
Ms. Kananu also appreciated the National Counter Terrorism Centre for their input and insights towards preparations of the Violent Extremism bill.