, NAIROBI, Kenya Sept 26 – Conducting a harambee in Kenya will soon become a nightmare, once a Bill which provides for stringent measures guiding them is passed.
The Public Fundraising Appeals Bill sponsored by Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong’o provides that one shall only be allowed to fundraise if such funds are not for personal or commercial gain.
He argues that the Bill which seeks to repeal the Public Collections Act, Chapter 10 of the Laws of Kenya will promote transparency and accountability in the process of fund raising.
“The institutional architecture of the Collections Act does not align with the new devolved structure,” Nyong’o said of the bill which creates public and private levels of licensing for harambees in the country.
The public fundraising appeals shall consist solicitations made by a fund raising manager to members of the public and shall only be licensed if it benefits the general public, while the private appeals shall only be allowed if it is within the family.
Under the proposed law, there will be a Fundraising Appeals Committee which among other things will regulate and monitor the conduct and procedures of fundraising.
It also requires funds raised in such manner to be strictly utilized for public benefit.
Public fundraisers are common in Kenya where it is usually benefits disadvantaged children joining universities, weddings as well families off-setting funeral arrangements for their loved ones.