On Tuesday in the House, a few brave MPs, and they are very few left, reminded their colleagues that the High Court had ruled against debating any motion to vote on accounts before the Finance minister tables an Appropriations Bill.
We applaud them for speaking out against a tidal wave of defiance regarding the proper procedure for validating the Budget through Parliament.
As the clock winds down on what will be the first General Election under this Constitution, it is becoming clear that the biggest threat to the hard-won freedoms that Kenyans voted for in the new Constitution is Parliament.
On the face of it, some of the proposed changes seem very innocent, but in reality they will take Kenya back to pre-2007.
An example are the proposed amendments to the Elections Act, including one that seeks to lower the academic qualifications needed for one to become President or MP, and the one meant to strike out the rule that a presidential candidate and his running mate cannot be nominated or be allowed to run for other offices.
That this proposed amendment is against the spirit of the Constitution is not in doubt. Will it pass? It is very likely the case, since it serves the interests of the Executive and all MPs without exception.
Not every proposed change in the Bill is negative, but quite a number are, enough, it appears, to make the entire document a poisoned chalice for the next Government.