, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 20 – Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi has barred MPs from travelling outside the country until next Thursday to ensure Constitution implementation bills are approved.
Muturi made the communication during the afternoon sitting where he said the move is meant to ensure MPs attend House sitting and participate in parliamentary debates on the nine bills currently before the House.
“Until this matter is resolved I have directed that there will be no approval of travel outside Kenya by any member between now and the time the House proceeds on recess which is on August 27,” The Speaker stated.
Parliamentary protocol requires that MPs get clearance from the Speaker before travelling abroad.
The House Speaker was on Thursday forced to postpone debate on a special motion seeking House approval to extend the period to enact constitutional bills to next August after it was established the required 233 MPs threshold to vote on the matter was not realised.
At the same time, Muturi announced that the he will convene a Speaker’s Kamukunji on Tuesday to discuss the matter touching on the constitutional amendment alongside the disbursement of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
“My office has received communication from the leadership of the House indicating that their meeting resolved that a Speaker’s Kamukunji (informal sitting of the House) be convened on August 25, at 12 noon in the National Assembly Chamber to deliberate on the motion moved by the CIOC chairman seeking the approval of the House to extend by 12 months period in respect with constitutional timelines of August 27, 2015,” he said.
This after the House leadership meeting convened by House leaders Aden Duale (Garissa Township) and Jakoyo Midiwo (Gem) reached consensus on the matter and reported that they will brief members during the Tuesday Kamukunji.
The Bills that MPs want time to debate are the Legal Aid Bill 2015, the Magistrates Courts Bill 2015, the Controller of Budget Bill 2015, the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill 2015, Organisation and Administration of the Court of Appeal 2015 and the Organisation and Administration of the High Court Bill 2015.
The Community Land Bill 2015, Physical Planning Bill 2015 and the Protection and Ownership of Indigenous Plants and Varieties Bill 2015 will also be eligible for the fresh deadline.