, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 3 – President Mwai Kibaki has prorogued Parliament with effect from Wednesday.
A special legal notice said the President had prorogued Parliament with effect from February 3 in exercise of the powers conferred on him by section 59 (1) of the Constitution of Kenya.
The President has subsequently announced that a new session of Parliament will begin at Parliament Buildings in Nairobi on February 23, at 2.30 p.m.
The President proclaimed the new session of Parliament in exercise of the powers conferred on him by section 58 (1) of the Constitution of Kenya.
The prorogation of Parliament ends a session.
This is done by the President by means of a proclamation published in the Kenya Gazette. The House stands prorogued until the opening of the next session.
During a period of prorogation (or recess), the Speaker remain in office and all Members of the House retain their full rights and privileges.
The principal effect of ending a session by prorogation is to end business. All government Bills that have not received Presidential Assent prior to prorogation cease to exist; committee activity also ceases.
Thus, no committee can sit after a prorogation.
In order for government Bills to be proceeded with in a new session, they must be reintroduced as new Bills or they may be reinstated, if the House agrees to this.
The Standing Orders provide for the automatic reinstatement of all items of Private Members\’ Business in a new session.
Committee work may also be revived either by motion in the House, or in committee, depending upon the nature of the study.
Prorogation does not affect Orders or Addresses of the House for the tabling government reports required to be tabled by statute.
Requests for responses to committee reports or petitions are still valid following a prorogation. These continue in force from one session to another, but are ended by dissolution.