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MPs extend timelines for passing 6 key bills

Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee (COIC) chairman Njoroge Baiya filed the Motion seeking a nine-month extension of the deadline/FILE

Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee (COIC) chairman Njoroge Baiya filed the Motion seeking a nine-month extension of the deadline/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya Aug 19 – The National Assembly has amended the Constitution and given itself until March next year to pass six Bills that had a constitutional deadline of August 27, 2014.

Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee (COIC) chairman Njoroge Baiya filed the Motion seeking a nine-month extension of the deadline.

The lawmakers managed to whip 257 members to be in the House at the time, which is above the 233 or two thirds of the 349 members needed to amend the Constitution.

“The delay in complying in presenting these legislation emanated from the delayed presentation of the draft bills from the Executive in spite of the persistent pressure put up by the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC), Constitution Implementation and Oversight Committee (CIOC) and even Parliament through the Speaker and the Leader of Majority,” said the COIC Chair.

Consensus to push the deadline was reached at a Speakers Kamukunji earlier on Tuesday morning, as the legislators knew that failure to push the deadline could have exposed the National Assembly to dissolution.

“These bills should have been here we have had since 2012 to bring them here and most of them are not even here. The ones we have, some of them are even in drafts form,” Deputy Minority Leader Jakoyo Midiwo said while seconding Baiya’s motion.

The laws are the Public Services Bill, Persons Deprived of Liberty Bill and the Environment Management and Coordination (Amendment) Bill which have already been published and introduced in the House for debate.

The other Bills are to implement Article 47 of the Constitution on fair administrative action, Article 50 on fair hearing and those to do with accounts and audits of public entities and changes to the procurement laws have not been published.

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