MPs to hold special sittings to beat deadlines

May 21, 2015 3:56 pm
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Leader of Majority Aden Duale has written to the Speaker asking him to recall the House from its long recess and convene special sittings on Tuesday and Wednesday/FILE
Leader of Majority Aden Duale has written to the Speaker asking him to recall the House from its long recess and convene special sittings on Tuesday and Wednesday/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 21 – The National Assembly will hold four special sittings next week in a bid to beat Wednesday’s deadline to enact five Constitution implementation laws.

Leader of Majority Aden Duale has written to the Speaker asking him to recall the House from its long recess and convene special sittings on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The sittings will facilitate consideration of the Senate Amendments to the Public Audit Bill, Senate Amendments to the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Bill, Senate Amendments to the Fair Administrative Action Bill and the Mediated Version of the Environmental Management and Co-Ordination Amendment Bill.

“Pursuant to Standing Order 29(3) of the National Assembly, it is notified for the information of the Members of the National Assembly and the general public that four special sittings of the National Assembly shall be held in the National Assembly Chamber in the Main Parliament Buildings, Nairobi on Tuesday, May 26 at 9.30am and at 2.30pm and Wednesday, May 27 at 9.30am and 2.30pm,” Muturi said.

In addition, Duale says the House will consider the Budget Appropriations Committee Report on the 2015/2016 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure of the National Government, Parliamentary Service Commission and Judiciary, in time for National Treasury Secretary to present the Budget highlights.

The Speaker however declined to approve Duale’s request for the House to ratify the Protocol on Development and Operation of the Standard Gauge Railway within the framework of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects.

According Duale, the protocol has ratification deadline on June 2, 2015 adding that Kenya was the only country to ratify the international agreement.

The Speaker also shot down the request to have First Reading of the Companies Bill and the Insolvency Bill done during the Special Sitting.

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