NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 20 – The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) is from Monday set to hold an 11-day sitting in Nairobi where the adoption of the EAC Gender Equality and Development Bill and the EAC Polythene Materials Control Bill will be on the top of the agenda.
According to a statement by the East African Community Secretariat, the third meeting of the fifth session of the third Assembly will be presided over by the Speaker Daniel Kidega.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to address a special sitting of the regional assembly on November 29.
The EAC Gender Equality and Development Bill, 2016 seeks to ensure there are equality, protection and development in the community.
The Treaty for the Establishment of the EAC in Article 121 recognises the significant contribution that women make towards progress of socio-economic transformation and sustainable growth and the importance of full participation of women and men in the economic and social development of the Partner States.
While the EAC Polythene Materials Control Bill, 2016 moved by Rwanda’s Patricia Hajabakiga, aims at providing a legal framework for the preservation of a clean and healthy environment through the prohibition of manufacturing, sale, importation and use of polythene materials.
The Bill was re-introduced during the sitting held in August in Arusha, Tanzania.
Also to be deliberated during the two week period are reports from various Committees of the House, including that of the sensitisation activities in the Partner States and a report on the activity with the EAC Audit and Risk Committee.
The report of the Committee on Legal Rules and Privileges on the Oversight activity on Approximation and harmonisation of the National laws in the EAC context and another on procurement of health and group staff insurance shall also be tabled.