, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18 – East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) MPs were sworn-in on Monday with the election of the Speaker being however delayed.
The election was put off after a quorum hitch due to a walkout by Tanzania and Burundi legislators.
It was not immediately clear if the vote would take place later on Monday.
The House convened following the successful election of the nine representatives of the Kenyan Chapter with Simon Mbugua taking the slot of Chairperson, Kennedy Kalonzo Vice-Chairperson with Florence Jematiah the Secretary.
The lawmakers pledged to give “true and faithful service to the assembly and bear true allegiance to the East African Community.”
Kenya became the last of the six East African Community partner states to elect its nine representatives last week, ending a six-month delay.
Other elected nominees from Kenya who were sworn-in include Mpuru Aburi, Aden Noor, Wanjiku Muhia, Oburu Oginga, Abdikadir Aden and Fatuma Ibrahim.
The nine – with their colleagues from other partner States – will be responsible for among other things approving budgets for the region, debating audit reports, performing an oversight function and initiating bills in the assembly.