EALA set to elect Speaker after Monday’s failed attempt

December 19, 2017 9:11 am
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Kennedy Musyoka takes the oath of office in Arusha, Tanzania/COURTESY

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 19 – The East African Legislative Assembly is set to resume sittings Tuesday morning with the election of the Speaker being top on the agenda.

The election was delayed Monday after Tanzania fielded a candidate but this was opposed by fellow member States who argue it is ineligible since it has held the position before.

Member States opposed to the stand argue the position should be held on a rotational basis.

Rwanda and Burundi are both eyeing the position of the Speaker.

Kenya, Sudan and Uganda sided with Rwanda, while Tanzania supported Burundi.

Earlier on Monday, legislators were sworn in 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.

Other elected nominees from Kenya include Mpuru Aburi, Aden Noor, Wanjiku Muhia, Oburu Oginga, Abdikadir Aden and Fatuma Ibrahim.

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.

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