NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 8 – The National Assembly enacted 26 Bills during the Third Session which came to the end on Thursday when the MPs broke off for the long Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
The figure is however lower than the 34 bills which were approved during the Second Session, according to a schedule released by the Speaker Justin Muturi.
Among the key legislations enacted Assumption of the Office of the Governor Act, the Kenya Roads Board (Amendment) Act, Physical and Land Use Planning Act, the County Governments Retirement Scheme Act, Data Protection Act.
Others include Irrigation Act, 2019, the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act, 2019; the Supplementary Appropriation Act, 2019; the Appropriation Act, 2019; the Energy Act, 2019, the Petroleum Act, 2019; the Finance Act, 2019, the Parliamentary Service Commission Act, 2019; the Copyright (Amendment)Act, 2019; the Kenya Accreditation Service Act, 2019; the Statistics (Amendment) Act, 2019; the Health (Amendment) Laws Act, 2019; the Division of Revenue Act, 2019; the Land Value (Amendment) Act, 2019; the National Cohesion and Integration Act, 2019;the Sports (Amendment) Act, 2019; the Insurance (Amendment) Act, 2019; the Supplementary Appropriation Act(No.2), 2019; and the Kenya Roads Board (Amendment) Act 2019.
In comparison, about 100 pieces of legislation were enacted in 2017, while 71 Bills were passed in 2016. The number stood at 50 in 2015.
Bills approved by the House but awaiting Presidential Assent include Nuclear Regulatory Bill, Insurance (Amendment) Bill and Competition (Amendment) Bill.
Muturi said The Kenya Roads Bill, 2017 and the Public Private Partnerships (Amendment) Bill, 2017 which were referred to a Mediation Committee after the National Assembly rejected amendment introduced by the Senate.
The Parliamentary Pensions (Amendment) Bill by Minority Leader John Mbadi, Kiambu MP Jude Njomo’s Banking (Amendment) Bill and The Equalization Fund Bill by Tiaty MP William Kamket are among private sponsored Bill which have been debated and are now awaiting Committee of the Whole House.
During the period, two bills were lost including the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes (Amendment) Bill, which sought to reserve investigations of all corruption cases will fall squarely under the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), and the Senate version of the Division of Revenue Bill for which the Speaker disallowed debate because it was procedurally introduced into the House.