20 May 2012

East Africa: EALA's Veterans to Attend Final Sessions Next Week

Arusha — THE East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) will conduct the last sitting of the current members during its next week's final Plenary in Arusha.

The Plenary which takes place from Monday, May 21, 2012 through Friday, June 21, 2012, is the fifth meeting of the Fifth Session of the second assembly which also marks the last sitting of the current Assembly - whose statutory political life ends on June 4, 2012.

The Assembly to be presided by the Speaker, Hon Abdirahin Abdi, shall during the two-week period listen and debate on the EAC budget for the financial year 2012/2013. The budget speech is expected to be delivered by the Chairperson of the EAC Council of Ministers, Musa Sirma on Thursday, May 24, 2012.

EALA shall during the plenary period likewise receive and consider reports from various Committees of the Assembly, consider motions and questions brought before the House. EALA shall debate on a report of the committee on general purpose on the on-spot assessment of the partner states' Policy Framework and facilitation of Civil Society Organizations' activities.

The report focuses on women, youth, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), the elderly and other special interest groups in the EAC Partner States. The Committee chaired by Hon Sebtuu Nassor is also expected to table a second report on a recent Inter-Parliamentary Forum field visit on monitoring and evaluation of various regional and national level health and HIV and AIDS interventions and responses in the Republic of Kenya.

The EALA Committee on Regional Affairs and Conflict Resolution shall present a report of the findings of the public hearings on the border communities of Kenya and Uganda while the Committee on Accounts shall table its findings on the EAC Accountability process.

The trans-boundary report of the committee on agriculture, tourism and natural resources to Lake Jipe, and another by the same Committee on the status of implementation of tourism and conservation issues, are also to be tabled during the two-week plenary. The Committee on Communication, Trade and Investment is to make public its findings on Non- Tariff Barriers (NTBs) in the EAC region.

The Committee on Legal, Rules and Privileges shall on its part present the report on the audit of EAC laws and legislation. EALA expects to inaugurate the 3rd Assembly on June 5, 2012. The 2nd Assembly has realized a number of achievements including passing 35 pieces of legislation and carrying out oversight and on-spot assessments on various programmes and projects of the Community.

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