30 November 2012

Kenya: MPs Desert Parliament

Parliament was yesterday forced to break off early due to lack of quorum.

Temporary Speaker Ekwee Ethuro postponed the sessions to Tuesday after he was informed that the house lacked quorum.

Chepalungu MP Isaac Rutto complained to the Speaker that MPs were handling crucial matters without a quorum.

This comes barely three days after the lawmakers resumed the sittings after a one-month break.

The House could not garner the minimum 30 members required for business to be transacted.

The ringing of the bell to call MPs back to the chambers did not make the situation better. The House was adjourned at 4.41pm though the session was supposed to proceed to 6.30pm.

There are 222 MPs in Parliament.

The MPs are supposed to pass close to 51 bills before the expiry of the term of the Tenth Parliament on January 15.

Rutto yesterday complained that MPs risk passing crucial bills is a hurry and pleaded that proposed laws which are not urgent be left out for the next Parliament.

Yesterday, the MPs were supposed to debate the Elections Campaign Finance Bill, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Bill, the Elections (Amendment) Bill and the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill.

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