The Star (Nairobi)

19 December 2012

Kenya: 10th Parliament Passes a Record 173 Bills

The 10th Parliament goes into history as having enacted the most laws since the country's independence.

MPs have so far passed 173 bills since they were sworn-in 2008 and with only a few days remaining before Parliament's dissolution, the lawmakers are expected to pass at least 10 more bills.

In 2008 Parliament passed 17 bills, amongst them the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill and the National Accord and Reconciliation Bill which paved the way for power sharing between President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Other crucial bills passed in 2008 include the National Cohesion and Integration Bill that created NCIC and the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Bill that established TJRC.

In 2009, Parliament passed only nine bills notable one being the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Bill. In 2010, MPs passed 15 bills that included the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution Bill that created CIC. In 2011, Parliament passed 40 bills including the Vetting of Judges and Magistrates Bill that established the vetting board for judicial officers.

Other important legislations enacted in 2011 include the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Bill which established IEBC, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission Bill that created the salaries commission and the Supreme Court Bill that established the Supreme Court, a court higher than the Court of Appeal.

Other notable bills passed in 2011 include the Elections Bill, the Political Parties Bill, National Police Service Commission Bill, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Bill, the Commission on Revenue Allocation Bill and the Unclaimed Financial Assets Bill.

In 2012, as of December 11, Parliament had passed a record of 92 bills. Notable legislations passed this year include the County Governments Bill, Transition to Devolved Governments Bill, National Land Commission Bill, Leadership and Integrity Bill, and the Prevention of Terrorism Bill.

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