31 December 2012

Kenya: Lawmakers Race Against Time to Pass Key Bills

Photo: John Fraser/IPS
Parliament has approved the pre-poll alcohol Bill.

PARLIAMENT is set to sit till 8.30 pm on Wednesday and also hold a special session on Thursday morning as Members of Parliament race against time to pass various bills before their term come to an end on January 14.

Normally, parliament sits on only on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon that ends at 6.30 and also Wednesday both morning and afternoon.

A motion has however been listed to have Parliament to also hold a morning session on Thursday and extend sitting hours to 8.30 pm.

MPs have previously raised concern over delay by the government to take the Bills to the House, risking a repeat of what happened last August when Parliament hurriedly passed bills which were later found to be erroneous. This forced Speaker Kenneth Marende to order an audit of all bills passed hurriedly.

On Thursday last week Mps were in parliament to transact business and went on a short break to resume its sittings on January 2,2013.

The life of the current Parliament expires on January 14, 2013 ahead of the March 14 elections. Which means the House has only few working days before the 10th Parliament is dissolved.

National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende expressed optimism that MPs would complete the pending legislation before parliament is dissolved.

Bills lined up for debate include the Presidential Retirement Benefits (Amendment) Bill, the Retirement Benefits (Deputy President & Designated, State Officers) Bill, the And Vocational Education and Training Bill, and the National Government Co-Ordination Bill.

Also lined up include the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority Bill, The Alcoholic Drinks Control (Amendment) Bill, the National Honours Bill, the Industrial Training (Amendment) Bill, the Public Procurement & Disposal Bill, the Special Economic Zones Bill and the Constituencies Development Fund Bill.

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