The National Assembly Adjourns For Christmas Break
The National Assembly yesterday proceeded on a long recess, in a break that will see sittings suspended until February, 2019. In what marks the end of the Second Session of the National Assembly in the 12th Parliament, the House Business through committees also stands suspended as from December 11, until Monday, 4th February, 2019, save for investigative committees; the Public Accounts Committee, and the Public Investments Committee, whose sittings stand suspended only until Monday, 28th January, 2019, in recognition of the nature of their mandates.
In a communication to the House yesterday, the National Assembly Speaker, Hon. Justin Muturi lauded the Members for their diligence in the execution of their mandate. “I wish to commend the House for their diligence and commitment to the business of the House throughout the session.” Speaker Muturi observed.
Speaker Muturi further noted that the suspension was important so as to allow members to spend time with their families even as they attend to their constituents. He added that the break would avail Parliamentary officers an opportunity to take their annual leave and also re-energize for the next session.
Regarding the fate of pending business before the House, the Speaker ruled that all petitions and questions that had not been transacted by the rise of the House for adjournment, had lapsed, and they would have to be raised again in the new session as per the Standing Orders. However, Bills currently before the House would resume consideration, once the House resumes.
The just concluded second session of the 12th Parliament saw 11 new laws passed and get assented to, while 6 have been passed, but are awaiting the President's assent. 16 Bills among them the Energy Bill, 2017, the Petroleum Bill, 2017 and the Assumption of Office of the County Governor Bill, 2018, have also been passed, and have been forwarded to the Senate for consideration.
A total of 22 other legislative proposals are in different stages of the consideration process, while 2 bills among them, the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2018, which had sought to move the election date from August to December were negatived. The session also saw 4 bills withdrawn while the Election Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2017, lapsed. The House resumes on 12th February for the 3rd Session.