House proceeds to recess, plenty of priority business awaits Members early next Session

Thursday, December 14, 2017 marked the conclusion of the First Session of the National Assembly in the 12th Parliament. The Sitting saw the House adjourn its sittings and proceed to a long recess until Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 2.30 p.m. pursuant to the Standing Orders and Calendar of the House.

The First Session commenced on August 31, 2017 with the Members elected into the National Assembly in the newly elected 12th Parliament taking oath of office. Thereafter, the 12th Parliament was inaugurated by H. E. the President on September 12, 2017 as required pursuant to the provisions of Article 132 (a) of the Constitution and Standing Order 21 (1) of the National Assembly Standing Orders and Standing Order 21 of the Senate Standing Order.

The Session also saw Members taken through orientation and induction programmes. The two programmes were geared towards ensuring that the Members of the National Assembly were adequately equipped to perform their functions as required by the Constitution as the operations of the House commenced.

Just to highlight some of the key work done by the House during the session, the House transacted business as follows-

 

(i)                Bills - 15 Bills were introduced in the House, 3 Bills were passed, 2 were assented to, 1 was not assented to within the period prescribed by the Constitution therefore is taken to have been assented to; 4 Bills underwent the Second Reading and are now awaiting consideration in the Committee of the whole House. 2 Bills were withdrawn by the mover.

(ii)                Motions - 64 Motions were introduced. Out of these, 27 were procedural Motions.

(iii)               Sessional Papers - 5 Sessional Papers were considered and approved.

(iv)            Legislative proposals - 45 legislative proposals were submitted for processing and publication into Bills and are awaiting consideration by the Budget Committee and respective Departmental Committees. These legislative proposals are mainly by individual Members and will result into what is commonly referred to as “Private Member” Bills upon publication.

(v)               Petitions - 8 Petitions were presented and are awaiting consideration by the relevant Committees.

(vi)             Communications from the Chair/Considered Rulings and Guidelines - 15 Communications from the Chair/Considered Rulings and Guidelines were issued.

(vii)            Messages to and from the Senate - 5 Messages were sent to the Senate while 6 Messages were received from the Senate.

(viii)          Messages form H. E. the President - 2 Messages were received from H. E. the President regarding the referral of the Institute of Directors of Kenya Bill, 2016 and the Refugees Bill, 2016 received after the 11th Parliament had proceeded to Sine Die recess. The two Bills have since lapsed.

(ix)              Papers Laid - 400 Papers were laid on the Table of the House. Such Papers are then forwarded to the relevant Committees for consideration.

(x)                Statements - 10 Statements were made by various Members on varied subjects.

 

The Session concluded business with election of the 9 Members who will represent Kenya in the East African Legislative Assembly. The elections that were held by the both Houses of Parliament, the National Assembly and the Senate saw the following Members elected after garnering the most votes in their clusters – the Hon. Aburi Mpuru Lawrence, the Hon. Aden Omar Abdikadir, the Hon. Ali Ibrahim Fatuma, Mr. Kalonzo Musyoka Kennedy, the Hon. Mbugua Ng’ang’a Simon, the Hon. Muhia Wanjiku, the Hon. Nooru Mohamed Adan, the Hon. Oginga Oburu and Ms. Sergon Jematiah Flowrence.

 

The Session however concluded on a very sorrowful note following the passing on of one of the senior-most Member of the August House, the Member for Kitui West Constituency, the Late Hon. Francis Nyenze who passed away on December 06, 2017 while undergoing treatment at the Nairobi Hospital. He was a very experienced Legislator who had served in many senior positions in and out of Parliament having served as a Minister in several Ministries between 1997 and 2012. He also as the Leader of the Minority Party, Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) in the 11th Parliament. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

 

The House having approved Membership to various select Committees on Thursday, December 14, 2017, it is expected that the Second Session of the 12th Parliament will be very busy as Committees play a very critical role in facilitating Business for plenary including public participation in the legislative processes.

 

When the House resumes for the Second Session which will commence on Tuesday, February 13, 2017 the following is some of the key business expected to be transacted during the Session;

(i)  Appointment of Members to the House Business Committee pursuant to provisions of Standing Order 171.

(ii) Appointment of Members to the Parliamentary Service Commission.

(iii)  Vetting and Appointment of Members to any Office or Commission that may be required.

(iv) Approval of the Budget Policy Statement for the Financial Year 2018/2019.

(v)   Passage of the Division of Revenue Bill, 2018.

(vi)   Passage of County Allocation of Revenue Bill, 2018.

(vii)  Approval of the Report of the Budget Committee on Estimates for the Financial Year 2018/2019.

(viii)  Passage of the Appropriations Bill, 2018.

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