THE 4TH EAST AFRICAN LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY COMMENCES ITS SITTINGS

On, Monday, December 18, 2017, Members-elect from the Six Partner States of the East African Community (EAC) – the Republic of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda – took oath of office as Members to the 4th East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) in Arusha, Tanzania. The swearing-in of Members and the subsequent election of the Assembly’s Speaker marked the inauguration of the 4th Assembly that effectively set in motion the commencement of the legislative agenda of the regional Assembly. Among the Members who were sworn-in were the nine (9) representatives from Kenya who were elected by the Houses of Parliament of Kenya on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Out of the total twenty-five (25) candidates, fifteen (15) of the candidates were sponsored by the Jubilee Party, while eleven (11) were fronted by the National Super Alliance (NASA) Coalition. The candidates were: Abdulaziz Ali Farah, Aburi Donya Dorice, Aburi Mpuru Lawrence, Bundi Justin Nthiiri, Karanja Eunice Njeri, Kosgei Jackson Kipkemoi, Masit Irene Cherop, Mbugua Simon Ng’ang’a, Muhia Wanjiku, Muriuki Joe Muriithi, Njee Elizabeth Wangui, Nooru Adan Mohamed, Nyachae Charles Ayako, Sergon Flowrence Jematiah, all sponsored by the Jubilee Party. Others were Abubakar Abubakar Zein, Aden Abdikadir Omar, Ali Fatuma Ibrahim, Amugira Norman Magaya, Kalonzo Kennedy Musyoka, Marwa Jane Moroge, Maviala Loy Mwandi, Mochoge Justus Onsongo, Munyasia Angela Mueni, Mutunga-Syengo Beth Kalunda and Odinga Oburu Oginga backed by the NASA Coalition.

 

Upon conclusion of the tallying exercise, which was done in the two Houses of Parliament, the Senate and the National Assembly, the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Hon. Justin B.N. Muturi, EGH, MP, being the Returning Officer in the National Assembly and acting pursuant to Rule 19(d) of the East African Legislative Assembly (Election of Members) Rules, 2017, declared nine (9) candidates with the most number of votes garnered as duly elected Members to the 4th East African Legislative Assembly. Those elected were 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, in alphabetic order.

 

The East African Legislative Assembly is established under Article 9 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community, as one of the key organs of the community bestowed with the cardinal function of furthering the ideals of the Community through representation, legislation and oversight. Article 49 sub-article 2 of the Treaty assigns to the assembly the functions of legislating on matters of the Community; liaising with National Assemblies of Partner States on matters relating to the Community; debating and approving the budget of the Community; considering annual reports on the activities of the Community, annual audit reports of the Audit Commission and any other reports referred to it by the Council; discussing all matters pertaining to the Community and making recommendations to the Council as the Assembly may deem fit for the implementation of the Treaty; establishing Assembly committees for the purposes of carrying out its functions; recommending to the Council the appointment of the Clerk and other officers of the Assembly; making its rules and those of its committees for the orderly conduct of its business; and performing any other functions as are conferred upon it by the Treaty.

 

The Assembly has a term of five (5) years and the term of the just-inaugurated Assembly shall come to an end on December 18, 2022.

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