Parliament resumes sittings after one-month recess


File image of the National Assembly
File image of the National Assembly

In Summary

  • According to National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, MPs are running behind schedule in approving the budget estimates.
  • The lawmakers also will have to prioritize five pending Bills.
  • A section of the legislators however feel that the House should adjourn its business to debate the state of corruption in the country.

Parliament will on Tuesday, June 5 resume its sittings to a full in-tray including the approval of budget estimates to be presented next week.

According to National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, MPs are running behind schedule in approving the budget estimates.

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The August House legislators will also debate President Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech as well as pending Bills.

“I will be moving a procedural motion on Tuesday to have all departments’ estimates approved y end of the week,” said Duale.

The lawmakers also will have to prioritise the Petroleum Bill, Two Thirds Gender Rule, Finance Bill, Health Laws Amendment Bill of 2018 as well as proposed change of election date from August to December.

A section of the legislators however feel that the House should adjourn its business to debate the state of corruption in the country.

This comes after revelations that billions of tax payers money was pocketed by individuals at the National Youth Service (NYS), the Cereals Board, Kenya Power and the Kenya Pipeline Company.

MPs could also find themselves handling a petition for the removal of Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko for alleged abuse of office when he served as the Director of Public Prosecutions.

This was after a man petitioned Parliament to have CS Tobiko removed from office.

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Blamuel Njururi claims Tobiko concealed vital information before the vetting committee of Parliament over abuse of office.

Tobiko is also accused of aiding Kunini Ole Ntutu in the irregular purchase of 4,000 acres of land in the Maasai Mara Forest.

According to the petitioner, Tobiko’s law firm has been involved in dubious land deals.

He claims that Tobiko abused the legal process by allowing malicious prosecutions during his reign as director of public prosecutions.

If the petition meets the threshold for approval by the Speaker, it will be deliberated by the committee on environment chaired by Maara lawmaker Kareke Mbiuki.

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