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The House proceeds for April Recess
In accordance with its Sessional Calendar, the National Assembly proceeded on a month-long recess from April 07, 2017 to May 08, 2017. The recess will provide Members of Parliament an opportunity to attend to Constituency matters, and also participate in the respective Political Party primaries. As per the IEBC guidelines, the primaries are to be conducted between April 13 and 26, 2017.
Before proceeding on recess, the House considered and passed a number of Bills, including:-
1.The Movable Property Security Rights Bill, 2016,
2.The National Coroners Service Bill, 2016,
3.The Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, 2016,
4.The Public Service Commission Bill, 2016,
5.The Institute of Directors of Kenya Bill, 2016,
6.The Privatization (Amendment) Bill, 2016,
7.The Sacco Societies (Amendment) Bill, 2016,
8.The Hydrologists Bill, 2016,
9.The Prevention of Torture Bill, 2016,
10.Five sets of Election-related Regulations,
11.The Equalization Appropriation Fund Bill, 2017, and
12.Budget-related Business including Estimates for the Financial Year 2017/2018 and the Medium Term, the Appropriation Bill, 2017 and the Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2017.
This will allow withdrawal of funds from the Consolidated Fund to finance National Government projects.
The House also approved persons for appointment to State Offices including the Chairperson of the Commission on Revenue Allocation. Similarly, the House approved various Sessional Papers and Treaties for ratification. These include:-
1.Sessional Paper No. 2 of 2015 on the National Building Maintenance Policy,
2.Sessional Paper No. 2 of 2016 on the National Slum Upgrading and Prevention Policy,
3.The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kenya and the Government of the United States of America concerning Co-operation in Threat Reduction Biological Engagement Programs, and
4.The Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled.
Upon resumption from the recess on Tuesday, May 09, 2017, Business anticipated for prioritisation includes consideration of the Finance Bill, 2017, the Health Bill, 2015 (in mediation), the Division of Revenue Bill, 2017 (in mediation), the County Allocation of Revenue Bill, 2017 and a Bill to amend the Constitution to actualise the two-third gender rule (introduced by the Leader of the Majority Party). Also expected for consideration is the election of Members to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) considering that the term of the current Assembly expires on June 04, 2017.
In accordance with its Calendar, the House is expected to proceed to a sine die recess on Friday, June 16, 2017. This will give Members of Parliament enough room to participate in the campaigns gearing up to the General Elections in August. During the recess, the House may be recalled for Special Sittings in case of urgent need.