Amidst excitement, Tanzanians in Dodoma city are upbeat about members of the East African Legislative Assembly that have convened at the country’s august house away from the EALA seat in Arusha.
The EALA Speaker Martin Ngoga spoke to press Tuesday at the opening the 4th meeting in Dodoma.
“EALA remains steadfast in its commitment to ensure the aspirations of Tanzanians and all EAC citizens are taken into account as it carries on with its mandate,” Ngoga said.
According to the Speaker, EALA will consider the EAC Monetary Institute Bill ,the EAC Oaths Bill and reports from various Committees of the Assembly.
He also said that EALA members will also have an opportunity to interact with a number of stakeholders during the outreach programmes with citizens.
The Sitting in Dodoma is the fourth meeting of the first Session of the fourth Assembly which started on April 9th 2018 and will run through to 28th of April 2018.
This is the first time the regional Assembly which embraces a rotational principle in holding its meetings in the Partner States, is sitting in Dodoma.
Over the three-week period, Bills and resolutions are expected to be brought before Plenary.
A number of Committee undertakings are also expected – particularly on scrutiny of Bills in preparation for the forthcoming public hearings.
Currently, there are two key Bills that are pertinent to the Monetary Union Protocol.
These are the EAC Monetary Institute Bill, 2017 and the EAC Statistics Bureau Bill, 2017, both of which were introduced by the Chair of the Council of Ministers, Rt Hon Dr Ali Kirunda Kivenjija (Uganda) at the 2nd Meeting of the 1st Session held in Kampala, Uganda, in January 2018 and sailed through the First Reading.
The object of the EAC Monetary Institute Bill, 2017, is to provide for the establishment of the East African Monetary Institute as an institution of the Community responsible for preparatory work for the EAC Monetary Union.
In accordance with Article 23 of the Protocol on the EAC Monetary Union, the Bill is expected to provide for the functions, governance and funding for the Institute as well as other related matters.