Members of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) are in Nairobi, Kenya to resume for the Fifth Meeting of the First Session of the 4th Assembly, runs until June 15th, 2018 in the Kenyan capital.
Topping the packed agenda of the Assembly, is a Special Sitting expected to be addressed by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta at a later date to be communicated.
Other key highlights of the Assembly, to be presided over by Speaker, Rt Hon Ngoga Karoli Martin, include the tabling of the EAC Budget Speech for the Financial Year 2018/19, the anticipated debate and enactment of three pieces of legislations and possible adoption of several reports.
The Bills to be debated include the EAC Community Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2018, the East African Community Appropriation Bill, 2018 and the Administration of the EALA (Amendment) Bill, 2018.
The EAC Budget speech is expected to be delivered on June 4th, 2018 by the Chair of the Council of Ministers.
The Assembly is subsequently then expected as is part of its mandate to debate and to approve the contents of the Budget speech, which is a key activity of the EAC calendar.
Other activities of the Assembly include debate on the Report of the Committee on Accounts on the EAC audited financial statements for the Financial Year ended 30th June, 2016 and the Report of the Committee on General Purpose on the EAC Budget for the FY 2018/2019.
Meanwhile, with regards to the anticipated Bills, the Administration of the East African Legislative Assembly (Amendment) Bill, 2018 moved by Hon. Susan Nakawuki Nsambu, aims to amend the Administration of the East African Legislative Assembly Act, 2012 to provide for the Assembly to be wholly responsible for its administrative and financial affairs, to streamline the functions of the Commission in order to support its financial and administrative autonomy and to provide for other related matters.
According to the mover of the Bill, at the 33rd Meeting of the EAC Council of Ministers, the Council granted financial and administrative autonomy to the Assembly.
However, the Administration of the EALA Act in its current form does not support implementation of financial and administrative autonomy of the Assembly, prompting Hon Nsambu to move the amendment to cure the lacuna.