February 18, 2022 - 5 minutes read

18th February 2022 Parliamentary Round Up

By Francis Monyango
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

Communication from the chair relating to prioritization of individual members’ Bills

Pursuant to the calendar adopted by the House last week, the House is scheduled to hold a total of 55 sittings during the current 6th session before the Sine Die Recess which will commence on the 10th of June 2022.

In accordance with Standing Order 40(3), individual members’ business is largely considered on Wednesday mornings. A simple calculation of the remaining days indicates that between today and the date of the Sine Die recess, there are about 17 such sitting days reserved for consideration of individual members’ business. Further, as of 16th February, 2022 there are over 40 individual members’ Bills that are awaiting consideration at various stages in the House. In this regard, the House Business Committee resolved that all individual members’ Bill shall be forthwith listed in the order paper in order of their respective publication date.

Papers Laid

  • The Budget Policy Statement for the FY 2022/2023
  • The Medium-term debt management strategy for the FY 2022/2023.
  • Reports of the Auditor-General and financial statements in respect of the several institutions

Questions

  • Hon. Faith Gitau directed a question to the CS for Health to explain the nature of the recent contractual disagreements between the Kenya Association of Private Hospitals and NHIF which were reported to affect private and public hospitals.
  • Hon. Godfrey Osotsi directed a question to the CS for ICT to provide copies of the quarterly quality of service reports, if any, for all the licensed telecommunication operators in the country for the last 3 years.

Motions

  • Members of the National Assembly approved a motion on the annulment of the Public Finance Management (Sinking Fund) Guidelines, 2021.
  • Members of the National Assembly approve a motion on the annulment of the Environmental Management and Coordination (Impact Assessment and Audit) (Amendment) Regulations, 2016.

First Reading

  • The Elections (Amendment) Bill 2022 (National Assembly Bill No. 3 of 2022)
  • The Children (No.2) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 49 of 2021)
  • The Geriatric Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 51 of 2021)
  • The Political Parties (Amendment) (No.2) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 58 of 2021)

Second Reading 

  • The Health Laws (Amendment) Bill
  • The Mental Health (Amendment) Bill (Senate Bill No. 28 of 2020)
  • The Wildlife Conservation and Management (Amendment) Bill (Senate Bill No. 30 of 2020)
  • The Community Health Workers Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 30 of 2020)
  • The Public Debt Management Authority Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 36 of 2020)

Committee of the Whole House

  • The National Disaster Management Authority Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 10 of 2019)
  • The Alcoholic Drinks Control (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 70 of 2019) – business dropped
  •  The Sacco Societies (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 55 of 2021) 
  • The Public Procurement and Asset Disposal (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 32 of 2021)
  • The National Government Constituency Development Fund Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 4 of 2021)

Third Reading

The Sacco Societies (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 55 of 2021)

The Wildlife Conservation and Management (Amendment) Bill (Senate Bill No. 30 of 2020) has in essence been rejected by the Committee, it stands deferred up for mediation.

SENATE

Papers Laid

The Traffic (Driving Schools, Driving Instructors and Driving Licenses) Rules (Legal Notice No. 28 of 2020);

Report of the Auditor-General on the financial statements

Second Reading

  • The Preservation of Human Dignity and Protection of Economic and Social Rights Bill
  • The Special Needs Education Bill
  • The County Resource Development Bill 2021
  • The Elections (Amendment) Bill 

Sen. M. Kajwang’ asked when the leadership intends to reconstitute the Sessional Committees; that is the Public Accounts and Investment Committee (CPAIC) and the Delegated Legislation Committee. This is because all the tens or hundreds of reports that have been laid on the Table, will not be acted upon if those committees are not reconstituted.

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