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Speaker Muturi recalls MPs from recess to debate crucial bills

Friday, December 17th, 2021 08:44 | By
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi. Photo/PD/File

MPs have been recalled from recess for four special sittings next Tuesday to discuss among other business, the Supplementary Budget.

In the Supplementary Budget, the National Treasury will be requesting for money to fund the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) second national registration drive.

Treasury will also ask MPs to allocate money to the Education ministry ahead of reopening of schools in January.

Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi (pictured) has since approved the sittings set for Tuesday, 21 and Wednesday 22, which will run for two sessions daily, morning and afternoon.

“Hon Members, you are notified that,  on a request  of the Leader of the Majority party, the Speaker has approved Special Sittings of the House to be held next week, Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd December 2021, (Morning and Afternoon),” reads the notice.

Business to be transacted include, Approval of appointment of the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission; (2) Approval of appointment of Members of the National Gender & Equality Commission; (3) Third Reading of the KIRDI Bill, 2020; (4) Consideration at all Stages of the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill, 2021; (5) Consideration of the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill, 2021; (6) Senate amendments to the NHIF (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

New guidelines

During the State of the Nation Address, President Uhuru Kenyatta asked MPs to consider cutting short their December long recess to pass pressing bills currently pending in Parliament.

In particular, the President pleaded with the lawmakers to pass the NHIF (Amendment) Bill 2021, which is currently before the Senate to allow the Fund to commence operations under the new guidelines.

This means that the Senate is also likely to be recalled to pass the NHIF Bill which is before it before it is referred back to the National Assembly.

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