National assembly resumes parliamentary sittings

Written By: Kevin Wachira

National assembly resumed sittings on Wednesday after three weeks recess that was meant to allow the judiciary dispense with the Presidential election process.

Among the business to be prioritized will be County Allocation of Revenue Amendment Bill from the Senate.

MPs debated a motion by Tinderet MP Julius Melly seeking establishment of designated service lanes for emergency vehicles on all highways.

Melly argues developed countries have set aside at least a lane on set aside on their main roads that is strictly used by emergency vehicles like ambulances, fire engines and police patrol a trend Kenya should incorporate.

MPs are expected to debate the petroleum exploration, development and production Bill as well as the Energy bill on Wednesday afternoon.

Senate’s version of County Allocation of Revenue bill is also expected to be introduced in the National Assembly this afternoon by leader of Majority Aden Duale.

Senators have made amendments to ensure all conditional; grants from development partners are in tandem with the total amount reflected in the Division of Revenue Act 2017 which is 20, 457,826,130 shillings.

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Other key business to be prioritised by the house includes appointment of members of the appointment and selection committee which vets cabinet secretaries.

The Minority party is also expected to forward their list of leadership by November 30th, 2017 to allow establishment of departmental, oversight and standing committees.

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