Proceedings at regional parliament end prematurely

Proceedings at the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) came to a premature end after regional politics delayed the election of the speaker.

The exercise was postponed to Tuesday following a dramatic walkout by Tanzania and Burundi legislators.

The development coming after EALA MPs took the oath office on Monday

After several weeks without transacting business owing to Kenyans domestic wrangles over the list of its nominees, the EALA is back to life.

The assembly began its business by swearing in its nominees, Kenya producing nine representatives including Simon Mbugua who took the slot of Chairperson, Kennedy Kalonzo Vice-Chairperson and Florence Jematiah the Secretary.

Others are Oburu Oginga, Aden Noor, Mpuru Aburi, Wanjiku Muhia, Abdikadir Aden and Fatuma Ibrahim.

The EALA legislators will be responsible for approving budgets for the region and debating audit reports among other legislative agenda.

However Monday’s business turned dramatic during the election of speaker after legislators from Tanzania and Burundi walked out of the chamber causing a quorum hitch.

This even as MPs from other member countries argued that the house rules do not provide for the stopping of the election of the speaker based on quorum.

Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania are among countries in the region that have shown interest in the Speaker post. The new EALA Speaker will take over from Daniel Kidega of Uganda.


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