Kenya MPs boycott forces parliament to take a break

NAIROBI (BERNAMA-NNN-KBC) – The National Assembly will be forced to take a three weeks break just a day after resuming following the delay in the constitution of key House committees.

Business in the National Assembly is at a standstill after the opposition NASA failed to forward members to sit in various department committees.

So far no departmental committee has been formed at National Assembly or the Senate and the House leadership has given the minority party three weeks to present a list of its representation.

The opposition NASA has refused to participate in parliamentary duties including forwarding its leadership to the house which should consequently forward names of members to sit in various department committees.

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi was forced to shelf various petitions and regulations that require consideration of the house to allow the minority party agree on its leadership.

According to house standing orders, departmental committees must have representation from both the majority and minority parties.

However, if the minority party fails to beat speaker’s deadline of establishing leadership and membership of various committees, the speaker will rule on whether the committees will be formed without representation from the minority party.

Members rearranged their calendar and will now break for three weeks to allow Supreme Court dispense with presidential petitions. There are eight select committees namely constitution implementation oversight; regional integration; implementation; delegated legislation; CDF, budget and appropriation; appropriations; appointments; and the committee on the election will also be filled.

The House Business, Procedure and House Rules; Liaison; Privileges; Catering and Health Club and the Pension committees are also due to be constituted.