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"MPs Planning to Break Procedures?" Questions Raised After Details of What Kenyan MPs are Plotting

A file photo of president Uhuru Kenyatta arriving in Parliament.

It has emerged that the Kenyan parliament is planning to reconvene to pass the controversial Building Bridges Initiative report this coming week.

However, questions have been raised whether the House which has always been known as a House of Procedures will be breaking its own rules of engagement.

According to a report by the Sunday Standard, parliament has been a House that keeps its own traditions. One of the traditions always making decisions based of reports filed by the departmental committees.

However, it has emerged that parliament will reconvene and pass the BBI without a report of the Joint Committes on Justice Legal Affairs.

"...report or no report, we will go ahead with the sitting as the National Assembly and pass the Bill in the House,” said Mr Kimunya, the National Assembly majority leader.

It is this move that has left several people asking whether the move by Parliament will still be constitutionally binding of whether it is acceptable under the law to discuss a report without the views of the Kenyans.

The reason why the MPs might be breaking the law is because the constitution states that the public must be given a chance in participating in the law making process through giving their own input.

The BBI report will be passed without the public views that are being sought by the Joint Justice and Legal Affairs Committee hence the question, when will the views of the public be considered?

Senate Minority Leader James Orengo said the House could equally convene this week, and that he will consult with his majority counterpart to petition Speaker Ken Lusaka to call for a special sitting.

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House Kenyan Kimunya National Assembly Sunday Standard

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