Clerk calls for dialogue between CORD, Jubilee as House reopens
SEE ALSO :Kepsa initiative receives Sh154m"Parliamentary staff will have to be fast-learners, quick to act, and always non-partisan in the ever-changing political climate to facilitate the smooth running of the Assembly and Parliament at large," Justin Bundi, the Clerk, noted in a 29-page document seen by The Standard. Together with the technocrats in the House, the Clerk has called on the ruling Jubilee coalition, with a significant majority in the House, and the minority Coalition for Reforms and Democracy, to embrace dialogue. "There will possibly be a need for consensus building to resolve matters between the two main coalitions to ensure more harmonious engagement as the year unfolds. This synergy will need to be built with members of the Senate as well, to improve working relations between the two Houses of Parliament," Bundi said in the report. He also expects MPs, having spent the first two years learning the ropes, will have "fully grasped parliamentary procedures and practices" and as a result will be tabling more bills, motions and questions. In the last session, 77 bills were introduced, and only 19 are now law. Four are awaiting assent, while seven are in the legislative pipeline either in the National Assembly or the Senate.
SEE ALSO :Kisumu County mulls bill on revenueFor senators, their brief will be to follow-up on the constitutionality of laws that the National Assembly approved. The coalitions are expected to hold their parliamentary group meetings next week.
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