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Senate Speaker convenes special sitting over Political Parties Amendment bill

Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka has convened a special sitting on January 25, 26 and 27 aimed at dispensing the Political Parties Amendment Bill.

In a gazette notice, Lusaka advised all the senators to attend the crucial house sittings which will have morning and afternoon sessions.

“With the support of requisite number of Senators, I have appointed Tuesday, 25th January, 2022, Wednesday 26th January, 2022 and Thursday, 27th January, 2022 as days of special sitting for the Senate,” read the notice in part.

The morning sessions will commence at 10am while the afternoon sessions are slated for 2:30 pm.

The bill has been a thorn in the flesh of politicians, splitting the National Assembly into two, with the Azimio faction supporting it, while MPs allied to Deputy President William Ruto opposing it.

The legislation would allow a coalition of parties to field a candidate in the poll, a departure from the current law that requires a candidate to belong to a party or be independent to vie for a seat.

After it sailed through at the National Assembly, it is now the turn for the Senate to discuss and dispense of it.

According to the Senate calendars, the Senate will then adjourn to February 8.

Among other bills to be discussed will be the County Governments (Amendment) Bill, Heritage and Museums Bill, County Oversight and Accountability Bill and Intergovernmental Relations (Amendment) Bill. 

Austine Ogalo
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