The National Assembly will Wednesday April 8, 2020 hold special sittings to discuss COVID-19 pandemic.
The Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi Tuesday evening acceded to a request by the Leader of the Majority Party Aden Duale, to hold special sittings of the House.
The Speaker of the National Assembly @SpeakerJBMuturi has today acceded to a request by the Leader of the Majority Party @HonAdenDuale to hold Special Sittings of the House on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, from 10.00am.
— National Assembly KE (@NAssemblyKE) March 31, 2020
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Top on the Agenda is the Laying of the Covid-19 Emergency Funds Regulations and The Supplementary Budget Estimates.
The special sittings to start in the morning will consider the following matters:
(1)Laying of various instruments relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, namely.
- the Public Finance Management (COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund) Regulations, 2020;
- Supplementary Estimates for the FY 2019/20 & related documents; and
- any other Paper(s) relating to measures to address the pandemic and related emergencies.
- Conveyance of a Message relating to the nomination of a CEO to the National Government Constituencies Development Fund Board.
3. Conveyance of any other Message from the Senate or the National Executive.
4. Consideration, at all stages, of the Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 which contains part of the legislative measures to address the taxation regime occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
5. Consideration of motions on:-
- Persons nominated for appointment to the Teachers Service Commission;
- Persons nominated for appointment to various Constituency Committees of the NG-CDF;
- The Public Finance Management (COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund) Regulations, 2020; and,
- Any other legislative measures to cushion the country from the effects of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka announced a raft of measures that allowed only 28 selected senators to be in the House chamber during its sitting this afternoon.
This was in line with measures intended to curb the spread of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The Senate reconvened Tuesday afternoon to debate the Division of Revenue Bill, 2020. Senators and staff aged 58 and above were encouraged to work from home in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive.
In a communication read by Speaker Lusaka on the floor of the House, the selected Senators will be required to wash their hands before entering the chamber.
The Senate also moved a motion for the establishment of an ad hoc committee that will work jointly with members of the National Assembly to consider executive measures announced last week which seek to address the effects of the disease which has already seen 59 Kenyans infected.
Some of the executive interventions require policy and administrative action while others require legislative interventions.