Senate to Hold a House Business Committee Meeting

Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka [Photo: The Standard]

The Senate will today hold a House Business Committee meeting, ahead of a special sitting on Tuesday next week to consider the  Political Parties Amendment Bill 2021.

This is after the bill was passed in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka says he has already received a request from the House leadership to hold a special sitting for the first reading of the bill.

According to Majority Leader Samuel Poghisio, the bill will have to be committed to the Senate committee on Justice and  Legal Affairs led by Nyamira Senator Okongo Omugeni for processing. 

The committee will have to conduct public participation on the bill before bringing it to the house for the second reading. 

If the Senate makes any substantial changes, the bill will have to be taken back to the National assembly for debate on the changes. 

Any disagreement between the Senate and the National Assembly will force the two houses to constitute the mediation committee to harmonize the bill before its taken to President Uhuru Kenyatta for signing into law. 

This comes after efforts by Members of Parliament allied to the Deputy President William Ruto to amend a number of clauses on the bill, were shot down by their handshake counterparts.

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