Political parties bill sent to the Senate committee on legal affairs’ after first reading

The Political parties amendment bill 2021 has been committed to the Senate Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs.

Speaker of the Senate Ken Lusaka committed the bill to the committee after leader of majority Samuel Poghisio tabled the bill for the first reading in the senate special seating.

While addressing the house, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen,insisted that the committee must allow time for public participation on the bill before the second reading in 14 days.

The Senators will debate the substance of the bill in the second reading and propose any changes in the committee stage before the third reading vote.

Should any changes be made , a mediation committee with representatives from both houses will be convened to hammer out a compromise within 30 days.

Last week, allies of Deputy President William Ruto employed all manner of tactics, including several amendments in an apparent attempt to frustrate and defeat the bill. However, their attempts were repulsed by MPs allied to ODM leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The controversial bill was passed by the National Assembly in a chaotic session with MPs tangatanga threatening to move to court if the bill is assented by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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