Senators Now Move to Tame MPs’ Excesses in New Bill

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A senator has sought to clip the excesses of the National Assembly and end the frequent infighting between the two Houses of Parliament over legislation.

Mutula Kilonzo Jr (Makueni) has developed a Bill to compel either Houses of the to seek concurrence on all Bills they originate.

“Upon the publication of a Bill, and before the Bill is read a First Time in the House originating the Bill, the speaker of that House shall seek the concurrence of the other House,” it says.

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The determination of the Nature of Bills (Procedure) Bill, 2018, seeks to anchor Article 110 (3) of the Constitution, which provides for the concurrence of the two Houses on laws originating from either side.

Mutula’s proposed law is coming at a time when the Senate and the National Assembly are embroiled in protracted and bitter supremacy wars over their mandates.

While senators have accused their counterparts of undermining and blackmailing them on legislation and oversight, MPs have accused them of duplication of roles and threatened to abolish the Senate.

Already, senators, led by Speaker Kenneth Lusaka, plan to move to court next week to sue National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi for ignoring them when passing laws.

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