NAIROBI, Feb 9, The two houses of Parliament, the National Assembly and the Senate, reconvened Tuesday afternoon for the fourth session after a two months recess.

Top on Parliament’s agenda is the budget as well as bills allocating and sharing funds to counties.

The extension of the Transitional Authority term, bills proposing the amendment of the constitution and the reconstitution of various committees will also feature prominently in this session.

The supplementary budget is expected to be tabled first to enable Treasury to release funds for government institutions as well as constitutional commissions to operate.

The National Assembly will first have to deal with the supplementary budget from Treasury seeking to have parliament okay the release of funds for government institutions as well as constitutional commissions.

IEBC has just recently requested for 45 billion shillings for a period of three years to prepare for next year’s general election. A section of MP’s are also keen to propose the amendment of the political parties act to allow for defections with the elections just 17 months away.

The senate on the other hand is expected to start from where it stopped last session with the appointment of a select committee to spearhead the processing of the draft constitution of Kenya amendment bill 2015 through popular initiative to give the house distinct duties being one of its main agenda.

The reconstitution of the Public Investment committee, the Public Accounts committee and the Budget and Appropriations committee of the National Assembly is expected to generate intense lobbying among MPs in the coalition parliament as they seek to place themselves in the key committees.

Meanwhile, Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Sicily Kariuki has challenged Kenya women parliamentarians to ensure the quick passage of the bill that will ensure the realization of the 2/3 gender principal.

Kariuki said the 86 women parliamentarians in the 11th parliament have a role to mentor and pass legislation that will create an inclusive environment for young women who aspire to be leaders.

The Cabinet secretary who spoke during a meeting with Kenya Women Parliamentarians KEWOPA said Kenya has made tremendous progress in bridging the inequalities gap especially in the economic, social and political spheres.

She said women in leadership positions have a mandate to speak out against violence against women especially harmful practices including FGM.

The CS called for support to ensure affirmative action programmes reach the intended beneficiaries. She said her ministry is working to narrow the gap in education as well as ensure that women and youth play a part in peace-building and conflict prevention

Source: KBC