The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) will start its Fifth Meeting of the Fifth Session of the Third Assembly in Kigali next week from Monday, March 6th to Thursday, March 16th.
The speaker of the Assembly, Daniel F. Kidega will preside over the Sitting while President Paul Kagame is expected to address a Special Sitting on March 6th in line with Article 64 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the EAC as is customary whenever EALA sits in the Partner States.
The three key bills on the agenda are the EAC Gender Equality and Development Bill, 2016, the EAC Polythene Materials Control Bill, 2016 and the EAC Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Bill, 2016.
The EAC Gender Equality and Development Bill makes provisions for gender equality, protection and development in the Community. The Treaty for the Establishment of the EAC in Article 121 recognises the significant contribution that women make towards progress of socio-economic transformation and sustainable growth and the importance of full participation of women and men in the economic and social development of the Partner States.
The EAC Polythene Materials Control Bill aims at providing a legal framework for the preservation of a clean and healthy environment through the prohibition of manufacturing, sale, importation and use of polythene materials. The Bill was re-introduced during the Sitting held in August 2016 in Arusha, Tanzania.
The EAC Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Bill aims to provide a legal framework for matters relating to sexual and reproductive health, to protect children, adolescents and young children from sexual abuse and other forms of exploitation and to provide for assisted reproductive technology and for related matters.
Also to be deliberated on during the two week period are reports from various Committees, including that of the Communications, Trade and Investment Committee on the status of the Railway Infrastructure Development in the partner states and another on the oversight activity on the One Network Area in the EAC.
A report on the newly established EAC Institutions and another one on the Pastoral cross border Communities of Longido, Tanzania and Kajiado in Kenya shall also be tabled and debated. The latter report follows an oversight activity carried in the Kenya-Tanzania border by the Committee on Regional Affairs and Conflict Resolution while the former is as a result of an oversight activity by the Assembly’s Committee on Accounts.