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Busia County Assembly enacts new standing orders

01 December 2014, 22:57 Jane Zack

Busia - The County Assembly of Busia has enacted new Standing Orders to enhance effectiveness in its operations.

Addressing journalists in the Busia County Assembly premises, Speaker Bernard Wamalwa said that the biggest role of any assembly is to ensure proper representation of the electorate through addressing issues afflicting them on the floor of the assembly.

He said Busia County Assembly is the third among the 47 assemblies in the country to customize the National Assembly Standing Orders they have been using since coming into place in 2013.

Wamalwa said that he is now convinced that the assembly is on track and will be able to deliver the expectations of the people of Busia.

“Though the document we passed on Thursday might not be perfect the public will definitely see improved services. It will now see a more effective assembly; the committees will be able to deliver more, accountability at the committee level will move a bar higher and the quality of debates will certainly improve with time.” Wamalwa stated.

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He added that the new rules and regulations will give the Members of County Assembly a chance to reorganize the assembly in terms of delivering their mandate.

The Speaker appealed to members of the public to now take chance of the new Standing Orders and the spacious assembly chambers to avail themselves during debates in order to be able to listen and follow up what is happening there.

“When we reopen the assembly in February for our next session we expect the public to come to the assembly as it belongs to them. Let them come and participate as what takes place there is for
their sake.

“What we are calling the public to realize is that the chairpersons of the committees from now henceforth shall be able to play their oversight role effectively. Issues from the executive will now get directly to the floor of the house and the public shall be able to participate directly.” He explained.

Wamalwa further disclosed that among the rules in the new Standing Orders is that the assembly will now be able to hold sittings regularly in all the seven Sub Counties of Busia.

“This is one of the landmark decisions we have made as a County Assembly. It will now be mandatory for the assembly to hold sessions at the Sub Counties at least twice a month in order to give residents of respective Sub Counties a chance to come and listen to debates.

“This is just among our constitutional duties  in relation to public participation where the public shall be able to come out and sit with members and experience issues affecting them being raised in a public forum. “The speaker stated adding that this is a new dispensation that will see improved service delivery.

He declared that the doors of the assembly are now open for all residents to present public petitions on matters afflicting them rather than leave the task to MCAs alone.

Wamalwa said the public has not taken advantage of the public petitions right accorded to them by the constitution to bring their own bills to the assembly for debates yet they are facing many challenges that if brought to the assembly can be resolved.

“You have a right to make petitions in order to be heard. All you need is to draft and forward your own bills to the office of the Clerk of the County Assembly who will in turn bring them to the floor of the assembly for debate. “He said.

He said the committees will only be able to summon the executive members at the committee level.

- MyNews24

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