The curtains, on Tuesday evening, came down on the 12th Parliament following the conclusion of Senate’s business that saw the debt ceiling revised to Ksh. 10 trillion and passage of the Lifestyle Audit Bill that has been marred with controversy. An analysis of this House – the second bicameral Parliament since the enactment of the 2010 Constitution – shows a mixed legacy of a high level of legislative performance clouded by failure to be Wanjiku’s defender as anticipated by the Constitution.
This August House weathered political tensions at the onset of its term that were shortly followed by the famous Handshake and resultant fallouts and new alliances which would shift and influence its work.
The Houses transacted several issues. In the National Assembly, 3893 Papers were laid, 761 Motions sponsored, 2148 Questions sought, 304 Petitions presented and 362 Bills introduced. Out of these, 140 Bills were passed and 114 assented to by the President, the report states. Senators, on the other hand, considered 137 Bills, sponsored 360 motions, presented 362 petitions, tabled 1703 Papers and sought 838 statements that were referred to the relevant committees for consideration.
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