The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) resumes its Sessions in Arusha, Tanzania, next week. The First Meeting of the Fifth Session of the Third Assembly takes place from Monday, August 22nd 2016 to Friday, September 2nd 2016.
The Assembly is to be presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon Daniel F. Kidega. Top on the agenda during the two-week period is debate on the Report of the Committee on Accounts on the EAC Audited Accounts for the Financial Year ended 30th June 2015.
The report which examines and considers the EAC Audited accounts for the year ended 30th June 2015, arises from the audit of the EAC Organs and Institutions including 20 projects and Programmes and this in accordance with Article 134 of the Treaty for the Establishment of East African Community.
Upon completion of the audit, the EAC Council of Ministers tabled the Report of the Audit Commission to the House on 24th May 2016. The Audit Commission's report which indicates that the overall budget performance stood at 65% is set for debate at a time when the Community is facing a precarious funding situation.
The House is further expected to consider a Report of the Committee on Agriculture, Tourism and Natural Resources on the oversight activity on the Tourism in the EAC Region.
Also coming up for debate during the two-week period is yet another report of the Committee on Agriculture, Tourism and Trade, this time on the oversight activities on poaching in the EAC Region.
As part of its engagements with the other stakeholders in the region, EALA will similarly receive a key report on youth matters at the EAC, a culmination of research undertaken by the East African Institute (EAI), a think-tank under the aegis of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
Also on the cards is yet another presentation by the Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) on Horizontal Accountability of the Executive to the Legislature in African perspective.
EALA Sittings are held under the principle of rotation in line with Article 55 of the EAC Treaty. At the same time, the Assembly works closely with various stakeholders and receives petitions on matters of relevance to the Assembly.
Source: Rwanda Focus.