EA leg­is­la­tors to hold sit­tings in Nairobi from to­day

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries And Judiciary -

The East African Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly will hold the third meet­ing of the fifth Ses­sion of the third as­sem­bly in Nairobi from to­day un­til De­cem­ber 1.

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta is ex­pected to ad­dress the regional as­sem­bly’s spe­cial sit­ting on Novem­ber 29.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment, the two key bills on the agenda are the EAC Gen­der Equal­ity and De­vel­op­ment Bill, 2016, and the EAC Polythene Ma­te­ri­als Con­trol Bill, 2016.

The Gen­der Bill makes pro­vi­sion for gen­der equal­ity, protection and de­vel­op­ment in the com­mu­nity.

The Treaty for the Es­tab­lish­ment of the EAC in Ar­ti­cle 121 recog­nises the con­tri­bu­tion that women make to­wards so­cioe­co­nomic trans­for­ma­tion and sus­tain­able growth. It also recog­nises the im­por­tance of full par­tic­i­pa­tion of women and men in eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment of part­ner states.

The Polythene Con­trol Bill, moved by Pa­tri­cia Ha­jabakiga, aims at pro­vid­ing a le­gal frame­work for the preser­va­tion of a clean and healthy en­vi­ron­ment through the pro­hi­bi­tion of the man­u­fac­ture, sale, im­por­ta­tion and use of polythene ma­te­ri­als.

The Bill was re-in­tro­duced dur­ing a sit­ting in Au­gust in Arusha, Tan­za­nia.

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