In February this year, two bills sailed through their first readings, Statistics Bureau Bill 2017 and the EAC Monetary Institute Bill 2017.
Of these two, one will be tabled at the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) sitting that just resumed.
The bill; Statistics Bureau Bill 2017; was tabled by the Chair of the Council of Ministers, Hon Julius Wandera Maganda, in February and sailed through the first reading.
The bill, also seeks to establish the Statistics Bureau as an Institution of the Community under Article 9 of the Treaty and Article 21 of the Protocol on Establishment of the EAC Monetary Union.
It also Bill provides for the functions, powers, governance and its funding with a view to establishing an institution responsible for statistics in a bid to support the East African Monetary Union.
“The Bill is in line with Article 21 (c) of the Protocol on the Establishment of the EAC Monetary Union which provides for the Summit, on the recommendation of the EAC Council of Ministers to establish an institution responsible for statistics as one of the institutions to back the EAC Monetary Union.” The EAC secretariat said in a statement.
The debate on the Bill was deferred on October 3rd, this year to allow for further consultation. The Motion to postpone the debate on the crucial Bill was moved by Minister for EAC, Burundi, Hon Isabelle Ndahayo on behalf of the Council of Ministers and supported by legislators.
The Hon Minister (then) informed the House that, the EAC Statistics Bureau Bill, 2017, which was a Council Bill needed time for more consultation before debate can ensue. The House likewise received the report on the EAC Audited Accounts for the Financial Year ending 30th June, 2017. Debate is therefore expected to ensue. Also, for consideration is the EAC Annual Report 2015/2016.
This week, rigorous Committee work shall take place with all the Standing Committees of the House meeting to review reports, analyze pending issues as they prepare for the actual plenary sitting next week.
The East African Legislative Assembly is the Legislative Organ of the East African Community. Its Membership consists of a total of 62, of whom 54 are elected Members (9 from each Partner State) and eight ex-officio members (the Ministers responsible for EAC Affairs from the Partner States, the Secretary General of the Community and the Counsel to the Community).
The East African Legislative Assembly has legislative functions as well as oversight of all East African Community matters. The enactment of legislation of the Community is put in effect by means of Bills passed by the Assembly and assented to by the Heads of State, and every Bill that has been duly passed and assented to become an Act of the Community and takes precedent over similar legislations in the Partner States. EALA has to date passed 79 pieces of legislation.