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Nairobi Assembly Adjourns, Pushes Budget Estimates Consideration To Next Week

The Nairobi City County Assembly has today adjourned marking the end of a five year term of the second Assembly.

Speaker Benson Mutura has however, used Standing Order 30 to schedule budget estimates  consideration and approval  to next week.

According to Mutura the members will reconvene next week and consider the budget at a special sitting immediately after the select committee on Finance and Budget Appropriations reports back from retreat.

“Specifically, Article 177 (4) of the constitution provides that a County Assembly is elected for a term of five years. This implies that the term of a County Assembly expires on the date of the next general elections. In the Current circumstances, the general elections are scheduled for 9th August, 2022. As such as we adjourn Sine Die today, the term of the second assembly shall continue until 9th August, 2022 meaning the Six Sessions shall lapse on that date,” Mutura said.

“However I am aware we have critical pending business before the county Assembly specifically the County Budget Estimates for the FY 2022/23 that were tabled on Tuesday 31st May, 2022. I am aware that the select committee on Finance and Budget Appropriations is currently considering the estimates and have retreated with county executive to finalize the same. Once the committee returns with their report we shall invoke the provisions of Standing Order 30 and convene to consider and approve the estimates,’’ he added.

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He also took the opportunity to highlight some of his achievements which include leaving behind a united house and working staff that has pushed Nairobian’s agenda to greater heights. Mutura took over two years ago after resignation of then speaker Beatrice Elachi.

“I shall forever be indebted to you for electing me as the third speaker of this great county. When I assumed office in August 2020 I found a divided house .I am glad I managed to bring together all factions and we have left a united Assembly. Am proud of what we have achieved as a House under my leadership,’’ Mutura added.

By Allan Otieno

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