|Committee yet to meet as House debating Bill|
Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs is yet to hold any meeting even as Parliament begins debate on a crucial Bill that seeks to establish a new electoral and boundaries review body.
The Committee is supposed to scrutinise the Bill and give its input during House debates. It is also expected to file a report on the Bill marking out areas for amendments. Parliament is scheduled to commence debate on the Bill on Tuesday afternoon.
Infighting has characterised the 11-member committee after eight of its members reportedly declared lack of confidence on its chairman, Ababu Namwamba. The matter is yet to be resolved.
Last week, Speaker of the National Assembly, Kenneth Marende said the infighting is unlikely to affect scrutiny of Bills that fall under the committee and that Parliament has an obligation to transfer this mandate to any committee.
In that case, the Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee (CIOC), led By Mandera Central MP, Abdikadir Mohammed, is the most preferred.
On Monday, Vice Chairman of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee and Githunguri MP, Njoroge Baiya said this can be done in absolute circumstances and said lack of a solution to the problem worries the Committee.
"As a committee, we have not been holding meetings and, therefore, we don