Can’t wait for 2007

• Parliament met for 120 days last Session, discussed and passed a total of 12 bills. Of these, three were returned by President Kibaki, citing various anomalies and asking Members to scrutinise them afresh. During that period, South Africa’s parliament, for example, passed 38 Bills, while Tanzania’s disposed of 24.
• It is now common knowledge that Kenya’s Parliament is among the poorest performers within the Commonwealth.
• The delay in the process of legislation begins when some committees take too long to return their reports to allow for publication and subsequent tabling in Parliament for debate and adoption.
• MPs performed poorly last week. Having been out on recess for three months, it was a shame that quorum lacked three times on the Tuesday, the first day of House business. This must change if MPs are to justify their keep.