By Reuben Olita
The County Assembly of Busia has approved a 13-week calendar starting 9th February, 2022 to May 26th, 2022 that will then pave way for its dissolution to allow Members of the County Assembly seek fresh mandate from the electorate ahead of August 9th, 2022 General election.
The House unanimously passed the motion that was moved by the Majority Leader, Hon. Kassaman Ekesa. The scenario means that the Members of the County Assembly will have to clear all the pending bills and all the house business in a rather shorter time.
The Assembly adjourned its plenary sittings on December 4th, 2021 to allow members proceed on a two-month recess that ended on February 9th, 2022.
With a few weeks remaining before the dissolution of the second assembly, majority leader urged the members to be committed in serving their people and ensure they beat the deadline and clear all the pending house business.
“Among the urgent issues we have to dispense is the Budget for the Financial Year 2021/2022 whose deadline has been brought forward from June 30th, 2022 to March 31st, 2022,” he said.
The Minority Leader, Hon. Felix Omanyi echoed the majority leader’s remarks by urging the members to clear all the bills pending before the committees.
He also urged the members to embrace friendship even after the end of the house, emphasising that there’s no permanent enemy in politics.
Hon.Laban Mukhwana (Bukhayo East) urged the Finance Committee to bring forth the Finance Bill 2021 to help in the estimation of the county’s ownsource revenue.
He also pointed out the Budget Committee and motivated them to put in more effort and table the estimated county budget since they have a short period than it has always been.
The Deputy Speaker, Lawrence Okaale further confirmed that the assembly’s lifeline will end after the stipulated 13 weeks, noting that the calendar will be published in the county assembly’s website for the public to access the important document.