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THE STATE OF EAST AFRICA REPORT SERIES

East Africa Legislative Assembly

Introduction
The East African Legislative Assembly is the legislative organ of the Community established under Article 9(1)(f) of The Treaty for the establishment of the East African Community (hereinafter referred to as the Treaty) vested with the same functions as those of Partner States Parliament namely legislation, oversight and representation as prescribed in Article 49(2) of the Treaty. It is the only regional Parliament vested with full powers in respect of these traditional functions of a Parliament. Even the European Parliament does not have full legislative powers enjoyed by the East African Legislative Assembly. It is therefore well positioned to deliver to the people of East Africa on their expectations.

Composition
The EALA comprises of nine members elected by each Partner State, the ministers responsible for East African Community affairs from each Partner State, the Secretary General and Counsel to the Community as per Article 48(1) of the Treaty.
It is presided over by a speaker elected by members on a rotational basis. It has a secretariat headed by the Clerk who has to divide his loyalty between the Speaker and the Secretary General.

Mandate
The Assembly is vested with legislative, oversight and representative functions and in particular debates and approves the budgets, debates annual reports on the activities of the Community as well as audit reports and liaises with national Assemblies on matters relating to the Community. It discusses all matters pertaining to the Community and makes recommendations to the Council of Ministers in accordance with Article 55 of the Treaty.
It enacts legislation of the Community by passing bills which must be assented to by all five Heads of State for it to be an Act of the Community.

Meetings
The Assembly may sit at such times and places as it shall itself determine provided that it shall meet in Arusha at least once a year as prescribed by Article 55 of the Treaty. The Assembly has now formally established a practice of holding meetings in their Partner States on a rotational basis. It normally takes this opportunity to address public rallies in Partner States.

Procedure of Law Making
The procedure for law making in the Assembly is governed by both the Treaty and the rules of procedure of the House. This is done by introducing a Bill in the Assembly. There are two methods of doing this: The first is bills are introduced by Council of Ministers in accordance to Article 14(3)(b) of the Treaty and the second is by any member of the House introducing a Private Members Bill in accordance with Article 59(1) of the Treaty.

Introduction
The East African Legislative Assembly is the legislative organ of the Community established under Article 9(1)(f) of The Treaty for the establishment of the East African Community (hereinafter referred to as the Treaty) vested with the same functions as those of Partner States Parliament namely legislation, oversight and representation as prescribed in Article 49(2) of the Treaty. It is the only regional Parliament vested with full powers in respect of these traditional functions of a Parliament. Even the European Parliament does not have full legislative powers enjoyed by the East African Legislative Assembly. It is therefore well positioned to deliver to the people of East Africa on their expectations.

Composition
The EALA comprises of nine members elected by each Partner State, the ministers responsible for East African Community affairs from each Partner State, the Secretary General and Counsel to the Community as per Article 48(1) of the Treaty.
It is presided over by a speaker elected by members on a rotational basis. It has a secretariat headed by the Clerk who has to divide his loyalty between the Speaker and the Secretary General.

Mandate
The Assembly is vested with legislative, oversight and representative functions and in particular debates and approves the budgets, debates annual reports on the activities of the Community as well as audit reports and liaises with national Assemblies on matters relating to the Community. It discusses all matters pertaining to the Community and makes recommendations to the Council of Ministers in accordance with Article 55 of the Treaty.
It enacts legislation of the Community by passing bills which must be assented to by all five Heads of State for it to be an Act of the Community.

Meetings
The Assembly may sit at such times and places as it shall itself determine provided that it shall meet in Arusha at least once a year as prescribed by Article 55 of the Treaty. The Assembly has now formally established a practice of holding meetings in their Partner States on a rotational basis. It normally takes this opportunity to address public rallies in Partner States.

Procedure of Law Making
The procedure for law making in the Assembly is governed by both the Treaty and the rules of procedure of the House. This is done by introducing a Bill in the Assembly. There are two methods of doing this: The first is bills are introduced by Council of Ministers in accordance to Article 14(3)(b) of the Treaty and the second is by any member of the House introducing a Private Members Bill in accordance with Article 59(1) of the Treaty.

BILLS PASSED BY EALA AS OF MAY 2013 DATE PASSED
1

EAC ELECTION OBSERVER MISSION TO THE 16th -18th SEPTEMBER 2013 PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS IN THE REPUBLIC OF RWANDA

09/19/2013
2

EALA PASSES PUBLIC HOLIDAYS BILL PAVING WAY FOR COMMEMORATION OF EAC DAY ON NOV 30 IN REGION

08/30/2013
3

RWANDA’S EAC MINISTER SWORN IN AS EALA MEMBER 

08/29/2013
4

EALA MEMBERS RESOLVE TO CONTINUE WITH ROTATIONAL SITTINGS

08/29/2013
5

LEGISLATORS UNDERTAKE TO ENHANCE MATERNAL, NEWBORN AND CHILD HEALTH

08/23/2013
6

HALT GENOCIDE IDEOLOGY AND DENIAL IN THE REGION – SAYS EALA

08/22/2013
7

EALA SITTING COMMENCES IN ARUSHA

08/21/2013
8

VICE PRESIDENT, DR MOHAMMED GHARIB BILAL OPENS EALA MEETING ON MDGS

08/20/2013
9

MEDIA ALERT: EALA CONFERENCE ON MDGs AND THE 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS OF THE GLOBAL PARLIAMENTARIANS ON HABITAT

08/14/2013
10

EALA TO HOLD PLENARY IN ARUSHA NEXT WEEK

08/13/2013
11

PLAY EFFECTIVE PART IN ENDING REGIONAL CONFLICTS – EALA CHALLENGED

08/02/2013
12

EALA MEMBER APPOINTED NEW MINISTER FOR EAC IN RWANDA

07/13/2013
13

DEEPEN DEMOCRACY IN AFRICA – LEGISLATORS SAY

06/19/2013
14

GLOBAL PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE ON DEMOCRACY KICKS OFF IN ABUJA

06/18/2013
15

PRESIDENT MUSEVENI ROOTS FOR STRONGER BLOC AS INTER-PARLIAMENTARY SEMINAR DRAWS TO A CLOSE

05/05/2013
16

EALA APPROVES EAC BUDGET

06/06/2013
17

EXTEND PERIOD OF TRIPS AGREEMENT TO ENFORCE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY – EALA SAYS

06/06/2013
18

PRESIDENT MUSEVENI DELIVERS ADDRESS AT EALA SPECIAL SITTING

06/05/2013
19

EALA PASSES MOTION TO CONSIDER BUDGET ESTIMATES AND EXPENDITURE

06/05/2013
20

EAC’s $ 130 MILLION BUDGET PRESENTED TO ASSEMBLY

05/30/2013
21

EALA PASSES EAC VEHICLE LOAD CONTROL BILL

05/30/2013
22

EALA LAUDS PRESIDENT MUSEVENI FOR DELIVERING A CONCISE STATE OF EAC ADDRESS

05/29/2013
23

KENYA’S EAC CABINET SECRETARY SWORN-IN AS EALA MEMBER

05/28/2013
24

KENYA’S EAC CABINET SECRETARY SWORN-IN AS EALA MEMBER 

05/28/2013
25

TAKE A GREATER ROLE IN TRADE NEGOTIATIONS – CIVIL SOCIETY TELLS EALA

05/28/2013