National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale on Wednesday, March 25, stated that the House is ready to be recalled to facilitate any legislative proposals that could save the economy from collapse.
According to the Standard, Duale stated that Kenya needed to consider establishing a Stimulus Package Fund to help cushion the economy during this pandemic.
“Our economy is literally driven by SMEs that absorb the most of workforce and any disruption, as has happened, has major effects on the economy.
“We still anticipate massive disruption of business as employees have been forced to work from home while others have literally shut down,” he added.
While it may be a good idea to convene, a raft of measures against the spread of coronavirus that have been set by the government might make it difficult.
Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Nominated MP David Ole Sankok agreed with Duale, stating that he was also ready to convene in parliament. He, however, he stated that it would be difficult to have social distancing in parliament since a quorum of 50 members was required to pass any motion.
“I have not yet received any information about convening yet, but going by what the president stated yesterday, there are laws that parliament has to pass. An example is the reduction of taxes and there is only one arm of government that is tasked by the constitution to pass laws, such and that is parliament.
“However, I do not know if we will be called to parliament which I know is a must but our sitting arrangement makes it very difficult to maintain one-metre distance which is required for us to avoid the coronavirus,” he stated.
Further, he stated that an alternative option would be to use video conferencing like other countries.
“We have seen in America, there is what we call video conferencing. At the moment, the prevailing standing orders do not support video conferencing, and for us to make amendments, we have to physically meet again,” he added.
The MP stated that it would be risky for the MPs to contract coronavirus since they come of different parts of the country.
In conclusion, Ole Sankok stated that he was anticipating that a directive would be given soon by the speaker Justin Muturi.
On Wednesday, March 25, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a raft of measures that would see Kenyan pay reduced taxes.
In line with this, all individuals earning a monthly salary of Ksh 24,000 and below would receive a total waiver in taxes.