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.

LATEST NEWS FROM EALA AS OF MAY 2013 DATE
1

EALA ADOPTS NEW RULES OF PROCEDURE

21/01/2015
2

EALA GETS NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS

20/01/2015
3

EALA ELECTS NEW COMMISSION AS IT COMMENCES FORTH MEETING OF THE THIRD SESSION

20/01/2015
4

PRESS STATEMENT: 4TH MEETING – 3RD SESSION – 3RD ASSEMBLY

19/01/2015
5

EALA PLENARY TO BE HELD IN ARUSHA NEXT WEEK

15/01/2015
6

RT HON KIDEGA ELECTED SPEAKER OF EALA

19/12/2014
7

ASSEMBLY REMOVES RT HON DR ZZIWA FROM OFFICE

17/12/2014
8

Court Dismisses Rt. Hon Zziwa’s Application Barring Legislators from Debating Her Removal

16/12/2014
9

EALA PLENARY SITTING TOMORROW

16/12/2014
10

UGANDA DOES IT AGAIN…

13/12/2014
11

PARLIAMENT OF TANZANIA 4- EALA 0

11/12/2014
12

PARLIAMENT OF UGANDA SETTLES FOR DRAW WITH BURUNDI

10/12/2014
13

EALA WHIPS PARLIAMENT OF BURUNDI 4-2 IN SOCCER

08/12/2014
14

PARLIAMENT OF UGANDA REIGNS SUPREME OVER EALA IN SOCCER

07/12/2014
15

INTER-PARLIAMENTARY GAMES OFF TO A HIGH START

06/12/2014
16

INTER-PARLIAMENTARY GAMES KICK OFF ON SATURDAY

02/12/2014
17

EALA MEMBERS ELECT HON CHRIS OPOKA- OKUMU TO PRESIDE OVER MOTION FOR REMOVAL OF SPEAKER

26/11/2014
18

EALA IN MEETING TO REVIEW ITS RULES OF PROCEDURE

20/11/2014
19

EALA SESSION STARTS IN NAIROBI

18/11/2014
20

PRESS STATEMENT: 3RD MEETING – 3RD SESSION – 3RD ASSEMBLY

17/11/2014
21

EALA TO HOLD PLENARY IN NAIROBI NEXT WEEK

12/11/2014
22

A UNIFIED APPROACH TO ENHANCING SECURITY IS VITAL – LEGISLATORS ASSERT AS NANYUKI VIII ENDS IN KIGALI

01/11/2014
23

8TH NANYUKI SERIES OPENS IN KIGALI

31/10/2014
24

HOUSE ADJOURNED INDEFINITELY

30/10/2014
25

KIGALI TO HOST 8th INTER-PARLIAMENTARY RELATIONS SEMINAR

29/10/2014
26

EALA SET TO REVIEW RULES OF PROCEDURE TOMORROW

28/10/2014
27

THREE REPORTS LAID ON TABLE

23/10/2014
28

EALA SESSION COMMENCES IN KIGALI

21/10/2014
29

PRESS STATEMENT: SECOND MEETING – THIRD SESSION – THIRD ASSEMBLY

20/10/2014
30

EALA TO HOLD PLENARY IN KIGALI NEXT WEEK

16/10/2014
31

IPU UNDERWAY IN GENEVA

15/10/2014
32

EALA MEMBERS BEGIN TOUR OF BRUSSELS

08/10/2014
33

WE ARE READY TO PLAY OUR PART IN POPULARISING INTEGRATION – CIVIL SOCIETY TELLS EALA

27/09/2014
34

COURT DELIVERS A JUDGMENT ON MATTER CONCERNING ELECTIONS OF TANZANIA REPRESENTATIVES TO EALA

27/09/2014
35

HOUSE PASSES KEY RESOLUTION ON PWDs

04/09/2014
36

IMPLEMENT COMMUNITY LAWS- EALA URGES PARTNER STATES

03/09/2014
37

EALA SWEARS IN NEW RWANDA MINISTER TO EAC

03/09/2014
38

EALA POSES QUESTIONS TO THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS

02/09/2014
39

EALA MEMBERS VISIT TASUBA IN BAGAMOYO

01/09/2014
40

EALA MEMBERS VISIT DAR PORT

29/08/2014
41

EALA HAILS HON SAM KUTESA

29/08/2014
42

MITIGATE CLIMATE CHANGE & CONSERVE FORESTRY – EALA SAYS

28/08/2014
43

EALA ADOPTS CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP FOR ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE

28/08/2014
44

EALA SESSION OPENS

27/08/2014
45

PRESS STATEMENT: FIRST MEETING – THIRD SESSION – THIRD ASSEMBLY

25/08/2014
46

EALA TO HOLD PLENARY IN DAR NEXT WEEK

21/08/2014
47

EAC SPEAKERS’ BUREAU HOLDS ONE DAY MEETING IN NAIROBI

08/08/2014
48

SPEAKER, AGA KHAN REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE HOLD TALKS

08/06/2014
49

REGIONAL ELECTRONIC BILL IN THE OFFING

07/06/2014
50

EAC BUDGET SPEECH, ADOPTION OF KEY REPORTS DOMINATE EALA SITTINGS

07/06/2014
51

EALA APPROVES EAC BUDGET & ADJOURNS

05. 06. 14
52

CENSURE MOTION AGAINST RT HON ZZIWA COLLAPSES

04. 06. 14
53

EAC’s $125 MILLION BUDGET PRESENTED TO EALA

04. 06. 14
54

EAC BUDGET SPEECH NOW SET FOR TOMORROW

03. 06. 14
55

EAC BUDGET SPEECH ADJOURNED TO TUESDAY NEXT WEEK

29. 05. 14
56

COURT DECLINES TO GRANT INTERIM ORDERS ON THE REMOVAL OF EALA SPEAKER, DISMISSES APPLICATION

29. 05. 14
57

EALA ADOPTS KEY COMMITTEE REPORTS

29. 05. 14
58

PLENARY COMMENCES IN ARUSHA

27. 05. 14
59

REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON EAST AFRICAN SOCIETIES AND SECURITY ENDS

24. 05. 14
60

EALA TO RESUME PLENARY IN ARUSHA NEXT WEEK

19. 05. 14
61

REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON EAST AFRICAN SOCIETIES AND SECURITY UNDERWAY

23. 05. 14
62

ARUSHA TO HOST CONFERENCE ON REGIONAL SOCIETIES AND SECURITY NEXT WEEK

16. 05. 14
63

3rd EALA NOT DISSOLVED: THE CORRECT POSITION OF THE SINE DIE ADJOURNMENT OF THE EALA SITTING ON APRIL 1, 2014

03. 04. 14
64

EACJ RESTRAINS EALA FROM DELIBERATING THE REMOVAL OF THE SPEAKER PENDING ITS RULING

12. 05. 14
65

ASSEMBLY ADJOURNS DEBATE ON ITS NEW RULES OF PROCEDURE

26. 03. 14
66

EALA Holds Public Hearing on EAC Integration (Education) Bill in Dar es Salaam

21. 03. 14
67

EALA PLENARY TO RESUME IN ARUSHA NEXT WEEK

19. 03. 14
68

3rd EALA NOT DISSOLVED: THE CORRECT POSITION OF THE SINE DIE ADJOURNMENT OF THE EALA SITTING ON APRIL 1, 2014

04/03/2014
69

HOUSE COMMENDS PRESIDENT KENYATTA FOR A CONCISE STATE OF EAC ADDRESS

03/27/2014
70

ASSEMBLY ADJOURNS DEBATE ON ITS NEW RULES OF PROCEDURE

03/26/2014
71

Let Us Take Integration to the Next Level – President Kenyatta says

03/25/2014
72

EALA Holds Public Hearing on EAC Integration (Education) Bill in Dar es Salaam

03/21/2014
73

EALA PLENARY TO RESUME IN ARUSHA NEXT WEEK

03/19/2014
74

EALA AND KENYA LEGISLATORS TO SENSITIZE PUBLICS

02/27/2014
75

ENERGY ‘KEY ENABLER’ OF THE INTEGRATION PROCESS

02/26/2014
76

EALA MEETS PRIVATE SECTOR STAKEHOLDERS

02/24/2014
77

EALA KENYA TOUR OFF TO A BUSY START

02/12/2014
78

EALA Set to Visit 5 Counties as It Starts Kenya Tour

02/18/2014
79

11TH REGIONAL MEETING OF THE ACP-EU JOINT PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY CONCLUDES IN MAURITIUS

15. 02. 14
80

ACP-EU JOINT PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY COMMENCES IN MAURITIUS

13. 02. 14
81

REGIONAL LAWYERS WANT EACJ JURISDICTION EXTENDED

31. 01. 14
82

EALA APPROVES AN ADDITIONAL USD 2.1 MILLION FOR EAC PROGRAMMES AS IT ADJOURNS BUSINESS

30. 01. 14
83

EAC SEEKS SUPPLEMENTARY BUDGET FOR ITS PROGRAMMES

30. 01. 14
84

EALA HAILS EAC MINISTER, HON BAGEINE, FOR JOB WELL DONE

28. 01. 14
85

PEACE AND SECURITY KEY FOR REALIZING INTEGRATION–ZZIWA REMARKS

27. 01. 14
86

EALA SPEAKER MEETS SOUTH SUDAN SPEAKER

24. 01. 14
87

EALA PAYS SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO FALLEN AFRICAN & WORLD ICON, NELSON MANDELA

24. 01. 14
88

FOUR NEW BILLS INTRODUCED AS EALA SESSION CONTINUES

22. 01. 14
89

POOLING OF STRENGTHS VITAL FOR INTEGRATION – HON KANDIE

22. 01. 14
90

PRESIDENT MUSEVENI ADDRESSES EALA PLENARY IN KAMPALA

21. 01. 14
91

PRESS STATEMENT:FOURTH MEETING – SECOND SESSION – THIRD ASSEMBLY

20. 01. 14
92

EALA TO CONVENE PLENARY IN KAMPALA NEXT WEEK

13. 01. 14
93

UGANDA AND TANZANIA RETAIN SOCCER AND NETBALL TROPHIES

15. 12. 13
94

ITS EALA VS PARL OF UGANDA IN THE SOCCER FINALS

12. 12. 13
95

EALA, RWANDA THROUGH TO THE SEMIS IN FOOTBALL

11. 12. 13
96

BUNGE FC STOPS PARLIAMENT OF TANZANIA

09. 12. 13
97

INTER-PARLIAMENTARY GAMES KICK OFF IN KAMPALA ON DECEMBER 8

05. 12. 13
98

EALA/EAC BEAT BUNGE FC 2-1 AT NAKIVUBO STADIUM

05. 12. 13
99

LAKE REGION IS KEY TO THE INTEGRATION PROCESS – EALA SPEAKER SAYS

30. 11. 13
100

PRESIDENT KENYATTA ADDRESSES EALA PLENARY IN NAIROBI

26. 11. 13
101

EALA UNDERTAKES OVERSIGHT OF EAC PROGRAMMES AND PROJECTS IN UGANDA

26. 11. 13
102

HOUSE ADOPTS TWO RESOLUTIONS AND REPORT ON ICTs

25. 11. 13
103

SID LAUNCHES STATE OF EAST AFRICA REPORT 2013

22. 11. 13
104

IT IS TIME WE ENCOURAGED THE AFRICAN CULTURAL RENAISSANCE – EALA SAYS

20. 11. 13
105

EALA SESSION COMMENCES IN NAIROBI, ADOPTS REPORT ON LAND INVESTMENTS IN REGION

20. 11. 13
106

PRESS STATEMENT: THIRD MEETING – SECOND SESSION – THIRD ASSEMBLY

19. 11. 13
107

EALA TO HOLD PLENARY IN NAIROBI NEXT WEEK

14. 11. 13
108

EALA SWEARS- IN HON CELESTIN KABAHIZI FROM RWANDA

31. 10. 13
109

CTI’s REPORT ON THE MONETARY UNION SAILS THROUGH THE HOUSE

31. 10. 13
110

PRESS STATEMENT – THE 2nd MEETING OF THE 2nd SESSION OF THE 3rd ASSEMBLY

30. 10. 13
111

EALA SET TO INTRODUCE A CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES BILL

30. 10. 13
112

EALA ADOPTS AUDITED ACCOUNTS REPORT

29. 10. 13
113

EDUCATION KEY FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE REGION SAYS ZZIWA

28. 10. 13
114

DEFER THE KENYAN ICC CASES- EALA STATES

24. 10. 13
115

EALA PASSES RESOLUTION TO MARK INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DEMOCRACY

24. 10. 13
116

EALA SESSION CONTINUES

24. 10. 13
117

PRESIDENT NKURUNZIZA LAUNCHES EALA STRATEGIC PLAN

23. 10. 13
118

PRESIDENT NKURUNZIZA OPENS EALA PLENARY IN BUJUMBURA

22. 10. 13
119

EALA TO HOLD PLENARY IN BUJUMBURA NEXT WEEK

19. 10. 13
120

IPU CONFERENCE COMMENCES IN GENEVA

07. 10. 13
121

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

09/19/2013
122

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

08/30/2013
123

RWANDA’S EAC MINISTER SWORN IN AS EALA MEMBER 

08/29/2013
124

EALA MEMBERS RESOLVE TO CONTINUE WITH ROTATIONAL SITTINGS

08/29/2013
125

LEGISLATORS UNDERTAKE TO ENHANCE MATERNAL, NEWBORN AND CHILD HEALTH

08/23/2013
126

HALT GENOCIDE IDEOLOGY AND DENIAL IN THE REGION – SAYS EALA

08/22/2013
127

EALA SITTING COMMENCES IN ARUSHA

08/21/2013
128

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

08/20/2013
129

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

08/14/2013
130

EALA TO HOLD PLENARY IN ARUSHA NEXT WEEK

08/13/2013
131

PLAY EFFECTIVE PART IN ENDING REGIONAL CONFLICTS – EALA CHALLENGED

08/02/2013
132

EALA MEMBER APPOINTED NEW MINISTER FOR EAC IN RWANDA

07/13/2013
133

DEEPEN DEMOCRACY IN AFRICA – LEGISLATORS SAY

06/19/2013
134

GLOBAL PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE ON DEMOCRACY KICKS OFF IN ABUJA

06/18/2013
135

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

05/05/2013
136

EALA APPROVES EAC BUDGET

06/06/2013
137

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

06/06/2013
138

PRESIDENT MUSEVENI DELIVERS ADDRESS AT EALA SPECIAL SITTING

06/05/2013
139

EALA PASSES MOTION TO CONSIDER BUDGET ESTIMATES AND EXPENDITURE

06/05/2013
140

EAC’s $ 130 MILLION BUDGET PRESENTED TO ASSEMBLY

05/30/2013
141

EALA PASSES EAC VEHICLE LOAD CONTROL BILL

05/30/2013
142

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

05/29/2013
143

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

05/28/2013
144

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

05/28/2013
145

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

05/28/2013