Today marks the official opening of the special plenary sitting for the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA), with President William Ruto set to inaugurate the event. This three-week session of the 5th assembly will culminate on March 20. The assembly, currently comprising 63 members from five member states, will convene in Nairobi to deliberate on various reports presented by different committees. Joseph Ntakirutimana, the EALA Speaker, presides over the assembly’s affairs.

According to the rules and procedures of EALA, sessions are conducted on a rotational basis across the five member states. At least two out of the six annual sittings are held in Arusha, Tanzania, with one of these sessions designated as the budget session, typically held in May or June.

In conjunction with these proceedings, Interior Principal Secretary Raymond Omollo is scheduled to conclude the meeting on Small Arms and Light Weapons in Nairobi. The conference, which commenced on March 4, aims to address the challenges stemming from the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa region. This gathering serves as a preparatory meeting for the Fourth Review Conference on the United Nations Programme of Action to prevent, combat, and eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its Aspects (UN PoA) and its international tracing instrument.

Meanwhile, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kindiki Kithure is expected to embark on a tour of the North Rift region to address the issue of cattle rustling, a persistent challenge in the area.

Additionally, the judicial system will continue hearing a case involving a man accused of extorting money from Members of Parliament using the name of nominated MP Sabina Chege. Simultaneously, a dispute over the burial site of a deceased individual, where two widows are vying to inter the remains in their respective compounds, is slated for courtroom deliberation today.

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