|East African assembly speaker in Rwanda ahead of session opening|
APA-Kigali (Rwanda) The speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), Abdirahin Haithar Abdi on Friday evening arrived in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, to ignite preparation for a month-long second ordinary session of the regional legislative body, scheduled to officially open in Kigali on September 11.
Abdi is to preside over the sitting of about 45 representatives to the assembly from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and the host Rwanda, expected to debate various legislative bills that include among others; the bloc's budget, Lake Victoria and food security concerns. President Paul Kagame is expected to preside over the official opening of the session on September 11.
"There are quite a number of issues we will be discussing pertaining to advancing the goals and objectives of the East African Community during our one month session here," Abdi told reporters in Kigali.
He pointed out that it is the first time the EALA session is being held in the new member states of Rwanda and Burundi, which joined the EAC bloc just last year, and the Rwanda is the current chair.
During their stay in Kigali, apart from holding plenary sessions, the lawmakers will also participate in the Rwandan parliamentary elections for the chamber of deputies to start on September 15 and conduct other field studies in several parts of the country.
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