A Motion in the context of the East African Legislative Assembly means a proposal made by a Member that the Assembly, the Council of Ministers or a Committee of the Assembly does something, order something to be done or express an opinion concerning some matter.
Article 59 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community gives every Member a right to introduce any Motion touching on the operational principles of the East African Community provided that a Motion which does not relate to the functions of the Community shall not be proposed in the Assembly and further that, the Assembly shall not proceed upon any Motion, including any amendment to a Motion, the effect of which in the opinion of the Speaker would be to:
* impose any charge upon any fund of the Community;
* Order for the payment, issue or withdrawal from any fund of the Community of any moneys not charged thereon or the increase in the amount of any such payment, issue or withdrawal;
* Order a remission of any debt due to the Community.
Additionally, Motions shall not:-
(a) Infringe or cause to be infringed the provisions of the Treaty or the Rules of the Assembly;
(b) Contravene morality and justice norms;
(c) be too wordy and long;
(d) put to disrepute the dignity of the House
(e) contain unsubstantiated allegations; and
(f) be moved without a Seconder of the Motion.
The process of disposing of a Motion requires that a Member gives written notice of a Motion to the Clerk one clear day previous to the sitting at which it is intended to be moved.
Such a notice shall be accompanied by the draft of the Motion and the Clerk shall submit the same to the Speaker to determine its admissibility or non admissibility.
Members may also, with leave of the Speaker, give oral notice of a Motion during a Sitting of the House but the Motion shall not be placed on the Order of Business until one clear day has elapsed, and moreover, it has to be reduced in writing to the Clerk unless the Speaker rules that the Motion is of great public interest.
It is however, provided as is with Parliamentary tradition in other jurisdictions, that some Motions may be moved without notice. See Rule 31 of the Assembly Rules of Procedure.
Debate on any Motion or disposal of amendments to Motions as well as withdrawal of Motions is similar to that in other jurisdictions with the necessary but not substantive modifications.