The National Assembly management has directed members of the House of Representatives till today, Monday, to move their personal belongings out of their offices with 17 days remaining to the end of their tenure.
This instruction was conveyed to the 360 outgoing lawmakers via a memo.
According to report, senior legislative aides and other non-civil service members of staff in the lawmakers’ offices were reported to have received a similar memo.
A source of the National Assembly said: “They started receiving the memo on Wednesday last week, specifically asking them to move their personal effects out of the offices by May 18 (today).
“Many of them actually started complying almost immediately, particularly members who are not coming back to be part of the 8th Assembly.
“I have seen a couple of lawmakers’ aides moving personal property out of the offices since the memo came in.”
Greater number of the current members of the House of Representatives will not be returning after the expiration of their tenure on June 5th.
Another source who preferred anonymity revealed that the move was procedural and meant to prepare the offices for re-allocation in the weeks ahead.
He said: “We have to prepare the offices because there is a lot of work ahead to be done.
“We are welcoming a new House. Most of the offices will be re-allocated. The name tags will change. Some ranking members will have to change offices.
“The same thing will apply to the sitting arrangements in the chambers. If we don’t start work now, we will not meet up with the schedule before the inauguration of the 8th Assembly.”