National Security Special Committee National Security Special Committee

Establishment

The House shall have a Defense and National Intelligence and Security Affairs Special Committee, which oversee and control matters relating to the country’s defense and national intelligence and security.

Powers and Functions of the Defense and National Intelligence and Security Affairs Special Committee

1/ The Defense and National Intelligence and Security Affairs Special Committee shall oversee and control the following matters:

a) The observance of the of the territorial sovereignty of the country;

b) The organization of the National Defense Force is in consideration of the various nations, nationalities and peoples’ of Ethiopia and capable of ensuring the sovereignty of the country;

c) The working condition and administration of members of the National Defense Force;

d) Defense treaties with other countries and their implementation;

e) Universal, regional and sub-regional peace treaties as well as the obligation and implementation thereof;

f) Peace keeping missions of the National Defense Force in other countries;

g) The building of modern and strong national intelligence and security service, which is loyal and resilient to the Constitution and the constitutional order and conscious of the national and international objective situations;

h) The provision of quality intelligence and reliable security service to protect and safeguard the national security of the country;

i) The conduct of issues of nationality and immigration are in accordance with the law;

j) The implementation of defense, national intelligence and security policies and strategies of the country;

k) audit finding reports submitted by the Federal Auditor General, which conduct audit on the account and financial documents of defense and national intelligence and security bodies in accordance with the relevant law;

l) Budget utilization of defense and national intelligence and security bodies.

2/ The overall oversight and control activity of the Special Committee shall be conducted in accordance with the laws providing for the establishment of the defense and national intelligence and security bodies.

Members of the Defense and National Intelligence and Security Affairs Special Committee

1/ The Speaker shall be the chairperson of the Defense and National Intelligence and Security Affairs Special Committee.

2/ The Special Committee shall have seven members including the chairperson and deputy chairperson.

3/ The deputy chairperson and other members of the Special Committee shall be elected by the House up on recommendation of the Speaker.

161. Sitting and Reporting Procedure of the Defense and National Intelligence and Security Affairs Special Committee

1/ Unless it has been found necessary the sitting of the Special Committee shall be closed sitting.

2/ The Special Committee shall present report to the House regarding its over-sight and control activities.

3/ At the request of one-third of members of the House or by the decision of the Special Committee, the heads of the defense and national intelligence and security bodies shall present report to the House on matters deemed necessary.

4/ The concerned heads of the defense and national intelligence and security bodies shall present their report in person to the Special Committee.

5/ The rules and procedures provided under this Regulation with regard to other committees shall mutatis mutandis apply to the Special Committee.