Malaysia to train Kenya Parliament staff

April 30, 2010 12:00 am

, KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Apr 30 – The Malaysian Parliament is ready to train Kenya parliamentary staff on how to handle two chambers if the proposed Constitution gets a nod during the referendum.

Malaysian Clerk Datuk Roosme Hamzah told his Kenyan colleague Patrick Gichohi that his Parliament would be willing to facilitate training of staff to work in the Senate if the constitution was passed.

Mr Gichohi and Defence Assistant Minister David Musila are in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on an official visit to familiarise themselves ahead of Kenya hosting the 56th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference in four months time.

Malaysia has both the Senate and House of Representatives. The proposed draft Constitution proposes two chambers – the National Assembly and a Senate.
Mr Gichohi said: “It will be a challenge for us because we currently have one chamber but we have to learn from countries that have both Houses so that we can be ready if the new Constitution is passed.”
Mr Hamzah said his country was ready to host and train Kenyan parliamentary staff on how to run the Senate.

Mr Musila, who is the chairman of the Kenya branch of CPA organising committee and Mr Gichohi also held meetings with the CPA Chief Executive who is also the minister for Rural Development in Malaysia Mohd Shafie Apdal.

The minister said the conference was important for Kenya to showcase itself especially the tourism sector to the Commonwealth members.
Kenya will host the conference between September 10 and 19 at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre.
Already preparations are on top gear with Parliament preparing the ground to host the 900 delegates who include speakers, clerks and Mps from the Commonwealth countries.


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