, NAIROBI, Kenya Sept 19 – Members of the National Assembly on Monday kicked off a week-long induction workshop where they have been challenged to proactively steer the nation to economic and social growth as they embark on the House business.
In his opening remarks, Speaker Justin Muturi told the legislators that they must proactively steer the nation to economic and social growth as they embark on the House businesses.
“The membership of this House demonstrates the reality that we are living in exciting times. Seven years ago we adopted a new constitutional order and Kenya’s legal, political and social landscape has considerably evolved. We have developed and strengthened our governance institutions, marginalized groups have increased representation and democratic freedoms have expanded.”
“The Twelfth Parliament is now called upon to proactively consolidate our democratic gains and steer the Nation towards economic growth and social development,” he stressed.
The House Speaker noted that that the week-long forum is an opportunity to interact, learn from each other and foster unity of the country.
“It is gratifying to note that the programme predicatively envisages a smooth take off as we embark on our parliamentary business. We are all aware of the impending fresh Presidential elections and the after effect it is having on participation in the House. I am encouraged by the determination and the resolve exhibited by many of us and I look forward to better times ahead,” Muturi said.
Deputy Speaker Moses Cheboi (Kuresoi North) and Majority Leader Aden Duale (Garissa Township) said the induction process allows MPs to learn new things and share experiences and get to learn how to conduct and run affairs of the House.
Clerk of the National Assembly Michael Sialai said the 186 new members in the Twelfth Parliament who will benefit from the induction course as they may have no background knowledge in legislation.
The theme: “Setting the stage for the Twelfth Parliament, preparing for a smooth take off’,” will guide the training for members of the National Assembly.
Among speakers expected to address the legislators include Ethics and Antic-Corruption Commission Chairman Eliud Wabukala and former long serving Head of Public Service during President Moi’s regime, Sally Kosgei who will also address the MPs on foreign relations and diplomacy.