NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 16 – Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka has urged female Senators in the 12th Parliament to dedicate themselves to discharging their duties without fear, while seeing them as equal to their male counterparts.
Lusaka asked the legislators to make a difference in service delivery and strive towards tabling Bills in Parliament that will benefit the society.
“You have a duty to positively participate in formulating and influencing policy to improve the well-being and welfare of our great society. Pick a Bill in an area that excites you and you adjudge to be requisite to our country and society and champion it,” said Lusaka.
Lusaka made the remarks on Monday during the induction retreat for women Senators.
The one-day workshop for the women legislators is geared towards equipping the Senators with basic knowledge and their role and also focus on media relations with the Senators.
While opening the workshop, Lusaka called on the women lawmakers to rise to the occasion and take the front row seat in discharging their duties just like their male counterparts.
“If you don’t speak up, if you don’t fight on, someone else will try to speak and fight on your behalf which risks the danger of misrepresenting you. Remember your electorate will re-appraise you in four years time. Please do not disappoint them, stay committed and work to leave a lasting legacy for our country,” said Lusaka.
He further assured the 21 women lawmakers that he will offer the necessary support as the Speaker of the House to ensure that they get to fulfil their responsibilities in the House.
“I will endeavour to put on a gender sensitive lens to provide an equal opportunity and platform for everyone to thrive in legislative, oversight and development matters. But above all, help your Speaker, to help you in the discharge of your mandate and prosecution of your public and leadership roles,” said Lusaka.
In her address Senate Deputy Majority Leader and Isiolo Senator Fatuma Dullo who spoke at the forum urged her colleagues to make a mark during their five-year term, with remarkable contributions.
“We have a big task ahead of us. Let us push our agendas in the House. It is through participating in debates that our voices will be heard and that we will stand to be counted,” said Dullo.