, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 24- Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka has expressed confidence that sittings outside the Nairobi Chambers will open a new chapter where Senators get to interact with locals and obtain firsthand reports on how effective or ineffective devolution is.
Lusaka who is leading a host of other 67 Senators in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County said the Senate will be holding similar sittings across all the 47 counties to enhance the Senate public relationship.
“We are very happy to hold our sittings here and I am very optimistic that everything will go as planned and we will also get a chance to meet with county residents and get to listen on their views in regards to devolution,” he said.
“This is just the beginning we will be doing this more often until we go all around the 47 counties and interact with public as we let them learn more on the role of Senate.”
At the same time Lusaka insisted that it is imperative for Governors to heed to invites whenever called upon by the Senate watchdog committee over audit queries.
“The County Public Accounts and Investment Committee will be meeting with governors from Baringo, Uasin Gishu and West Pokot on audit queries and I call on them to appear and account on how the county funds are spent,” Lusaka said.
On her part, Margaret Kamar, who is also the host Senator, emphasized that the week-long sittings will go a long way in fostering stronger partnerships between Governors and Senators who have always been locked in a bitter war of supremacy since the inception of the new constitution.
“The governors from this region are very happy to appear before the senate committees from here instead of them travelling to Nairobi and I think this a good move that will not only enhance a good relationship between senators and the public but also the county governments,” Kamar said.
The week long sittings are expected to commence Tuesday and end on Friday.