Post-Election Seminar strengthens knowledge of parliamentary procedure for Kenyan MPs 

Newly elected and returning Members of the National Assembly of Kenya have strengthening their knowledge of parliamentary practice and procedure at the Post-Election Seminar held jointly with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in Mombasa, Kenya, from 4 to 8 March 2018. The CPA Post-Election Seminar focused on the theme of ‘Sharing our experiences to enhance good governance and continually safeguard the welfare of the nation’ which enabled recently elected Parliamentarians to gain a broader understanding of the principles of parliamentary democracy and strengthen their skillsets. 

Hon. Justin B. N. Muturi, MP, Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya opened the seminar and said: “Parliaments must remain an inspiration to society and they must also carry the burden of actualizing these aspirations. Parliaments remain an intrinsic component of the success that the Commonwealth has leveraged to enhance democracy and propagate good governance.” To read the speech please click here. Hon. Moses Cheboi MP, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya; the Leader of the Majority Party, Hon. Aden Duale, MP; and the Leader of the Minority Party, Hon. John Mbadi, MP also attended the seminar.

The CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan, addressed the opening of the seminar and said: “Elections as a demonstration of democracy have the potential to bring a tremendous diversity of backgrounds to our Parliaments. This necessitates the need for Members to receive induction and development to enable them to get to grips with discharging their representative and constitutional functions. The CPA Post-Election Seminars serve as reflection of the ‘mutuality of learning’ which is at the heart of our CPA mandate of connecting, developing and promoting a community of Parliaments and Parliamentarians who individually and collectively strengthen their commitment to democratic governance across our Commonwealth.”  To read the speech please click here.

Kenya is one of the largest legislatures in the CPA’s membership and over 200 delegates participated in the seminar, which gave Members the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the parliamentary systems and democratic processes in other Commonwealth jurisdictions. Hon. Alexandra Mendès, MP, CPA Vice-Chairperson and Member of the Federal Parliament of Canada spoke about parliamentary ethics and codes of conduct while Rt Hon. Dr Patrick Matibini, Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia and Hon. Lady Justice Philomena Mwilu, MGH, Deputy Chief Justice and Vice President Supreme Court of Kenya spoke about the importance of the separation of powers between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary.

Senator Lucy Gichuhi from the Federal Parliament of Australia spoke about her experiences as a Member of Parliament; Mr Tom Duncan, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory and CPA Australia Regional Secretary presented on overcoming the challenges of managing parliamentary business; and Mr Jerry Hartz, Director of Government Relations at the National Democratic Institute gave examples of parliamentary accountability and ethics in the USA.

For images of the Post-Election Seminar in Kenya please click here.

Updated: Tuesday 13 March 2018.


Notes to Editors

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), now in its 107th year with HM The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth as its Patron, exists to develop, promote and support Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and to implement the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA is an international community of over 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance. Parliaments, their Members and officials learn from each other through CPA activities: Annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conferences, Regional Conferences and other symposiums; Interparliamentary visits; Parliamentary Seminars and Workshops; Publications including The Parliamentarian, the Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments; and the Parliamentary Information and Reference Centre. 

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