First Parliament legislator visits Parliament
The Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr. Michael Sialai this morning hosted one of the founding long-serving legislators, Hon. Willy Kamuren who called on him.
Hon. Willy Kamuren who served as a Member of Parliament for Baringo North from 1963-1997 had visited the Clerk of the National Assembly for exchange of experience on the currently Parliamentary system.
During their engagement, Hon. Kamuren noted that the promulgation of the 2010 Constitution had fundamentally changed Parliamentary operations which he was quick to add has positively contributed to the expansion of Parliamentary democracy and given the citizenry an opportunity to participate in the development of the legislative agenda.
On his part, the Clerk, Mr. Sialai thanked him for visiting Parliament and his long term and dedicated service to the people of Baringo North. Noting that his visit was timely as it came just when the House has commenced the review of its rules of procedure, he extended an invitation to him and other former Members to avail their Parliamentary experience, as it would be crucial for the improvement of Parliamentary procedures and operations. As is the custom, on the ultimate year of every Parliament, the Committee on House Rules and Procedures undertakes a review of the House rules with an intent of improving them for the succeeding Parliament.
Clerk Sialai also took him through the current procedures especially with regard to public petitions and submission of memoranda by the public and other stakeholders during the law making process. These two are a relatively new phenomenon in the August House, having been brought about by the 2010 Constitution. The number of legislators in the National Assembly has also increased from 222 to 349 now, and Parliament now has two Houses.