Parliamentary Service Commission Stand Scoops Major Awards at the Agricultural Society of Kenya, Mount Kenya Branch Show, Nanyuki
The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Outreach represented the Parliamentary Service Commission at the just ended Agricultural Society of Kenya Mount Kenya Branch Show in Nanyuki, themed “Promoting Innovation and Technology in Agriculture and Trade”.
The Parliamentary Outreach team led by Mr. Bonnie Mathooko, the Chief Research Officer, Parliamentary Research Services engaged and sensitized the public on various aspects of the Parliament of Kenya among others, Parliament’s history; constitutional mandate; bi-cameral Parliament; procedures; and public participation. Parliament’s participation at the Trade was geared towards facilitating public understanding of governance, democracy and accountability under the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) slogan “Connecting Parliament with the People”.
This year’s Nanyuki ASK Show was attended by over 65 Exhibitors from Government Ministries and Agencies, and Private entities across the Country, registering a 5% increase from the 2018 Show. Further, 6,936 students and school-going children attended to learn from the various exhibitions and innovations on display and also to receive career talks from tertiary institutions present, including Universities and colleges. Overall, a total of 22,465 Members of the public visited the Show.
The move to participate in this years’ASK Show was aimed at engaging with the public and other stakeholders on the role of Parliament in the execution of its constitutional mandate and its importance in the governance of the country.
The Show management, led by the Branch Chairman Mr. Francis Gitonga Kimeria, commended Parliament for taking part in the event which brings together three Counties from the region, hence attracting a massive population.
“It is very exciting to the management of the Show and the public to see Parliament represented here. This is a unique Show central to reach by residents of Laikipia, Nyeri and Nanyuki Counties,” said Mr. Francis Gitonga”.
Parliament endeavors to engage stakeholders in and outside Parliament to ensure that public interest is well taken care of in the legislative process.
“We are here to ensure that the public have a better understanding of the constitutional mandate of the Parliament, it’s rich history and operations under bicameralism, as well the organization under the Parliamentary Service Commission,”said Mr. Bonnie Mathooko.
Mr. Mathooko emphasized that the public needed to be continuously informed on the critical mandate of Parliament in national resource allocation to counties and how this affects the citizens.
The Parliament Stand was judged in four categories and emerged overall winners in two of the judging classes entered. The PSC Stand lifted the first runner-up award in the other two categories. Most importantly, Parliament won the overall Show Trophy on theme Interpretation and was also rated as the best Government Social Functions Stand.