Speaker Lusaka rallies support for countries hit by Cyclone Idai
DOHA, Qatar | 6 April - The Kenyan delegation to the 140th Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) led by Speaker of the Senate, Rt Hon Kenneth Lusaka has called for urgent international action in support of southern African countries hit by Cyclone Idai.
While addressing delegates at the Africa geopolitical caucus meeting - ahead of the 140th General Assembly - Speaker Lusaka strongly supported inclusion of the proposed emergency item by Netherlands.
"Cyclone Idai's devastating effect in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe has brought these countries to their knees," said the Senate Speaker.
"In my view, the Africa position should be that nothing supercedes the need to rally the community of nations for immediate support to the countries affected by this catastrophe."
Statistics indicate that the weather-related disaster has claimed over 700 lives and affected an estimated 2 million people.
The request by Netherlands for inclusion of the Emergency Item is one of five proposals received from member states by the IPU Sectrariat.
Assembly Rule 11.2 (b) stipulates that "the Assembly may place only one emergency item on its agenda. Should several requests obtain requisite majority, the one having received the largest number of positive votes shall be accepted."
The six geopolitical groups set the stage for high octane lobbying that is characteristic of the IPU, as they ensure fair representation of members and issues from all parts of the world.
Members of the Kenyan delegation include- Sen Susan Kihika, Sen Agnes Zani, Hon (Prof) Jacqueline Oduol, Hon James Gichuki, Hon Vincent Tuwei, Hon Patrick Mariru, Hon Maoka Maore and the Clerk of the Senate, Mr Jeremiah Nyegenye.