Mrs. Serah M. Kioko, MBS
THE ACTING CLERK OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
Mrs. Serah Mbuli Kioko, MBS is the Acting Clerk of the National Assembly having been appointed to the position in August 2022. She will be the seventh Clerk of the National Assembly and first female Clerk in the Parliament of Kenya if confirmed to the position.
Mrs. Kioko is a career parliamentary officer with close to three decades of service in Parliament. She joined Parliament in 1994 as a Third Clerk Assistant and has, through hard work and dedication, risen to her current position. Notably, she previously served in the following positions within the Parliamentary Service– Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly; Director, Legislative & Procedural Services in the Senate; Programmes Coordinator at the Centre for Parliamentary Studies (CPST); and Clerk Assistant I, II and III in the National Assembly. During her service as a Clerk Assistant, she served as a Committee Clerk, and started her career as a Clerk-at-the-Table. On many occasions, she also served as a Table Officer at the continental supra-national Parliament, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) during plenary and committee sessions.
Mrs. Kioko assumed the top management of the institution on 1st August, 2022 following the retirement of the then Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr. Michael Sialai, CBS. In her short stint at the Office of the Clerk, she has been credited with holding one of the most organised orientation programmes for Members of the Thirteenth Parliament and overseeing the smooth swearing-in of the Members of the National Assembly and the election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker. Her hands-on management style seeks to ensure optimum service delivery by staff in facilitating Members of the National Assembly carry out their constitutional mandate.
Throughout her career, Mrs. Kioko has undergone various trainings and attachments in areas of corporate and legislative management, and leadership as part of professional development. Further, she has attended attachments in various Parliaments including Canada, the United Kingdom, India, the US Congress, South Africa, Nigeria, and the East African Legislative Assembly, amongst others.
Additionally, she has participated in parliamentary workshops, conferences and seminars including the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Organisation of African and Caribbean States-EU (OACPS-EU).
She is a member of the Commonwealth Society of Clerks-at-the-Table (SOCATT), Parliamentary Service Board of Senior Management, Chairperson of the National Assembly Board of Management, member of the Parliamentary Service Staff Pension Board of Trustees and has served as Chairperson of the Parliamentary Service Ethics and Integrity Committee.
Mrs. Kioko holds a Master in Business Administration degree from the Eastern & Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Egerton University.
Besides her leadership roles in Parliament, Mrs. Kioko serves as a member of boards of management of various secondary schools; is a member of the Tandaza Board of Trustees; and an ordained lay church minister.