House approves Mr. Michael Sialai, Senior Deputy Clerk, as the new Clerk of the National Assembly.

The National Assembly presided by Speaker Justin Muturi has unanimously approved Mr Michael Sialai, Senior Deputy Clerk, as the new Clerk of the National Assembly to succeed Mr Justin Bundi who retires in March this year.

Below is the extract of the  motion.

Honourable Speaker, I beg to support the Motion on the appointment of Mr. Michael Rotich Sialai as Clerk of the National Assembly.

Mr. Speaker, at the onset, allow me to congratulate the Parliamentary Service Commission for having made a spot-on choice of Mr. Sialai to succeed Mr. Justin Bundi as the Clerk of the National assembly. Mr. Speaker, I have keenly perused the Report by the Commission on its consideration of Mr. Sialai's suitability for appointment as Clerk of the National Assembly and his curriculum vitae and I can say, without fear of contradiction that the man Sialai in indeed ripe for the job!

Mr. Speaker, I am amazed that a single officer in the name of Mr. Sialai has amassed such an overwhelming wealth of knowledge of working of Parliament. It is no wonder that he has and continues to executed his roles so meritoriously and with inimitable demonstration of enduring flair for parliamentary procedure and practice, built over time through his exhaustive service in all spheres of parliament.

Mr. Speaker, I believe that few Members in this house are aware that a Masters Thesis  written by one Mr. Michael Rotich Sialai is forming part of the wrote a the Panel rigorously engaged the candidate and having assessed him on the agreed criteria, the Panel established that Mr. Michael Rotich Sialai, EBS possessed the requirements and demonstrated inimitable and overarching flair of knowledge, working and administration of parliament, which he presented to the panel with unrivalled ease and mastery. The Panel ranked his performance at a convincing 84.0%.

Mr. Speaker, at its Special Sitting held on 18th January 2017, the Parliamentary Service Commission considered the Report of the Oral Interview Panel and resolved as follows –

THAT, the House notes the Report of the Parliamentary Service Commission on the recruitment of a Clerk of the National Assembly and pursuant to the provisions of Article 128(1) of the Constitution of Kenya, approves the appointment of Mr. Michael Rotich Sialai, EBS, as Clerk of the National Assembly (PSC Scale 17), with effect from 22nd March 2017.

From the foregoing, Mr. Speaker, it is clear that the process of the recruitment of a Clerk of the National Assembly was not only competitive but also way above-board.

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to the provisions of Article 128(1) of the Constitution, it is now my pleasure, on your behalf as the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Service Commission, to present to this August House, Mr. Michael Rotich Sialai, EBS, for approval for appointment as the Clerk of the National Assembly (PSC Scale 17), with effect from 22nd March 2017.

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Michael Rotich Sialai was born on 25th May 1961 in Kericho County. He went to Sotik High School for his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education where he obtained Division One before proceeding to Friends School Kamusinga for his Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education in which he obtained Three Principles and Subsidiary.

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Sialai later joined Kenyatta University and graduated with Bachelor of Education Degree in History and Kiswahili in 1989. He would later return to the same University for a Master of Arts Degree in History, which he was conferred in 1998.

Mr. Sialai has a long and decorated history in public service. He joined public service as a Teacher of History and Kiswahili at Kimulot Secondary School in 1989. Thereafter, he served as an Assistant Lecturer at Kericho Teachers Training College until 1995, when he left teaching profession and joined the Parliamentary service.

Mr. Speaker, the candidate presented to this House for appointment as Clerk of the National Assembly joined the Parliamentary Service as a Clerk Assistant I and has been in service for twenty one (21) years. During this period, Mr. Sialai has risen through the ranks to serve as a Senior Clerk Assistant, Principal Clerk Assistant and then ascending to his current position as the Senior Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly from 2012 to date.

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Sialai's service to the Parliamentary Service in the various capacities he has held is decorated with spectacular achievements hat are testament to his sterling performance. These achievements have been summarized in the Commission's Report on its consideration of his suitability for appointment to the position.

Mr. Speaker, weighing his experience against the responsibilities expected of the Office of the Clerk of National Assembly, the Commission can confidently vouch for Mr. Sialai as a rare blend of all roundedness that the holder of the office of Clerk of National Assembly ought to possess. He has distinguished himself as an officer who possesses both the administrative and procedural acumen requisite for steady execution of the functions of the Office for which I am moving this House approve his appointment.

Mr. Speaker, on the administrative competencies, Mr. Sialai has since his appointment as the Senior Deputy Clerk of the national Assembly, ably deputized Mr. Bundi in discharging the functions of the Office of the Clerk of the National Assembly.  He has also served as a Member of the Parliament's Senior Management Board; Chair of the Parliamentary Tender Committee and a member of the National Assembly Board of Management. He has also been successfully supervising, coordinating and supporting the functioning of all Directorates and Departments in the National Assembly.

Mr. Speaker, as earlier mentioned, the Clerk of the National Assembly serves as the principal procedural adviser to the Speaker of the House, other Presiding Officers and Honourable Members. It is my honest submission to this House that during the oral interview, Mr. Sialai convinced the Commission that he possesses immense wealth of expertise and experience in parliamentary practices, procedures and conventions.

Mr. Speaker, you will agree with me that the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya in August 2010 heralded a major paradigm shift in the architecture and working of Parliament of Kenya. In this regard, Mr. Sialai, having been appointed to chair the Task Force of staff that led the review of the National Assembly Standing Orders to accord with the provisions of the New Constitution, successfully and meticulously steered the process. He also led the team in drafting the Senate Standing Orders.

Mr. Speaker, this House being the first one to transact business under the new Constitutional order has had grey areas in its rules of procedure and also faced a number of procedural questions, including those bordering on constitutionality of its processes and outcomes. As and when required, Mr. Sialai has and continues to assist Clerk Bundi in providing to the Presidium, objective procedural and legislative advise to enable the Speaker to guide the House on how best to carefully navigate through the legislative process under the new architecture.

Mr. Speaker, the candidate that the Commission is presenting to the House for approval today has been tried, tested and prepared by the system. Mr. Sialai has been exposed to extensive local and international trainings that have built the kind of capacity that makes him the undisputed heir of the office of the Clerk of the National Assembly. Among strategic trainings that Mr. Sialai has undergone are Senior Management Course in Leadership for Results Programme in Swaziland; Transforming Leadership Seminar, at the International Leadership Foundation; and the USA Congress Parliamentary Staff Institute Training on Strengthening of Committee Operations in Washington, the USA among others.

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Sialai has also been attached to various Parliamentary jurisdictions of similar, nearly similar or different Parliamentary models.  Some of these attachments were in the Senate and Victoria State Legislature of Australia; Parliament of Singapore, Parliament of New Zealand; House of Commons of Canada; the House of Commons of the United Kingdom; the Parliament of New South Wales; National Council of Provinces and the National Assembly of the Republic for South Africa; and the Indian Lok Sabha and Rayja Sabha. Mr. Sialai demonstrated the benefits accrues from these attachments in the manner in which he responded to questions fielded to him by members of the Interview Panel by diverse reference to practices from those and other jurisdictions.

Mr. Speaker, the sterling and illustrious service rendered by Mr. Sialai to Parliament and the nation has earned him recognition within and outside Parliament.  In 2010, Mr. Sialai was feted as the Third Best Overall Employee of the Year by the Parliamentary Service Commission. Two years later, in 2015, on recommendation of the Parliamentary Service Commission, he was conferred the National Award of Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS) by H.E. the President.

Mr. Speaker, there is no doubt that Mr. Michael Rotich Sialai, EBS has the requisite qualifications, charisma, experience, demeanour and flair of parliamentary work  that makes him suitable for appointment to take over from Mr. Justin Nthiiri Bundi, as the Clerk of the National Assembly.

Finally, Mr. Speaker, on your behalf as the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Service Commission, allow me to most sincerely appreciate the outgoing Clerk, Mr. Justin Bundi, CBS, for his selfless, dedicated and dynamic service rendered as the pioneer Clerk to the National Assembly under the new Constitution; and to the East African Community as the Clerk to the community's inaugural East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).

Mr. Speaker, with those remarks, I beg to move the Motion and urge the House to approve the appointment of Mr. Michael Rotich Sialai, EBS as the Clerk of the National Assembly with effect from 22nd March 2017. I also request the Leader of the Majority Party, Hon. Aden Duale to second the motion.

 

 

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