Kenyan MPs Commence Term at the Pan African Parliament

The Parliament of Kenya’s representatives to the Pan African Parliament (PAP) were sworn in earlier today, at the Continent's Assembly’s seat in Midrand, South Africa. The Members drawn from the two Houses are: Hon. Jude Njomo, Hon. Beatrice Kones, Hon. Janet Ong'era, Sen. Stewart Madzayo and Sen. (Dr.) Abdullahi Ali. Kenya's Deputy High Commissioner to South Africa, Amb. Lemarron Kaanto, attended the swearing-in ceremony. The Assembly had earlier witnessed the swearing-in of notable Members of the South African Parliament elected to PAP including the Economic Freedom Fighters’ leader, Hon. Julius Malema, National Council of Provinces Chairperson Thandi Modise (equivalent of Kenya’s Speaker of Senate),and Hon. Mandla Mandela (Nelson Mandela’s grandson). The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) was established to promote the Pan African ideals of cooperation and unity among African States. These ideals were inspired by the signing of the Treaty establishing the African Economic Community (Abuja Treaty) on 3rd June, 1991 and the adoption of the Sirte declaration of 1999. The purpose of the PAP, as set out in article 17 of the African Union (AU) Constitutive Act (2000), is to ensure the full participation of African peoples in the development and economic integration of the continent. Also known as the African Parliament, the Pan African Parliament is the legislative body of the African Union. The Continental Legislature is intended to serve as a platform for people from all African states to be involved in discussions and decision-making on the problems and challenges facing the continent. The Assembly is made up of up to 250 members, with each of the 50 AU Member States that have ratified the PAP Protocol represented by five (5) members. The representatives are elected by the legislatures of AU Member States, rather than being directly elected in their own capacity. The composition of a country’s delegation should reflect the diversity of political opinions of the member state's legislature, with at least one of the members being a woman. Under Rule 28 of the PAP Rules of Procedure on ordinary sessions, the permanent committees meet twice a year (March and August) for statutory meetings. The Committees also hold sittings during Plenary Sessions of the PAP, which are held in May and September of each year. The Permanent Committees can meet more often during parliamentary sessions or for non-statutory meetings. The Assembly from time to time also organizes seminars and workshops on areas of interest to Members falling within the objectives of the PAP. It also nominates Members to participate in AU election observation and fact-finding missions to Member States. The Parliament of Kenya nominates sitting Members by way of resolutions in the two Houses of Parliament. The Senate and the National Assembly nominates two (2) and three (3) Members respectively, with one Senator serving as the Head of Delegation. With the reintroduction of bicameralism, the Parliament of Kenya nominate sits Members by way of resolutions in the two Houses of Parliament. The Senate and the National Assembly nominates two (2) and three (3) Members respectively, with one Senator serving as the Head of Delegation. The current arrangement in the Parliament of Kenya is that matters relating to the Pan African Parliament (PAP) are domiciled in the Senate.

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