Parliamentary Researchers from across the continent are now seeking higher recognition of their duties in driving the Legislative process, calling for deliberate entrenchment of the Legislative Research Departments across African Parliaments. This is part of the resolutions that were adopted at the close of the four-day Inaugural Africa Parliamentary Researcher’s Conference in Nairobi, last evening.
The Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon Justin Muturi has urged African Parliaments, most of which now possess the role of budget-making, to dedicate more resources to Parliamentary research services, noting that research for legislative agenda cannot survive and thrive on a shoestring budget.
Calls for more inclusion in appointments to public office and reforms on the existing law with regard to the rights of people with disability, characterized the opening session of a retreat by the Kenya Disability Parliamentary Association (KEDIPA) this morning.
The inaugural African Parliamentary Researchers Conference brings together research officers serving in Parliaments in Africa at both the national and sub-national levels. Invitation to the Conference is open to Researchers serving in National Parliaments and in State, Provincial or County Legislatures as well as other interested research institutions, local Universities and individual researchers.
Pursuant to Section 25(8) of the Public Finance Management Act, 2012, and Standing Order 232(10), the National Assembly, by a resolution early this week, approved the Budget Policy Statement, and consequently the Medium-Term Debt Management Strategy for Financial Years 2019/2020- 2021/2022, albeit with amendments.
The East African Community and Kenya in particular, today celebrated a great milestone as Speakers and their representatives from the regional legislatures met in Nairobi to witness the launch of the East African Parliamentary Institute.