A Senate delegation that visited Uasin Gishu to check on the ground for their upcoming “mashinani” sittings is impressed by preparations so far as Eldoret is set to host the parliament’s normal sessions from September 23-28.
The Senate leadership today visited and sounded their satisfaction over the readiness for Uasin Gishu County to host the parliament’s sittings.
Governor Jackson Mandago said Uasin Gishu is pleased and ready to host the historical Senate sittings. It is the first time sittings are done outside Nairobi.
“We are not only prepared to host the parliamentarians but also ready to participate in committee sittings and present issues that we would like the Senate to prosecute,” said Mandago.
“Also, I want to announce that we shall be appearing before the Senate’s Public Accounts and Investment Committee to answer to audit queries financial year 2014/15,” the Governor added.
He continues to argue: “It will be a platform for us to learn of the Senate proceedings as members of my staff will be sitting in the committees, this offers a learning experience too for us.”
Area Senator Margaret Kamar and Petronila Were Lokorio (Nominated) were among legislators who paid the Governor a courtesy call in their visit to check on the progress and preparation for the sessions.
Prof Kamar said: “Committees are ready to have interactive sessions with the public and the leaders. Also, the business community will have their own separate session with the senators to introduce them and deliberate on a law that is ready.”
Senator Were said: “It is part of the agenda of the Senate that we take our parliament to the mashinani, to the people, because not everyone can make it to Nairobi to present a petition; after all the Senate is constitutionally mandated to champion issues of the counties.”
“This is a very important exercise because it offers the public a chance to interact with their legislators and most importantly present burning issues that pertain devolution,” she adds.