Friday 12th September, 2014
KENYAN DELEGATION FROM MAKUENI COUNTY ASSEMBLY ON EXCHANGE VISIT TO THE SEYCHELLES PARLIAMENT
A seven-member Kenyan delegation from the Makueni County Assembly arrived in the country last Sunday, on an exchange visit to the Seychelles Parliament. The delegation composed of two Members of the County Assembly: Hon. Jackson Wambua and Hon. Paul Malinda, had a chance to meet with the Speaker of the National Assembly, H.E. Dr. Patrick Herminie on Monday morning.
The newly appointed officers working in the County Assemblies recognized the need for exposure on the procedures, administration and operations of an established international Commonwealth legislature, such as the National Assembly of Seychelles. Through this exchange visit, the delegation hoped to gain hands-on experience in the best administrative practices to ensure effective governance of human and material resources and was particular interested in committee work of the National Assembly and Hansard Production processes.
During their time here, the delegation observed the National Assembly committee meetings, including those of the Finance and Public Accounts Committee and the Committee on Government assurances. They also had a chance to observe the first sitting of the third term and meet with several heads of the department within secretariat to learn more about the nature of their work. Members and staff from both countries had the opportunity to discuss the parliamentary practices, political structure, public finance and current challenges in their respective countries.
During a short press conference held today at the National Assembly, the members of the delegation present expressed their sincere appreciation for having been granted the opportunity to follow the work of the Seychelles’ parliament very closely. They were very appreciative of the warm welcome they had received and praised the Seychelles for having prioritized ecological conservation. They were particularly impressed with the professionalism of the secretariat, the excellent time-keeping during sittings and the high level of organization of committee meetings. With regards to their impression of Seychelles, they were enamored of the Seychellois food, culture and heritage and the citizens’ esteem for the rule of law.
The County Assembly of Makueni is one of the 47 State Legislatures established following General Elections held in March 2013. With a total of 30 elected and 17 nominated Members, Kenya’s County Assembly is similar in size to the National Assembly of Seychelles. Unlike the case in Seychelles, affirmative action was necessary to ensure increased representation of women in the Assembly.
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Ms. Haajira Jumaye
Public Relations, Communications and Protocol Officer