Change Of Guard At The National Assembly As Clerk Sialai Hands Over

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The outgoing Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr. Michael Sialai, has officially handed over to her successor, Acting Clerk Ms. Serah Kioko.

The handover ceremony took place on Monday morning during a National Assembly Board of Management meeting. This follows Ms. Kioko's appointment by the Parliamentary Service Commission to assume the roles of the Clerk of the National Assembly in an acting capacity in place of Mr. Sialai, whose tour of duty ends on July 31, upon retirement.

During the ceremony, Mr. Sialai thanked the board for their support, which has seen the National Assembly make great strides in professionalizing and mainstreaming the Service to respond better to members' needs.

"I wish to sincerely thank you for your support during my tenure as Clerk. Together we have managed to do a lot, and I am happy that we have managed to mainstream our services to respond to the needs of our Members and the citizenry in general," he said.

On their part, the National Assembly Board lauded Mr. Sialai for leaving a legacy mark during his tour of duty.
They singled out the structuring of directorates and departments in the National Assembly, which has created opportunities for upward mobility of staff hence motivating them, and the alignment of skills to match tasks to respond better to the execution of the mandate of the National Assembly.

They wished him well in his next assignment but urged him to become an ambassador of the National Assembly of Kenya despite his exit from the institution.

Mr. Sialai will join Foreign Service as Kenya's High Commissioner to Namibia next month.

He was appointed as a First Clerk Assistant in the National Assembly in 1996 and rose to the position of Deputy Clerk. He was appointed the Clerk of the National Assembly in 2017, a position he held until this nomination.

Before her appointment, Ms. Kioko has been serving as the Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly, overseeing and supervising chamber duties and assisting the Clerk in offering advisory to the Speaker.

Present during the handover ceremony were members of the National Assembly Service Board led by Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly Mr. Jeremiah Ndombi; Directors and representatives from the Directorates of Legal Services, Departmental Committees, Speaker's Office, Audit, Appropriations and Other Select Committees, Legislative and Procedural Services, Serjeant at Arms, Finance, Litigation and Compliance and the Chief Procurement Officer.

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