National Assembly Members’ Post-Election Seminar Comes To An End In Mombasa

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The Post-Election Seminar for the Members of the National Assembly, which kicked off on Monday, 30th January, at the Pride Inn Beach Resort Convention Centre and Spa in Mombasa county, culminated on Thursday evening.

The four-day event ended with calls on the legislators to put their best foot forward, embrace progressive democracy and deliver on their mandate exceptionally.

The Seminar, whose resource persons were drawn from the auspices of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and among top political leaders and Government officials, saw President William Ruto grace the opening ceremony and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua closing the Seminar.

Speaking to the participants during the closing session, the Deputy President, who served as a Member of the National Assembly in the 12th Parliament, acknowledged the importance of the Seminar, saying it had helped the Members to gain insights into the execution of their mandates.

“This Seminar is a step in the right direction as it will improve service delivery in our legislature. It couldn’t have come at a better time than when our government is starting its term. This will assist you immensely in the execution of your mandate,” the Deputy President said.

He called on the members of the National Assembly not to shy away from executing their oversight role of holding the government of the day accountable.

“The government is eager to be held accountable by Parliament. I urge you to hold us accountable and do it fearlessly. For democracy to thrive in this country, we must let independent institutions run independently. We will be on the right side of history if we deliver on our promise,” he said.

At the same time, Gachagua reiterated the President’s call on the leadership of both Houses to foster unity even as they endeavour to deliver on their varied mandate.

He noted that lawmakers serving in the 13th Parliament would only secure a lasting legacy if they collaborated to execute their roles irrespective of the political formations that sponsored them to the August House.

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