Speaker Wetang’ula Meets The CPA Secretary-General, Stephen Twigg

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Kenya’s National Assembly speaker Moses Wetang’ula on Thursday evening hosted the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)-Secretary-General Stephen Twigg, who paid him a courtesy call in his office at the sideline of the just concluded Post–Election Seminar in Mombasa.

Hon. Twigg, who has been in the country as a partner and key resource person in the Member’s Post–Election Seminar, expressed his gratitude for the event’s success, which he termed effective and impressive.

“I am impressed by the organization of the seminar and encouraged by the concentration and level of dedication shown by the Members of the Assembly”, said Twigg.

He added that he was hopeful that members have taken fresh home tips and skilful tactics on handling political and legislative matters of the House.

On his part, Wetang’ula acknowledged the support offered by the CPA Secretariat, noting their huge support led to the accomplishment of the fruitful seminar.

The Speaker lauded the Hon. Twigg for continuous support, saying there was a need for continuous learning through exchanging knowledge and experiences.

“We appreciate your immense contribution to the success of the Post – Election Seminar; a great opportunity that has accorded Members a chance to engage and exchange ideas ahead of the opening of the House in February”, said the Speaker.

Tracing the history of past partnerships, the Speaker said that the CPA and Kenya shared a lot in the past as he remembered programmes partnerships between the Parliament of Kenya and the CPA and the West Minister Foundation, which he said had been very constructive in enhancing parliamentary diplomacy.

Wetang’ula appreciated the need for reviewing the status of CPA, saying that it was key and important for better partnership and collaboration among member states.

Even though an online academy exists to engage and learn more within the CPA circles, they both agreed that there is a need to collaborate more through exchange programmes and Parliamentary Partnerships.

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