Senate, National Assembly to clash at Nyayo Stadium
31 July 2014, 12:05
Nairobi – The supremacy battle between the Senate and National Assembly will be determined on Thursday at Nyayo Stadium when members of both Houses compete in various sporting activities.
The scheduled games include men football, women netball and tug of war competition whose purpose is to mark the Parliament Week that kicked off on Monday July 28, and which seeks to demystify the operations of Parliament.
The National Assembly’s Clerk, Justin Bundi said, “Parliament week is a brainchild of The Standing Committee on Public Outreach that was appointed on March 28, 2014 upon resolution by the Parliamentary Service Commission. The aim of this initiative is to improve public confidence in democratic institutions and encourage public involvement by looking at the places, events and people that shape the democratic process in Kenya.”
The Parliament Week’s Monday programme began with a public lecture at the University of Nairobi on “Separation of Powers under the Constitution of Kenya 2010: A Case for the 11th Parliament”, presided over by the National assembly’s Speaker Justin Muturi and Senate’s Deputy Speaker, Kembi Gitura.
The Political Science lecturers from the University cautioned the National Assembly against interfering with the Judiciary’s mandate of interpreting the law and urged them to focus on their legislative responsibility.
Members of the public have been called upon to take part in the games by cheering their elected leaders as they showcase their sporting abilities.
The media advisory circular from the Parliamentary Service Commission also reveals that the Parliament Week will end with a photo exhibition of Parliamentary photos from 1907 to date and operations of departments in addition to brief tours by the public to both the National Assembly and Senate Chambers and galleries after meeting the required security clearance.
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