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Lawmakers to present CVs ahead of swearing-in

New members of Parliament are on Tuesday expected to present their curriculum vitae (CVs) to Parliament clerks in a move aimed at ensuring transparency and accountability to the public.

Parliament seeks to create a database of the lawmakers’ personal details and academic qualifications, which will then be uploaded on Parliament’s website.

“As part of accountability to the public, their bio data will be captured on the day of orientation and will be posted on the website so that no one will have issues knowing our leaders,” National Assembly Clerk Michael Sialai had said in May.

EDUCATION
The MPs had earlier this year agreed to suspend the requirement until after the August 8 general election when all members would be required to have a degree. 

Following the amendment of the election law, should any by-election occur either in the Senate or the National Assembly, then all aspirants would be required to have a degree from a recognised university.

In addition, the lawmakers are required to take along their national IDs and a certificate from the returning officer that declared them winner.

ORIENTATION
In the past, MPs were only required to present their information to the Parliamentary Service Commission’s human resource department.

The new MPs will go through orientation on Tuesday (August 29) ahead of swearing-in on Thursday.

Meanwhile, lobbying for the Speaker and Deputy Speaker posts in both Houses is ongoing, with aspirants collecting signatures to support their bids.

SPEAKER
Kuresoi South MP-elect Moses Cheboi had by Monday evening collected 105 signatures from MPs in his bid for the deputy speaker post.

Murang’a Senator-elect Irungu Kang’ata returned his application Monday, joining his colleagues Kimani Wamatangi (Kiambu) and Susan Kihika (Nakuru) in the Senate Speaker race.

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