MPs beam with hope during orientation

Incoming MPs turned up for their orientation at Parliament buildings on Tuesday beaming with determination to serve their constituents.

The corridors of Parliament were unusually busy, as first time lawmakers were taken round by orderlies.

The new MPs were particularly amazed with the environment they would operate from in the coming five years.

They were taken through a pre-swearing-in ceremony, ahead of their taking the oath of office Thursday afternoon.

They also went through various stages of registration.

However, they had to first present their curriculum vitae and copies of their national identity cards at the registration desk.

Then they proceed to the second desk to present the certificates from returning officers declaring them winners in the August 8 elections.

The orderlies then gave every incoming MP a copy of the House standing orders.

“The process reminds me of high school days when I queued with my parents on my day for admission,” Mr Samuel Atandi, the Alego Usonga MP-elect said.

“The system should be automated so that one can register even when at home.

“However, everything was smooth. I now look forward to start serving my constituents.”

Incoming Nyali MP and former investigative journalist Mohamed Ali echoed Mr Atandi’s sentiments, saying he was ready to help his people.

“We have just presented our papers and taken round. This is normal in any organisation,” Mr Ali said.

“I do not want to promise much as we are yet to start working. I however want to assure Nyali people that I will serve them diligently and to the best of my ability.”

Kabondo Kasipul MP-elect Eve Obara said the registration was efficient though tiresome.

“Parliamentary employees are friendly. I also like the environment,” Ms Obara said.

Incoming Igembe South MP John Paul Mwirigi, who will be the youngest lawmaker in the House, was among the first to be cleared.

“I am fresh from school and with no political experience. I hope to familiarise myself with parliamentary processes as quickly as possible,” Mr Mwirigi said.

Kiharu’s Ndindi Nyoro said he would promote Jubilee interests in Parliament, describing himself as a sycophant of the ruling party.

Ndhiwa MP-elect Martin Owino said the registration was efficient “though a little cumbersome”.

“I am now ready to serve the people who elected me. This is a nice environment and I look forward to a good session when we begin work,” the first-time lawmaker said.

Dagoretti South MP-elect John Kiarie, popularly known as KJ, compared himself to a student joining Form One.

“I am like a ‘mono’ here. The registration was smooth, though,” he said, using the slang for new secondary school students.

Outgoing Nominated Senator Martha Wangari, who was elected Gilgil MP, said she was equally elated.

“It is like moving house. I’m just coming from the Senate to the National Assembly and I look forward to delivering on my mandate as an MP,” Ms Wangari said.

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