Speaker Justin Muturi lauds Turkana County Assembly
BY ROBERT KARIUKI LODWAR, TURKANA CENTRAL
The Turkana county assembly has received a major boost after the Kenya National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi visited the county to launch 2014-2018 strategic plan, standing orders, communication strategy and the assembly’s quarterly journal.
The National Assembly Speaker was accompanied by Senate speaker Ekwee Ethuro, speakers of various county assemblies, Turkana central MP John Lodepe, Turkana south MP James Lomenen, County women representative Joyce Emanikor, members of the county assembly and a Uganda government delegation among other dignified guests.
Hon. Muturi who was received by Turkana county assembly speaker Geoffrey Kaituko said the strategic plans will play an essential role in the county’s development agenda.
“It is important for us to appreciate that going forward, the strategic plans will play a crucial role in our development agenda in this assembly and by extension the people of this county. They could have chosen to meander around pretending to be doing something serious without a plan but they didn’t,” he said.
He praised the entire county assembly for the decision to have a plan saying it was indication that they are organized, orderly and determined to develop the county.
He praised the entire county assembly for the decision to have a plan saying it was indication that they are organized, orderly and determined to develop the county. He appreciated the fact that the county assembly had established a robust communication network by coming up with an assembly journal saying that subsequent publications will help in feeding the public with information on the activities of the assembly.
He appreciated the fact that the county assembly had established a robust communication network by coming up with an assembly journal saying that subsequent publications will help in feeding the public with information on the activities of the assembly. “I commend both the speaker and the members of the county assembly for finding it important to document a clear cut way of talking to the public. Communication is as deliberate as it is consistent and must be guided, the latter is what this communication strategy seeks to do,” he stated.
The journal will document the activities of the assembly and will be made available to the public so that they can be aware, assess and criticize the progress of the assembly. Hon. Muturi unveiled the journal and officially gave the first issue of the journal to the members of the public.
Call for discipline Hon. Muturi handed over to Hon. Kaituko a set of rules, orders and principles that will moderate the running of the House business and ensure that the members maintain a high level of dignity.
“Standing orders are like our holy book in the assembly. We had interim standing orders borrowed from the national assembly and we rectified a few clauses including committee membership. We also had to change assembly session time from the afternoon to morning hours because of the weather challenge and even though we customized the orders, a number of them remained unchanged and similar to the national assembly orders,” Kaituko explained.
“I would like to appreciate the commitment of the county assembly service board which has a membership of 5 people including a public representative, the hard work and determination of this board made it possible for us to have the strategic plans which will be in place for 5 years,” the assembly speaker added. Unity among Speakers Speaker of the senate, David Ekwee Ethuro congratulated the county assembly for the wonderful job and urged fellow assembly speakers who were present to follow the example set by Kaituko and ensure that they also prepare and launch their communication strategy, plans and orders.
He however challenged assembly speakers against shielding members of assembly who misbehave during sessions saying they should be thrown out of the House.
“As civilized members of the society, our activities must be orderly, so any assembly whether national or at the county level that decides to go physical is primitive and not for the 21st century, the assembly speakers of Trans-Nzoia, Kisumu, Nakuru and others where we have seen cases of members misbehaving during proceedings you should all learn from us,” said the senate speaker.
Apart from the day’s main activity, other issues of concern were also raised including unity among the County, sen-
ate and national assembly speakers, , insecurity and the use of resources at the County level.
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