The Parliamentary Service Commission of Kenya is one of the Independent Commissions in Kenya established under Article 127 the Constitution of Kenya to ensure smooth functioning of the Houses of Parliament i.e. Senate of Kenya and National Assembly of Kenya.
The major function of the Parliamentary Service Commission is to ensure the smooth running of both Houses of Parliament, the Senate and the National Assembly.
The Commission is one of the independent commissions established by the Constitution of Kenya.
Establishment of The Parliamentary Service Commission of Kenya
The Eighth Parliament took definite practical steps aimed at implementing resolutions and the law to attain an autonomous and independent status. Steps to take definite legal measures began with the introduction and subsequent enactment of the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Act on November 11, 1999 which was assented by the President on November 17, 1999 and came into effect on November 19, 1999.
This move was followed by the introduction and enactment of the Parliamentary Service Act On November 28, 2000.This concluded the planting of the embryo of the autonomy of Parliament which had began on March 20, 1970 when a motion for a resolution by Parliament to give such autonomy was brought to the Hous e for debate by the late Hon. Jean Marie Seroney.
Roles of Parliamentary Service Commission in Kenya
The commission’s roles include:
- Providing services and facilities to ensure the efficient and effective running of Parliament
- constituting offices in the parliamentary service, and appointing and supervising office holders;
- preparing annual estimates of expenditure of the parliamentary service and submitting them to the National Assembly for approval, and exercising budgetary control over the service;
- undertaking, singly or jointly with other relevant organisations, programmes to promote the ideals of parliamentary democracy; and
- performing functions necessary for the well-being of the members and staff of Parliament
Membership of The Parliamentary Service Commission of Kenya
The Members of the Commission are as follows:
- The Speaker National Assembly as Chairperson – Currently, Hon. Justin Muturi
- The vice-chairperson – elected by the Commission members
- seven members appointed by Parliament from among its members of whom:
- Four (of which two are women) are nominated by both Houses by Party or Coalition of parties that form the National Government
- Three (at least one woman) are nominated from both Houses by the parties not forming the national government
- one man and one woman appointed by Parliament from among persons who are experienced in public affairs, but are not members of Parliament.
- Secretary to the Commission held by the Clerk of the Senate – Currently, Mr J. M. Nyegenye
Composition as of 2017 – 2022
The Commission consists of the Speaker of the National Assembly, as the Chairman, seven Members appointed by Parliament and one Woman and one Man appointed by Parliament from persons who are experienced in Public affairs but are not Members of Parliament. The Clerk of the Senate is the Secretary to the Commission.
Members of the Commission for the Twelve Parliament are:-
||The Hon. Justin Muturi, Speaker
||The Hon. Dr. Naomi Shaban M.P
||The Hon. Beth Mugo, M.P.
||The Hon. Adan Keynan, M.P.
||The Hon. Benson Momanyi, M.P.
||The Hon. George Khaniri, M.P.
||The Hon. Aisha Jumwa, M.P.
||The Hon. Aaron Cheruiyot, M.P
||The Hon. Rachel Ameso
||The Hon. Samuel Kiprono Chepkonga
||Mr J. M. Nyegenye
||Clerk of the Senate Secretary to PSC (Parliamentary Service Commission)
Parliament of Kenya. “Parliamentary Service Commission”.
The Parliamentary Service Commission of Kenya Contacts
The Clerk, Senate
- Tel : (254-2) 2221291 or 2848000
- Fax : 254 2 2243694
- E-mail : email@example.com
The Clerk, National Assembly
- Tel : 254 2 2221291 or 2848000
- Fax : 254 2 2243694
- E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Wikipedia and Parliament of Kenya. “Parliamentary Service Commission”.
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