The Senate leadership today paid a courtesy call to Governor Charity Ngilu at her office in Kitui ahead of the Mashinani sessions to kick-off today.
Led by Speaker Kenneth Lusaka, the Senators sounded their satisfaction over Kitui’s readiness to host the parliamentary sittings.
Kitui’s sessions marks the second in the country to be held outside Nairobi after Uasin Gishu’s last year sittings.
The Senators visited KICOTEC – a key wealth creation project of Governor Ngilu’s administration.
Addressing the press at the factory, Governor Charity Ngilu said Kitui had realized numerous devolution works in her two-year stay in office.
She cited Health, Trade, Water and Youth Development as key areas that had hugely benefited from devolution in the county.
Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka said the sessions would offer an opportunity to the residents to air the petitions since not everyone can make it to Nairobi saying the Senate is constitutionally mandated to champion the issues of the counties.
He said both levels of government have a role to create enabling environment for business growth and economic transformation.
He quoted article 126 of the Kenyan Constitution that allows either of the houses to hold sittings across the country saying the sittings are lawfully set.
“Anyone with doubts about our one week stay here should read article 126 of our dear constitution”. He emphasized.
The Senators will conclude the sittings on Friday 20th.
Among the senators accompanying Lusaka were Kisii Senator Prof. Sam Ongeri, Uasin Gishu’s Prof. Margaret Kamar, Migori’s Ochilo Ayako, Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo and Mandera’s Mohamed Maalim Mahmoud.