On Wednesday, October 12, the National Assembly approved the names of six individuals who will serve on the speaker’s panel, which assists the speaker in running the house.
Members of the panel will include Gilgil Member of Parliament (MP) Martha Wangari ( first chairperson), Ugenya MP David Ochieng, Emuhaya MP Omboko Milemba, Daadab MP Farah Maalim, Homa Bay MP Peter Kaluma and Kitui Soth MP Rachel Nyamai
During the 13th parliament, the six will be members of the Chairperson’s panel. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker serve as substitutes to preside over the panel.
Helping the Speaker and Deputy Speaker preside over house sittings is one of the panel members’ key duties.
The group also meets once a week to discuss new issues and difficulties associated with being the House speaker.
A member of this panel is given the responsibility of preside over a plenary session or chairing the committee of the whole house when neither the speaker nor the deputy speaker are present.
Like the speaker, they are responsible for maintaining decorum and controlling house sittings.
The speaker appoints the panel’s members after consulting with the parliamentary parties. However, the speaker has the authority to replace them before their time.
According to the standing orders that control how parliament works, they are allowed to use all the powers that the Deputy Speaker is allowed to.
Four senators were proposed by Senate Speaker Amason Kingi for the speaker’s panel.
The include:Senators Hilary Sigei of Bomet, Senator Abdul Haji of Garissa, and Senators Veronica Maina and Catherine Mumma.
The house approved various committees, including the committee on appointments, which is expected to start vetting the candidates for the cabinet, on a hectic day that also witnessed the approval of the members.