Author: Grace Ng’ang’a
AfricaPress-Kenya: Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata and his National Assembly counterpart Emmanuel Wangwe are among the few legislators who will be conferred with top national honours later in the year.
In the line-up that awarded the men and women who replaced exiting Tanga Tanga MPs in parliamentary leadership, the 11 of their counterparts are slated for Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear and 1 a Moran of the Order of the Golden Heart award.
They have been proposed by the Parliamentary Honors Advisory Committee on the basis of the parliamentary position they hold but will be vetted by the members of the public.
Besides the 12, another set of five parliamentary staff, led by Clerk of the National Assembly Michael Sialai are slated to be honoured.
Sabina Chege (Murang’a Women Rep) who chairs the Health Committee, and was recently in crosshairs of environmentalists over her remarks on a forest in her county, is also on the list, alongside her Busia
counterpart Florence Mutua, the chair of Education Committee.
Mutua is an ODM stalwart who was a member of the famous ‘Pangani Six’ who detained and arraigned in court over hate speech in 2016.
The nomination list also includes Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr who is also the Senate Minority Whip.
Others up for the CBS awards are Japhet Miriti Kareke (Mara), Christopher Omulele (Luanda), John Olago Aluoch (Kisumu West), Moses Lessonet (Eldama Ravine), Peris Pesi Tobiko (Kajiado), and Nyamunga Ogendo (Nominated Senator).
Michael Rotich Sialai clerk of the National Assembly has also been nominated for the CBS awards. Isiolo Senator Fatuma Adan Dullo is the only one nominated for the MGH awards.
Up for the EBS awards are, Eunice Gichangi, Deputy Clerk Senate, Jeremiah Walusala Deputy Clerk National Assembly, Serah M. Kioko
Deputy Clerk National Assembly, and Clement Nyandiere DirectorGeneral Parliamentary joint services. Some of the benefits they enjoy include an invitation to national and community functions as a State guest, they may also get assistance from the government including, the highest attainable standard of healthcare services, accessible and adequate housing, and reasonable standards of sanitation and adequate food of acceptable quality.
They are also entitled to social security, free transport to public functions as well as employment opportunities for their dependents who meet relevant qualifications. The public has until September 18 to submit their views or objections to the secretariat of the committee.