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Tuesday, 21 Mar 2017 14:44 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Mr Michael Rotich Sialai has today taken over as the new clerk of the National Assembly following the retirement of Mr Justin Bundi at 60. Bundi, handed over to Sialai at a ceremony that was witnessed by senior staff of the National Assembly in the Clerk’s office, within Parliament buildings. The outgoing clerk chaired the last meeting of the National Assembly Service Board, before handing over and called upon all Board Members to work together so as to enhance excellence in the National Assembly.
Mr. Bundi, joined Parliament as a Clerk's Assistant in 1993, and rose to the position of the Clerk National Assembly after serving the National Assembly diligently for a period of 24 years. During the same period, he was seconded to serve the East African Legislative Assembly, as the Clerk of the Assembly, between 2004-2009. He proceeds to retirement as from tomorrow as Mr. Sialai is sworn in officially. Members of Parliament on Wednesday January 25, 2017 unanimously approved the appointment of Sialai following a report that was submitted to the House by majority Whip Katoo ole Metito after the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) proposed his name as the best placed candidate.
In their consideration of Sialai’s suitability, MPs showered praises on the often chatty and knowledgeable officer with most saying he is the ‘undisputed heir to the office.' Katoo pointed out that Sialai’s sterling and illustrious service rendered to Parliament and the Nation has earned him various titles including last year when he was conferred the national award of the Elder of Burning Spear by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“There is no doubt that Mr Sialai, has the requisite qualification, charisma, experience, demeanour and flair of parliamentary work that makes him more suited for the appointment,” Metito said of Sialai who has worked at the Kenya Parliament for 21 years raising from a clerk to Senior Deputy Clerk. Sialai who is known for easy going nature with staff, journalists and regular visitors to Parliament, was described as an officer with a deep understanding of parliamentary jurisdictions which he usually exhibits in his often very detailed presentations on any matter that he is contributing to. National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale who is serving his second term in Parliament lauded the appointment by the PSC as ‘spot-on’
“Mr Speaker, I have worked with Mr Sialai in the Tenth Parliament when I was a new MP and Sialai is one officer who has amassed an overwhelming wealth of knowledge of the workings of Parliament; its legislative procedures, jurisdictions. I am sure that you and your predecessor will agree that Sialai was key in making sure that all the proceedings of the House and its committees were up to date.”
Duale added that: “Hon Sialai wrote a Masters Thesis which forms part of the authorities which are being quoted internationally in the cases relating to historical injustices regarding the Talai people of Tinderet. That Thesis is used at the ICC.” Minority Deputy Leader Jakoyo Midiwo said he has known Sialai for 15 years and can attest to his suitability and professionalism.