Marende argued for the country to make the new dawn a reality, leaders must remain united to build strong institutions and engage in sustainable and democratic practices that embrace the healthy political competition.
"Give dialogue, negotiation, accommodation, and tolerance a chance for the national good. We need to take deliberate steps to replace the norm of zero-sum or winner-takes-it all with a determination to have Kenya win," emphasised the Speaker.
Marende said for the country to realise the fruits of the new Constitution, all holders of constitutional offices must comply with the law.
The Speaker was optimistic that the issues discussed at the conference would give direction and help in giving priorities when implementing the Constitution.
"Our role as leaders shall remain ever so critical in this endeavor and cannot be gainsaid. It is my sincere hope and plea that a most desirable output of this assembly shall be an agreed framework for consensus building so us to expedite the legislative process for the remainder of statutes due in the residue of the life of the 10th Parliament," said the Speaker.
The two-day conference was organised by Kenya National Assembly and development partners â USAid and the UK department for International Development â that have been spearheading good governance and democracy programmes.