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Michael Sialai named new clerk of the National Assembly

By Wilfred Ayaga | January 25th 2017

The National Assembly Wednesday approved Michael Sialai Rotich as its new clerk replacing Justin Bundi who is proceeding to retirement.

During debate, Sialai, a holder of a Master degree in History was lauded for his fairness and long service as a public officer and as an employee of Parliament.

He is taking over when the Parliament is grappling with a number of challenges such as lack of facilities for both members and staff. It also comes at a time when the role of Parliament is under greater scrutiny from the public.

Leader of Majority, Aden Duale (Garissa Town) said the new clerk will bring a wealth of experience spanning over twenty years in public service. He recognised the incoming clerk for his sense of duty, academic achievements all of which put him in good stead to steer the affairs of the House.

“Everybody who has worked with Mr Sialai recognises his fairness,” said Mr Duale.

Deputy Leader of Minority, Jakoyo Midiwo (Gem) also said the new clerk is equal to the task.

“This is a good time because when the new parliament will come, there will be continuity. He is equal to the task and he has the experience. He fits the job,” said Mr Midiwo.

As Clerk, Sialai, 56 will be the Accounting Officer of the National Assembly. He will be responsible for all policy and organisational matters relating to the national assembly. He will also be the chief advisor of the Speaker of the National Assembly.

"A lot of us remember with nostalgia and Sialai gives his presentations on the workings of various jurisdictions. We want to thank him for the way he has been working," said Deputy Speaker, Joyce Laboso.

"It is good that employees are rewarded from within. Sialai has gone through the ranks and he will do a good job. As we look around the mood of the country, it is only fair that the other staff get the opportunity to be hired on merit the same way Mr Sialai has got this job through merit," said Danita Gati (Migori).

Olago Aluoch (Kisumu West) lauded the incoming clerk's role in setting up of the parliamentary broadcasting unit.

“He is coming as clerk as one among equals. He is coming to work as a member of a team in parliament. Whether his colleagues applied or not, he must be able to accommodate them. He can withstand pressure and work in a very focused manner,” said Mr Aluoch.

The incoming clerk beat five other applicants for the position.

“Other than Mr Sialai, none of the applications met the minimum qualifications for appointment as clerk of the National Assembly,” said the report of the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) that interviewed Sialai.

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