In Summary
  • In the first assembly, Mr Kaberia said he oversaw the passage of 37 bills, 421 motions and 17 petitions.
  • Mr Kaberia hopes to improve oversight, ensure public participation and proper legislation.

Mr Joseph Kaberia, one of the few speakers who made it back for a second term, is now keen on enhancing public participation in the Meru County assembly.

In the first assembly, Mr Kaberia said he oversaw the passage of 37 bills, 421 motions and 17 petitions.

He was elected speaker after beating five other contestants, having garnered 56 votes in the second round of voting.

DEVELOPMENT

Mr Kaberia attributed his re-election to his performance in the first assembly besides being favoured by the need to have regional balance in the county’s leadership.

“I closely engaged all MCAs and won support across the political divide. My development and leadership record gave me the upper hand. I look forward to doing more in my second term,” he said.

The Speaker prided himself on overseeing the refurbishment of old offices and putting up a modern debate chamber in his first term.

He said he aims at expanding the facilities to enhance legislation.

“In our first term, we started on a clean slate with several teething problems.

"There were no structures or human resource capacity to run a county assembly. The first year involved learning and putting up the structures for proper legislature,” Mr Kaberia said.

LEGISLATION
He said MCAs lacked a proper debating chamber, offices and committee rooms to effectively perform their duties.

“The MCAs and staff were also taken through a lot of training to debate and make sound laws,” he said.

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