By Mwakwaya Raymond
Kenya has changed its guard at the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) through Tana River Senator Danson Mungatana from Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo.
On November 11, 2022, Sen Mungatana and Sen Prof Margaret Kamar took over as leaders of Kenyan delegation at PAP sessions.
In its November 8, 2022 on its first Ordinary Session of the sixth Parliament of PAP in Midrand, former Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo told the delegations to play a pivotal role in ensuring security, peace and stability in Africa.
With Ethiopia in the bag after Obasanjo and former President Uhuru Kenyatta brokered peace agreement, PAP’s is a full tray to deal with motions to adopt and discuss.
These include a motion on the DRC-Rwanda conflict, a motion on illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by US and its allies, the Mozambique terrorism challenges motion and the Uganda oil project motion.
Taking an oath conducted by the PAP President and Speaker Senator Chief Fortune Charumbira, the Kenyan delegation of five members (two senators/three members of Parliament) took their seats in the ongoing sitting themed: “Building resilience in nutrition on the African continent: Accelerate the human capital, social and economic development.”
The rest of delegation comprised of Kalasinga Majimbo (Kabuchai), Rachel Mukami (Nyeri County MP), Esther Passaris ( Nairobi County MP).
PAP is tasked with the mandate of passing model laws for the whole of African Parliaments.
It also the oversight body for the African Union AU as well as giving representation to the people of Africa.
After the colourful event of swearing in, Mungatana led the Kenya delegation in paying a courtesy call on the PAP President who is also the 2nd Vice President of PAP Hon Dr Gayo Ashebir.
The delegation will be in office for five years before new members are sworn in.