Political - KENYA
Published on Mon, March 13 2017

Members of the Jubbaland regional assembly are in Kenya to draw examples and enhance their parliamentary capacity as Somalia enhances peace and reconciliation efforts.

As Somalia expedites peace and reconciliation efforts, about 30 members of the Jubbaland regional assembly are in Kenya to enhance their parliamentary capacity

Aside from intensive trainings and lectures facilitated by prominent legislative and political experts, the leaders of 13 parliamentary committees, will also tour Kenya’s National Assembly and the Nairobi City County Assembly to witness proceedings in the two chambers.

The tour is seeking to expose the leaders to democracy and enlighten them on issues revolving around separation of powers, role of parliament in a democracy, conflict resolution, effective parliamentary committees, and the AMISOM mandate and role, among other topics.

The Special Representative to the AU Commission Chairperson and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, hoped that the legislators would goin a lot from the interactions.

He told the Mps the tour was critical, both for the legislators in their shared process of stabilizing Somalia.

Dr Opiyo Ododa, AMISOM’s head of Stabilization and Early Recovery programme, provided a background to the formation of Jubbaland regional assembly, which was inaugurated in April 2015, with 75 members, four of them female.

The tour is part of efforts to build the technical capacity for various Somali stakeholders, so that they can reconcile and bring peace to their country. Early this week, 21 leaders from diverse backgrounds were in Nairobi for a three-day workshop on negotiations and mediations.

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