George Kebaso @Morarak
Kenya can use the China’s National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference’s (CPPCC) to guide its ‘Building Bridges Initiative’, Parliament Speakers have said.
Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka and his National Assembly counterpart Justin Muturi yesterday praised CPPCC’s organisation, saying it provided important lessons for the country’s quest for unity. The CPPCC comprises legislators, business executives, religious and community leaders.
Muturi and Lusaka also gave indication of their readiness to tap into the expertise of operations of the CPPCC to better their level of over-sighting the Executive.
“There is a lot Kenya can learn from China’s CPPCC in the way they do business,” the two leaders said. Lusaka said through the integrated operations of the CPPCC, China has increased its diverse sponsorship to Kenya.
They spoke when they met a high-profile Chinese delegation led by Wang Yang, the Chinese vice Premier and CPPCC chair, that is touring Kenya on a fact-finding mission to assess the progress and impact of Chinese-funded projects in the country.
The group donated computers and other office equipment to the two levels of Parliament valued at Sh50 million.
Muturi acknowledged the CPPCC’s composition and organisation, which he said offers perfect lessons for Kenya’s parliamentary committees to learn from.
The delegation arrived in the country on Sunday afternoon and were received by Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, Sun Baohong, National Assembly Majority leader, Aden Duale and Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials. “We believe this important visit will give a vigorous boost to China-Kenya relations,” said Baohong.