Members of the Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs (JLAC) from County Assembly of Kisumu are on a benchmarking mission in Kakamega.

The visit aims at understanding among other issues; extent of the Committee’s oversight on County Government Legal Services including payment of legal fees and Management as well as County Administration of Village Units.

The interraction with their counterparts at the County Assembly of Kakamega will go along way in ehancing the working capacity of the two Assemblies. The seven Member-delegation was led by the Committee Chairperson Hon. Mourice Ochele.
They were received by the Clerk of the County Assembly Dr. Donald Manya and the host Chairperson Hon. Silas Shiyenji Muyeyia. In his welcoming remarks, Dr. Manyala thanked and applauded the Kisumu team for the benchmarking visit. “In the spirit of inter-governmental and intra-governmental relations, we feel privileged having you to capacity-build with us…….,” remarked the Clerk.

Hon. Shiyenyi appreciated the visit saying that such exchange programs would foster better governance. “This collaboration will enhance performance in our respective County Assemblies….thus fostering a strong and vibrant legislative system,” affirmed the Idakho East Legislator.

During the day-long meeting, the two teams discussed a range of issues affecting the two Committees and agreed to forge ahead with more interactive sessions in future for better execution of their mandate.

In his opening remarks, the visiting the Chairperson revealed that his Committee was facing a number of challenges some of which were inherited from the defunct Local Authority in exercising its Constitutional right.

“We are grappling with issues of public service in recruitment and procedures of recruitment,” stated Hon. Ochele, “what entails the Office of the County Attorney and how does it relate with Assembly’s Legal Office? What are the limitations or extent of your oversight? asked the East Kano Member of County Assembly (MCA).

He also outlined the need to have proper work plans and proper budgetary allocations to Committees in a bid to improve and ensure efficiency in service delivery.
They (Committees) further discussed about their working relationships with the County Executive arm of the County Government in relation to their mandates. Later on, the Assembly Speaker Rt. Hon. James Namatsi joined the teams and urged them to continue collaborating through benchmarking and other programs. He promised to give the Assembly Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs all the necessary support it deserves to ensure that it delivers.