When 65-year-old Moses Masika Wetangula assumes office as the 8th Speaker of the National Assembly, as every Speaker before him, Wetangula will nominate a committee that will assist in running the House. This is known as the Speaker’s Panel and operates under the form of an Executive Committee. Besides the Speaker and his Deputy, four other Members of the House form the Chairperson’s Panel and normally assist the substantive Speaker and the Deputy Speaker in presiding over the House Proceedings, and during the Committee of the Whole House. The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly is Gladys Boss Shollei.
The panel is appointed for the tenure of a term of parliament (five years) and may be replaced at the behest of the Speaker in consultation with the leader of the nominating party. The panel meets weekly to consider arising procedural issues and the challenges of presiding in the House with the Deputy Speaker serving as the Chairperson.
How the Speaker’s Panel is Constituted
What is the Role of the Speaker’s Panel?
In the 12th Parliament under Speaker Justin Muturi, the Members of the National Assembly’s Speaker’s Panel included: Hon. Patrick Mariru (former MP Laikipia West), Hon. Jessica Mbalu (re-elected MP Kibwezi East), Deputy Speaker, Hon. Moses Cheboi (former MP Kuresoi North), Hon. Soipan Tuya (former Narok County Women Representative) & Hon. Chris Omulele (former MP Luanda). All eyes now turn to Speaker Moses Wetangula and Deputy Speaker Gladys Boss Shollei for the list of nominees of the Speaker’s Panel.