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Kenyan Senate visit to Albany for Comparative Study Tour

Kenya Senate Delegation members pose on the dais of the Senate Chamber with Secretary of the New York State Senate, Francis Patience.

Kenya Senate Delegation members pose on the dais of the Senate Chamber with Secretary of the New York State Senate, Francis Patience. Left to Right – Mr. Ibrahim Leruk, First Clerk Assistant; Mr. Samual Njenga Njuguna, Director of Committees; Senator George Khaniri; Senator (Eng.) Muriuki Karue; Mr. Francis Patience, Secretary of the Senate; Senator (Dr.) Agnes Zani, Deputy Committee Chair; Senator Stephen Sang; Senator Boy Juma Boy; Mr. Stephen Gikonyo, First Clerk Assistant

Members of the Kenyan Senate Committee on Monitoring and Evaluation meet with Secretary of the New York State Senate, Francis Patience, in the Senate Chamber.

Members of the Kenyan Senate Committee on Monitoring and Evaluation meet with Secretary of the New York State Senate, Francis Patience, in the Senate Chamber.

In June 2016 SUNY/CID conducted a one-week study visit for members and staff of the Parliament of Kenya to Albany, NY. The participants – five senators and three parliamentary staff members - are part of the Senate Committee on Monitoring and Evaluation. The visit was funded by the Kenyan Senate.

The Committee’s objective is to develop strong oversight and monitoring systems and tools to help them review financial and performance data for the 47 new counties created pursuant to the Kenyan Constitution approved by voters in 2010. The delegation’s goal was to obtain comparative information to facilitate the implementation of measures to ensure transparency and accountability, improve fiscal responsibility, counter corruption and enable responsible civic engagement between officials and citizens.

Kenyan Senate Delegation meets with the Rockefeller Institute of Government.

Kenyan Senate Delegation meets with the Rockefeller Institute of Government. Left to Right: Mr. Samual Njenga Njuguna, Director of Committees; Senator Boy Juma Boy; Senator George Khaniri; Senator Stephen Sang; Senator (Eng.) Muriuki Karue; Dr. Michael Hattery, Director of Local Government Studies, Rockefeller Institute; Senator (Dr.) Agnes Zani, Deputy Committee Chair; Mr. Robert E. Bullock, Deputy Director for Operations, Rockefeller Institute; Professor Gang Chen, Visiting Fellow, Rockefeller Institute; Mr. Stephen Gikonyo, First Clerk Assistant; Mr. Ibrahim Leruk, First Clerk Assistant.

With this in mind, SUNY/CID designed a program for the delegation that included meetings with state legislative and government officials, local government officials and policy makers. The participants were keen to understand the dynamic relationship between local, state, and federal government in Albany. During their visit, the delegation met with researchers at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, staff from the Senate Finance Committee, and auditors at the Office of the State Comptroller to discuss effective fiscal and programmatic controls and oversight measures. The group toured and visited the New York State Capitol Building, the Legislative Office Building, and the Olana State Historic Site to get a better understanding of the history and cultural context of government in New York State.

This study visit continues the fifteen year long fruitful partnership between SUNY/CID and the Kenyan Parliament and represents another very successful study program designed and implemented by SUNY/CID.

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Posted August 23, 2016