Head of State: President Uhuru Kenyetta
Joined the Commonwealth: 1963
Capital City (location of Parliament): Nairobi
Unicameral/Bicameral: Bicameral - National Assembly (349), Senate (67)
CPA UK & Kenya
The Kenya and UK Parliaments have a mutually beneficial and positive historical relationship. CPA UK has been at the forefront of bringing together parliamentarians and officials to consult and advise their Kenyan counterparts over a number of years, most notably during Kenya's constitutional transition and the creation of the new Senate in 2013. Until the end of the May 2015, CPA UK had supported the State University of New York (SUNY) in running a comprehensive programme of support to the Parliament for 15 years, funded by USAID and DFID, amongst others.
CPA UK has been providing support to the Kenya Women’s Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) since January 2011. Prior to the 2013 elections, the number of women parliamentarians stood at just 22 which has subsequently increased to 76 in the National Assembly and 21 in the Senate. CPA UK has also worked to support building the capacity of Committees and procedural clerks on a variety of topics. In 2010, CPA UK sent a delegation of ten parliamentarians to participate in Kenya's hosting of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Nairobi.
CPA UK has had a short break in engagement before the parliamentary elections in August 2017, but supported the Commonwealth Secretariat in sourcing a UK parliamentary observer to the elections that year.
Kenyan parliamentarians and clerks are frequent participants and contributors to CPA UK's multilateral programmes, attending the Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure and more recently the Commonwealth Parliamentarians' Forum in 2018.
Our Recent Programmes
CPA UK Briefing on the Kenyan Government's Approach to Counter-terrorism, January 2019
This briefing paper provides an outline of Al-Shabaab’s operations in Kenya, the Kenyan
Government’s counter-terrorism measures and the role played by the Parliament of Kenya in supporting these approaches, and their impact on human rights. It forms one of the main outputs of the CPA UK visit to Kenya in October 2018.
Parliamentary Staff Training and New Members’ Induction Programme, Mombasa, 4 - 6 October 2018
CPA UK in partnership with CPA Kenya organised a training workshop for parliamentary staff and new members of the National Assembly of Kenya in Mombasa, Kenya.
Based on priority areas identified by CPA Kenya and the National Assembly of Kenya in discussions with CPA UK and designed to benefit parliamentary staff and new Members, the programme focused on themes like parliamentary practice and procedures, committee inquires, drafting reports, budget scrutiny, communication skills and fostering good relationship with parliamentary colleagues. The staff training was organised on 4 and 5 October, and the new Members’ workshop was organised on 5 and 6 Oct 2018. Around 50 clerks and members of parliament attended the training. The UK delegation included Lord Steel, Baroness Armstrong, Katy Stout and two CPA UK staff.
Africa-UK Public Accounts Committee Workshop 2018, Nairobi, 29 August - 1 September 2018
CPA UK organised an Africa- UK Public Accounts Committee workshop in Nairobi between 29 August and 1 September. The workshop aimed to enable Public Accounts Committees to fulfil their remit to scrutinise the value for money of public spending, to hold their governments to account for the delivery of public services, and to strengthen regional collaboration and seek opportunities for coordination. The workshop also provided an opportunity to participants to develop their technical skills and improve capacity through interactive exercises and knowledge and experience sharing. Around 45 delegates participated from 11 African countries.
CPA UK Modern Slavery Project explores opportunities with Kenya Parliament, Nairobi, 27 - 28 August 2018
Darren Jones MP led a CPA UK delegation to Nairobi, Kenya for a two-day programme from 27-28 August. Meeting with parliamentarians and key stakeholders, the visit was an opportunity to explore potential areas for partnership with the Kenya Parliament as part of the CPA UK Modern Slavery Project.
Delegation of Members of the Committee on Selection from the National Assembly of Kenya, Westminster, 12-13 January 2016
CPA UK facilitated a two-day programme for the Members of the Committee on Selection from the National Assembly of Kenya. The visit enhanced the capacity of Committee Members to effectively carry out the Committee’s mandate and address some of the challenges faced.
Meetings on Scrutiny of Spending and Investment for the Public Accounts Committee and Public Investments Committee of the National Assembly, Westminster, 7 - 8 December 2016
This programme generated discussion of the role of the Public Accounts Committee and the Public Investment Committee, and particularly what the powers and responsibilities of Kenya’s committees do and have the potential to be. This programme covered issues of technical support to the committee, as well as committee inquiries, engagement with Supreme Audit institutions and Non-Governmental Organisations.