The recruitment of a new House Clerk for the National Assembly is alleged to have run into headwinds amidst allegations of bribery.
This revelation follows statements made by Ugenya Member of Parliament (MP) David Ochieng’ before the House that a candidate has been bragging about bribing members of the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC).
“Many members of staff who applied for the job have asked me what they should do because there’s a person who has bought all commissioners, including you, Mr Speaker,” he told the House on Thursday last week.
The MP urged Speaker Justin Muturi, who chairs the PSC, to take charge of the process and ensure the House convenes for an informal sitting after the party primaries to discuss the issue.
Media reports allege that according to sources, the bribes pocketed were between Kshs.500,000 and Kshs.One (1) million each to favour a certain candidate.
The is being undertaken to replace the current Clerk, Michael Sialai, term expires in July. Interviews for the position were to have been conducted last week, but this did not happen. The position attracted 48 applicants, and the commission shortlisted four senior staff members; Samuel Njoroge- Director, Legislative and Procedural Services, Mohamed Ali Mohamed- Deputy Clerk in the Senate, Eunice Wanjiku- Deputy Clerk in the Senate and Serah Kioko- Deputy Clerk in the National Assembly.
The Clerk is the Accounting Officer of the National Assembly and is responsible for all policy and organizational matters. He or she is also the Chief Adviser to the Speaker. The recruit will have to be approved by Parliament.