The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has sworn in Kenya’s East African Community (EAC) Affairs Cabinet Secretary Peninah Malonza an ex-officio member.
The ceremony took place during the assembly’s 1st Meeting of the 2nd Session of the 5th Assembly held in Arusha, Tanzania.
Ms Malonzo recently moved to the docket of the East African Community, Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) and Regional Development, having initially served as tourism minister. She replaced Rebecca Miano.
While making her maiden speech at the EALA chambers in Arusha, pledged to promote the regional integration.
“I look forward to engaging you…let me assure you of my dedication and that of Kenya to the promotion of the EAC integration agenda,” she said.
“We are glad to have you (Kenya EAC MInister) and we hope you will share your knowledge and wisdom during parliament’s business and promoting regional integration,” said Eala Speaker Joseph Ntakirutimana.
According to Article 48 of the EAC treaty, ex-officio members consist of ministers from partner states are regarded as members of the assembly though they cannot vote.