National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi’s term as the Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Africa Region, has been extended until 2022.
The announcement was made Saturday during the CPA’s 51st Conference in Nigeria’s Capital, Abuja which the Speaker is attending.
Muturi who was elected to the position in 2018 during the Association’s AGM in Gaborone, Botswana was expected to hand over to a new Chairperson during the Abuja Conference.
He will now hand over during the next Annual General Meeting scheduled to be held in Sierra Leone in June 2022.
“Based on the regional leadership roster approved during the 50th Annual Regional Conference held in Zanzibar in September 2019, and following the postponement of the 51st Annual Conference in 2020, there will be an additional one year of service for the EXCO Chairperson(2018-2021) and will rotate out during the AGM in 2022″, read a resolution of the Conference.
The CPA is an international community of Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance and parliamentary practice.
Meanwhile, Muturi has called on youth and women to become active participants in politics as well as seek elective positions instead of remaining aloof.
He made the call on the sidelines of the four-day conference which ends tomorrow (Sunday).
The Speaker challenged the two groupings of the voting demographics on the continent to become active participants in order to inject new ideas and energy to facilitate speedy development across the continent.
” You cannot complain when you refuse to participate because by refusing to participate, you’ll have already have voted in retrogressive leaders”, he said.
He stressed that women participation is key to the development of the continent.
Muturi early this month announced he would relinquish three major international Parliamentary group positions to concentrate on his presidential campaign ahead of the 2022 general election.
Besides CPA, Muturi serves as the chairman of the African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (APNAC) as well as the vice-chair Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC).
The Speaker will run for President in next years poll on a DP ticket.