It’s now official, Senate Majority Whip, Senator Susan Kihika is the new Bureau of Woman Parliamentarians President until the year 2020.
Senator Kihika who has been the First Vice President in the Bureau ascended to the position after her predecessor Hon Ulrika Karlsson of Sweden lost her parliamentary seat following the September 2018 election.
Her first official function as the Bureau President was on Sunday when she officially opened and chaired the 28th Forum of Women Parliamentarians of the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) at the Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Earlier in March this year, the Nakuru County Senator was unanimously elected the First Vice President of the Forum at the last session of the forum. She has been the President as an acting capacity but according to the rules of the Bureaus of Women Parliamentarians the First Vice President automatically takes over should the seat become vacant.
“Should the President die, resign or lose her seat in Parliament, the First Vice President shall serve as President for the remainder of the term,” read rule 4.4 of the Bureau.
Addressing delegates during the 28th Forum of Women Parliamentarians, Senator Kihika said she was honoured and would work hard to promote the ideals of the Bureau.
“I am deeply honoured to preside over the Bureau of Women Parliamentarians and the Session for the Forum of Women Parliamentarians,” said Susan Kihika.
“I look forward to working with each of you to promote gender equality and women empowerment in the IPU and in our member Parliaments,” she added.
The President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Hon Gabriela Cuevas Barron who is a Senator in Mexico congratulated Sen Kihika on her Presidency saying she has “full confidence in Susan who is an extraordinary woman who will champion the Forum’s ideals.”
The Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka has also congratulated her as has scores of residents of Nakuru County where she hails from.
Susan Kihika was yesterday, Saturday, among members of the Kenyan Delegation who participated in proceedings at the Meeting of the African Geopolitical Group at the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The outcomes of the meeting will form part of the discussions in the 139th Forum of IPU which takes place between 14th – 18th October 2018.
Other Kenyans in the delegation include Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, Senator Samuel Poghisio, Senator Agnes Zani, Hon Emmanuel Wangwe, Hon Kangogo Bowen, Hon Lydia Haika and Hon Joyce Emanikor.