Kenya’s Wetang’ula advises Commonwealth Speakers on leveraging carbon credits

Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | Kenya’s National Assembly Speaker, Moses Masika Wetang’ula, highlighted the imperative to continually empower Members of Parliament by providing workshops, financing, and other resources to keep them well-informed about environmental issues.

Addressing the 27th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (CSPOC) in Munyonyo, Wetang’ula stressed the importance of enacting laws, especially in water-secure nations, to safeguard heritage. He emphasized the necessity for a robust legal framework to achieve this goal.

Wetang’ula pointed out that those responsible for pollution should bear the cost, but currently, polluters are benefiting from carbon credit proceeds. He urged vigilance from Parliaments in this regard.

CSPOC was established in 1969 and operates on a two-year cycle.

The conference aims to foster and encourage fairness on the part of Speakers and presiding officers of commonwealth Parliaments.

It also provides an ideal forum to promote knowledge and understanding of Parliamentary democracy in its various forms aiming at developing Parliamentary Institutions.

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The speakers also get an opportunity to share experiences and best practices for tackling the challenges before their legislatures.

The Conference is an independent group and has no formal affiliation with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the Commonwealth Secretariat or the Commonwealth Heads of Government.