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A lecture on the law making process in Kenya by Honorable Ken Okoth

On 18th September, Honorable Ken Okoth, an elected member of parliament representing Kibra constituency in Nairobi county, for a second term, gave first-year law students a lecture on the law making process in Kenya.

In his lecture, he mentioned the several ways that the law-making process in the country can be done. This includes: bill origination, amendments of existing bills, constitutional bills, presidential memorandum bills and money bills. He also spoke on the different stages of the bill making process which was captivating to all of us. Hon. Okoth explained to the class the role of the President in the law making process citing the example of the recent Finance Bill which the President failed to assent into law and returned to parliament with a few amendments.

As a first year law student, this lecture enlightened us in many ways beyond our imagination. What stood out exceptionally was when he said that whenever we see a problem in society, we have not only the power but also the responsibility through our representatives in parliament to provide a solution. Further, he stated that not every problem is solved by creating a new law; some can be solved by simply amending the act or bill in question.

In conclusion, I would like to thank our lecturer Mr. Allan Mukuki on behalf of the solicitors’ class for bringing such an amazing personality to come and speak to us. The questions asked by my fellow students indicated that the guest speaker had challenged many of us and had ignited a passion for law making in a number of the students.


Honorable Ken Okoth has been the elected member of parliament representing Kibra constituency in Nairobi county since 2013. He serves as a member of the committee on Education Science Research and Technology. He is also a founding member of the Kenya Parliamentary Human Rights Association, a bi-partisan caucus of like-minded legislators committed to promoting a rights-based society in Kenya through legislation, oversight and representation.

This article was written by Verah Cherotich.

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