Kenya Cabinet stalemate raised in House

July 21, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 21- An attempt by Ikolomani Member of Parliament Bonny Khalwale to compel Prime Minister Raila Odinga to issue a statement concerning the Cabinet’s stalemate over the formation of a local tribunal was sidetracked after the Temporary Speaker directed that the matter be filed as an ordinary question.

He had sought the Speaker’s ruling on the matter arguing that such an issue was not expressly given under the Standing Orders and fell under procedural question to be decided by the Speaker.

Dr Khalwale also sought to make the PM explain the recent report by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) listing those it claims financed last year’s post election violence.

“In view of the fact that the matter which I’m raising is difficult for us to prompt the Prime Minister because the Standing Orders do not provide, I am requesting Mr speaker to use Standing Order number 1 to direct the PM to bring before this House a statement to the respect of the report of the KNCHR on post election violence and the deadlock in Cabinet.”

This comes after Cabinet failed on two occasions to reach a consensus on whether suspects accused of organising and funding militias during the last election will be tried in Kenya.
Dr Khalwale also wanted the PM to tell Parliament “whether the report by the commission was approved by the Cabinet before it was made public”. However Temporary Speaker Phillip Kaloki declined the request instead advising the MP to file the question in the Order Paper for consideration.

Last week, KNCHR published a final report which named seven Cabinet Ministers, and 10 Members of Parliament among perpetrators of the post election violence that rocked Kenya last year.

Still in Parliament, Saboti MP Eugene Wamalwa sought a ministerial statement from the Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya over the process of recruitment of clerks who will conduct next month’s national census.

Mr Wamalwa claims the recruitment was marred by irregularities and corruption and might compromise the whole process of conducting the National Census between August 24 and 25.
“There have been numerous complaints about irregularities and the exercise was marred by bribery and corruption and bias against young unemployed Kenyans who were left out of this exercise.”

“I would like the minister to deny or confirm that the exercise was flawed particularly by members of the provincial administration and if this was the case what remedial measure will be taken.”

Mr Oparanya is expected to answer the question next week as many questions continue to be raised on the accuracy of next month’s national census with many political vested interests set to take centre stage.

The Saboti MP asked the minister to nullify and repeat the exercise in Kiminini, Trans Nzoia West,  and Saboti divisions where he claimed the cases were rampant.


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