, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 11 – Tempers flared during Wednesday’s afternoon National Assembly sitting after CORD revoked the membership of another three MPs from various House Committee’s because they have been associating themselves with the Maendeleo Chap-chap Movement associated with Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua.
House Speaker Justin Muturi informed MPs that the CORD leadership in the House had withdrawn the nominations of Mwingi North MP John Muneve, Mwingi Central MP Joe Mutambu and Kilome MP Regina Ndambuki from the House Committees on Energy and Communication, Administration and National Security and that of Transport and Public Works respectively.
Majority Leader Aden Duale stoked discord in CORD after he welcomed the trio as they crossed over to the government side of the House.
“I want to welcome Honourable Muneve, Honourable Ndambuki, Honourable Mwashetani, Honourable Momanyi and the others who have been de-whipped. I want to tell you welcome to the side where people love you. I promise that we will sort you, in due course, even if it is a matter of amending the Standing Orders in order to find a place for you,” Duale said.
Munuve who was last year beaten and chased out of a Wiper Party fundraiser clashed with the Minority Deputy Whip Chris Wamalwa (Kiminini MP) and ODM chairman John Mbadi (Suba MP) after he said he felt liberated from party which had dictatorial tendencies.
“I have been constrained very badly by the fact that people with obviously mediocre brains have had to masquerade as leaders and decided that they have a monopoly of knowledge and decided I cannot think independently,” Muneve said.
Wamalwa shot up on a point of order requesting the Speaker to take action against Muneve for using unparliamentary language on his colleagues.
“Is he in order Mr Speaker, to refer his colleagues – whoever wrote the letters in line with the Political Parties Act – that they have mediocre brains? Can he substantiate, Mr Speaker? We were all elected into this House, we are equal and no member should be allowed to insult others,” said the Minority Deputy Whip.
The Speaker said he will make a ruling on the matter after he reviews the Hansard to determine whether Munuve had indeed made the alleged statement.
Mbadi further cautioned the defectors; “Those who are crossing the floor (to the government side) should be told that the writing is on the wall, don’t dig your own political grave.”
The decision to de-whip the three follows a resolution of the CORD parliamentary group meeting held on Tuesday which agreed to discipline MPs who have been popularizing activities of Maendeleo Chap-Chap Movement.