Jubilee gives up 2 seats in crucial parliament committee

February 9, 2016 12:03 pm
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Parliament was set to resume sittings Tuesday afternoon after a 2-month recess. Photo/FILE.
Parliament was set to resume sittings Tuesday afternoon after a 2-month recess. Photo/FILE.
NAIROBI, Kenya Feb 9 –The Jubilee Coalition has given up two of its seats to the opposition in the powerful House Business Committee in order to beat the third gender threshold in state bodies.

The list of nominees to be adopted when the House resumes its sittings on Tuesday afternoon shows that the ruling coalition has dropped Meru County Woman Representative Florence Kajuju and Kinangop MP Stephen Mburu and replaced them with CORD’s Dennitah Ghati of Migori and Homa Bay’s Gladys Wanga.

The House Business Committee which is chaired by the Speaker of the National Assembly is mandated to prepare, monitor and oversee the implementation of the Parliamentary Calendar, House Business and programmes with the approval of the House.

If the list is adopted, the Committee will have 8 women, one more than it did in the last Session.
The Jubillee Coalition will still retain the lions share in the committee which because it has 15 members against the CORD’s 8.

The Jubilee Coalition seats on the committee are occupied by MPs Katoo Ole Metito, Naomi Shaban, Jamleck Kamau, William Cheptumo, Maalim Mahamud, David Were, Z. K. Cheruiyot, Mithika Linturi, John Serut, Cecilia Ngetich, Priscilla Nyokabi, Rachael Nyamai, Peter Shehe, Joyce Emanikor Akai and Sakaja Johnson. It donated two seats to the PNU Coalition that was filled by Ghati and Wanga in order for the committee to meet the one-third gender balance provision.

ODM now has 8 positions composed of MPs Jakoyo Midiwo, Thomas Mwadeghu, Jessica Mbalu, Wafula Wamunyinyi, Victor Munyaka, Makali Mulu, Gladys Wanga and Dennitah Ghati.

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