NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 – Lobbying for the positions of Speaker and Chief Whip within The National Alliance Party (TNA) have begun, with several Members of Parliament (MP) expressing their interest in the posts.
Eighteen MPs met at a Nairobi hotel on Monday to strategise on how to fill the seats in the Eleventh Parliament that is due to be sworn in next week Thursday.
Front runners for the Chief Whip post included Nairobi County Women representative Rachael Shebesh, incoming Kieni MP Joseph Mathenge alias Kanini Kega, Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi and Mukurweini’s Kabando wa Kabando.
The Chief Whip is a political office assigned to an elected member whose task is to administer the whipping system that ensures that members of the party attend and vote as the party leadership desires.
A source who attended the meeting said: “We will be very careful on who we elect once Parliament resumes.
“We know that debate will be rigorous and we cannot afford to make mistakes on who pick for the various post.”
To ensure whoever they choose is elected the parliamentarians agreed to front a person who is nationally acceptable and can easily be acceptable to the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD).
TNA is to get the Speaker and Chief Whip position while the United Republican Party a partner in the Jubilee coalition is to take the Speaker of the Senate.
Former National Assembly Speaker Francis ole Kaparo has already expressed his optimism that he will re-claim his position in the Senate in accordance with an agreement between the two coalition partners.
Kaparo who served as Speaker of the National Assembly for 15 years said he is ready to take up the position if nominated for it.
“The first thing obviously would will be to develop the Senate give clear guidelines on its role and working with the National Assembly find out areas of possible conflict and how they can be ironed out,” Kaparo told Capital FM News in an interview.