Kalonzo yet to clear hurdle to Parliament

April 15, 2013 8:54 pm
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Mwingi Central MP Joe Mutambu seen here with Musyoka said he had not opted to resign his parliamentary seat/MIKE KARIUKI
Mwingi Central MP Joe Mutambu seen here with Musyoka said he had not opted to resign his parliamentary seat/MIKE KARIUKI
NAIVASHA, Kenya, Apr 15 – Pressure is mounting for lawmakers in the Wiper Democratic Movement to step down for former vice-president Kalonzo Musyoka to make a comeback to Parliament.

According to the plan, Musyoka will assume the position of Leader of Minority Party in the National Assembly once back in Parliament.

During a two-day retreat in Naivasha, the CORD members agreed to constitute a six-member committee to deliberate on Musyoka’s come back.

Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo will assume the role of Deputy Leader of Minority Party in the National Assembly.

In the meantime, Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze will assume the position Leader of Minority Party on an interim basis.

Musyoka and former PM Raila Odinga lost their bid for the presidency to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto in the March 4 General Election.

Kilifi North MP Gideon Mung’aro will be the Minority Whip in Parliament.

Odinga declined the option to force his way back to the Legislature and instead opted to foster implementation of the Constitution outside Parliament.

The recent developments were effected during a CORD retreat at the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha.

As word filtered on the plan, Mwingi Central MP Joe Mutambu declared that he was not the one who had opted to resign his parliamentary seat to enable Musyoka make a comeback to Parliament.

Sources at the CORD retreat in Naivasha had indicated that Mutambu was identified as the one to step down for Musyoka.

However, Mutambu said he was an elected leader and cannot make such a decision without involving his electorate.

“I have not been approached nor have I been asked to step down. I was voted in by the people of Mwingi Central and I have to consult them before making any political move,” he said.

The CORD coalition also struck a deal to make Moses Wetangula the Minority Leader in the Senate, with the Deputy position going to Wajir Senator Hassan Abdulrahman.

The Senate Chief Whip post goes to Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama and Janet Ongera will be the deputy.

Mwingi Central MP Joe Mutambu declared on Monday that he has not resigned his parliamentary seat to enable former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka to make a comeback to parliament.

Sources in the CORD retreat in Naivasha indicated that Mutambu was identified as the one to step down for Musyoka to pave the way for his return to lead the opposition in Parliament.

However, Mutambu who addressed the news conference after the retreat ended said he is an elected leader and cannot make such a decision without involving his electorate.

“I have not been approached nor have I been asked to step down. I was voted in by the people of Mwingi Central and I have to consult them before making any political move,” he said.

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