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MPs approve House Business Committee

Speaker Justin Muturi had earlier tried to break the stalemate by ruling that the MPs can vote and remove the name of the member they want the political party leadership to replace. Photo/ FILE

Speaker Justin Muturi had earlier tried to break the stalemate by ruling that the MPs can vote and remove the name of the member they want the political party leadership to replace. Photo/ FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 11 – The National Assembly on Wednesday unanimously voted to approve the membership of the House Business Committee despite MPs expressing reservations of the conduct of some nominees.

The legislators on Tuesday delayed passage of the names as they demanded the withdrawal of the Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi and Homa Bay County Woman Representative Gladys Wanga from the crucial team which sets the daily business to be transacted by the House.

The Speaker Justin Muturi had earlier tried to break the stalemate by ruling that the MPs can vote and remove the name of the member they want the political party leadership to replace.

“In the case of the Motion before the House today, it is in order for a member to make amendments to delete any name or names proposed to be a member of the HBC but not to replace such name or names. Any proposals for replacements must originate from the concerned parliamentary political party,” he said in his Communication to the House.

A rejection of the Motion to set up the House Committee would have led to the adjournment of the National Assembly until July when it can be re-introduced for debate.

However, MPs did not present an amendment to the list as the Speaker read out the names but only jeered when the names of Wanga and Linturi was called.

Jubilee Coalition which has the majority in the House had recently vowed to discipline Wanga who was captured on camera sprinkling bottled water at Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso during last year’s special sitting which was characterised by chaotic scene as opposition MPs tried to stop the approve the Security Laws Amendment Bill.

MPs woes with Linturi stem out of the time he abandoned a censure motion against Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru despite lobbying support from legislators.

Speaker Muturi was forced to adjourn the House on Tuesday without putting the matter to vote after MPs from both sides walked out to deny the House quorum.

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The lack of a HBC means that no business can be presented in the House,

The two parties have fresh nominees to the Committee, which decides what is transacted on the floor of the House.

CORD has dropped former Chief Whip Gideon Mung’aro, Funyula MP Paul Otuoma and Eldas MP Aden Keynan who served during the second session of Parliament.

The Opposition appointed its new Chief Whip Thomas Mwadeghu to replace Mung’aro.

Borabu’s Ben Momanyi and Langata MP Joash Olum will take over positions previously held by Otuoma and Keynan.

The ruling Jubilee Coalition replaced Nairobi County Woman representative Rachael Shebesh and Bonchari MP Zepedeo Opore with Meru County Woman Representative Florence Kajuju and Kinangop MP Stephen Mburu.

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