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He added the Members of the National Assembly had been clear that their decision was pegged on the fact that the targeted institutions had ‘wronged them’ in one way or another and the deductions were to serve as a punishment, calling on the others not to be intimidated and continue carrying out their functions.

He further noted with concern that these institutions may be bullied into ‘rubberstamping’ proposals by the National Assembly for fear of being reprimanded saying the lower House needed to be tamed.

“The independence of these institutions is now compromised as they may now not be impartial in a bid to safeguard the allocation of monies made to them in subsequent financial years,” stated the Elgeyo Marakwet Senator.

Murkomen launched an onslaught on Budget and appropriations Committee Chairman Mutava Musyimi who made the proposals saying he had failed Kenyans owing to his career as a religious leader.

“Mark 9:35 is the same scripture he preached and used to call people to the alter call telling them come ye to Jesus and be meek. I was extremely saddened to see how politics has changed the good Reverend to the extent that he has become what he has become,” said Murkomen.

“I want to remind him the book of Revelations says, come back to your first love!”

Wetangula who seconded the motion also expressed displeasure at the manner in which Musyimi conducted himself throughout the process of mediation to the debate on the report by the committee claiming that he had even side-stepped his colleagues at the mediation committee and led the war in fighting the senate and other independent institutions.

“This House is not seeking favours; this House is not seeking sympathy, this House is fighting to defend the Constitution of Kenya. You cannot allocate Sh283 billion to the counties and refuse to allocate Sh1 billion to oversight the money, “stated Wetangula.

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“The National Assembly has the responsibility to act above board on every matter.”

He called for unity irrespective of political affiliation to ensure the senate fights for its place so as to protect devolution.

“These turf wars are not good for this country…when a dog barks look for the owner, Duale and Musyimi have owners, they are not just barking,” Wetangula quipped.

Wetangula further dispelled the notion that the monies allocated to the oversight kitty were meant to be used for campaigns as claimed by the lower House saying there was a proper structure on how it was going to be used.

“We have sat with the Parliamentary Director of Budget and we have established how this money would be used,” he said.

The Senate was called for a special sitting to debate the issue which has been seen to escalate the supremacy wars between the two houses and which also threatened to cause a financial crisis following the stalemate over the Division of Revenue Bill.

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