NASA picks Mbadi, Junet as House leaders but Coast lawmakers object

November 29, 2017 5:16 pm
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In the approved list, Suba South Member of Parliament John Mbadi is the Minority Leader while Suna East Member of Parliament Junet Mohammed is the Minority Whip/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 29 – National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has confirmed and approved the National Super Alliance (NASA) list of members that will constitute the House leadership.

In the approved list, Suba South Member of Parliament John Mbadi is the Minority Leader while Suna East Member of Parliament Junet Mohammed is the Minority Whip.

Mbadi will be deputized by Kathiani Member of Parliament Robert Mbui while Junet will be deputised by Kiminini Member of Parliament Chris Wamalwa.

Ugunja Member of Parliament Opiyo Wandayi while congratulating the approved team said he was confident that the Mbadi-led team was best suited and qualified to represent issues of the Opposition in the House.

“As the Opposition we are confident that the four persons named to lead the NASA Parliamentary wing in this August House are more than equal to the task and I congratulate them most heartedly and I wish them all the best,” said Wandayi.

Nominated Member of Parliament Cecily Mbarire however, faulted the Minority Coalition for not being gender sensitive and hypocritical in the two-thirds gender rule debate.

“NASA has time and again boasted of being the ones who follow the Constitution more than Jubilee. It is such a shame that in a party that has serious women legislators none among them has been considered in the formation,” said Mbarire.

Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga defended the list and said that other parliamentary committee slots will be filled by women.

“The four positions are not the only positions within NASA. The party will be bringing other women forward in very many other positions moving forward,” defended Wanga.

NASA Coast MPs led by Suleiman Dori of Msambweni protested over the list saying they will not allow to be discriminated.

The lawmakers said the list lacked regional representation yet the Opposition had received overwhelming support from the Coast region in the August 8 elections.

Speaker Muturi previously quashed the appointment of Mbadi and that of other three leaders saying the appointments were done unprocedurally.

He said that that the appointments then had fallen short of Standing Order requirements.

Muturi has now asked both Jubilee and NASA to fast track the appointments of other members who will sit in the various House Committees.

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