Speaker Muturi suspends PSC appointments over discord in Jubilee, NASA

December 14, 2017 4:27 pm
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A section of members from both Jubilee and NASA protested the appointments of their respective nominees saying that the proposed names were not unanimously approved/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 14 – National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has suspended the motion on appointment of members to the Parliamentary Service Commission following a full blown discord that played out on the floor of the House on Thursdays morning sitting.

A section of members from both Jubilee and NASA protested the appointments of their respective nominees saying that the proposed names were not unanimously approved.

In NASA, Borabu Member of Parliament Ben Momanyi who is also from Wiper protested the list submitted by the coalition saying that it lacked merit.

“As a Party we do not agree with the list which has been submitted by NASA leadership. We were not consulted and we are entitled to a slot because we are a party that has more than five members,” protested Momanyi.

Momanyi said there were no consultations on how the NASA’s nominees were picked.

“Wiper was excluded in the drafting of the list and we as a party we demand that consultations be made by the party’s top organ before the final list is submitted on the floor of the House,” said Momanyi.

Muturi directed NASA to return to its highest party organ and sort the issues of nominations as raised by Momanyi.

“The dispute within NASA should be resolved within the party and after a resolution has been reached the office of the speaker should be notified,” said Muturi.

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi had to abruptly adjourn debate on the approval of nominees to the PSC after also Jubilee MPs openly rejected the list submitted by the party leadership.

The Jubilee MPs were up against the reappointment of Senator Beth Mugo, Eldas MP Adan Keynan and Taveta MP Naomi Shabaan. Only Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot received the backing of Jubilee MPs.

Keynan and Mugo will be making a third and a second term at the helm of PSC respectively, a matter that has angered MPs from both Jubilee and NASA.

MPs who attended Jubilee Party Parliamentary Group meeting at State House on Wednesday where those nominated to serve at PSC were unveiled are said to have rejected Kenyatta’s proposals.

The MPs who wished not to be named said they told Kenyatta to let them decide on who will serve in the commission that looks after lawmaker’s welfare even as they reluctantly accepted a list proposing chairs and vice chairs of all other House committees.

NASA has named Homa Bay Woman Rep Gladys Wanga (ODM), Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa (ODM) and Vihiga senator George Khaniri (ANC).

The commission is headed by the Speaker and is considered to be influential as it approves decisions in the running of Parliament as an institution.

Its members often influence employment in Parliament and it watches over budgetary allocations.

Commissioners are paid an allowance of Sh40,000 per sitting since PSC is a constitutional commission.

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