, NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 3 – Kilifi North Member of Parliament Owen Baya has petitioned his party boss and National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga to kickstart removal hearings for Minority Leader John Mbadi.
Baya wants the former premier to convene a NASA special parliamentary group meeting to allow members remove the Suba South lawmaker from his post following his contribution that led to the passage of the Finance Act 2018.
“I have faith in our party leader that he will facilitate a smooth process where members will change the party’s leadership. Mbadi failed to lead in his role and that is why I see it fit that he does not lead us anymore,” said Baya.
He insists that Mbadi’s position in Parliament mandates him to speak and defend the views held by majority of the lawmakers on the minority side but on the day when the Finance Bill 2018 Bill was passed, Baya argues that Mbadi deserted his role.
In a quick rebuttal, Mbadi dismissed the ouster ploy by Baya maintaining that it will hit a snag largely because Odinga endorsed its passage and publicly rallied NASA MPs to support the Bill.
Mbadi insisted that he cannot be cowed by constant threats from members who until to date continue to express their displeasure on the position he took.
“I have been in Parliament for a while and I am not easily intimidated. Those eyeing for my removal are expressing their personal opinions but I will not be cowed,” he said.
Nyali MP Mohammed Ali who is among legislators who opposed passage of the Bill told Capital FM News on Wednesday that a group of his colleagues will on Thursday hold a ‘Kamukunji’ to deliberate on whether to go on with the plan to initiate an impeachment motion against House Speaker Justin Muturi who is also accused of rigging the vote to defeat those who rejected the Bill.
House Majority Leader Aden Duale is also targeted by the lawmakers after most MPs from the political divide accused him of using cunning methods that aided in the passing of the Bill.
Others like Turkana South MP James Lomenen, Laikipia Woman Representative Catherine Warguru had vowed to go to court to challenge the way the Bill was passed but when contacted on Wednesday to get an update on the same, they appeared elusive on the subject as they promised to respond to the issue later.