Tussle over control of Parliament

The stage is set over the control and leadership positions of the National Assembly this week after lawmakers allied to Azimio-One Kenya coalition insisted that they enjoy the majority in the House.

On Saturday, Wiper Party leader Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka expressed confidence that Azimio will be the Majority Party in the National Assembly.

“For the avoidance of doubt the Azimio-Oka coalition party is legally and legitimately the majority coalition in the national assembly. This is not a matter for determination by any individual or office. It is simple arithmetic,” he said.

On his part, Raila Odinga thanked Kenyans for voting and standing firmly with Azimio and asked the legislators, as the majority coalition in the national assembly to play the oversight role robustly to ensure resources are prudently utilized by the executive.

Lawyer Paul Mwangi maintained that their coalition is the legally recognised majority coalition in the house and would discharge its “rightful role” once parliament reconvenes.

The Political Parties Act was amended to change the definition of a political party to include “a Coalition Political Party”. So when the Constitution talks of the largest party, the definition includes “a coalition political party,” said Paul Mwangi

Speaking to the issue while representing President William Ruto during a closing ceremony of the Induction of Governors and Deputy Governors in Mombasa on Saturday, the Speaker of the National Assembly Moses Wetangula assured both parties of his commitment to arbitrate on the matter in a fair and impartial manner.

The two houses converge this week for a special sitting to plan their legislative calendar and set the date of the official business of the two Houses.

They will also reconvene to among other things form the parliamentary committees, elect chairpersons and their deputies of the committees, agree on House leadership and debate on the National Assembly Clerk.

The two Houses will also nominate MPs to the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) and approve the names.


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