An attempt by  NASA senators to block election of Ken Lusaka as speaker fails

An attempt by NASA senators to block election of Ken Lusaka as speaker fails

BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,31ST AUG 2017- An attempt by  NASA affiliated senators to block the  election of the Ken Lusaka as the house speaker failed after Jubilee members put up a spirited fight

.In the morning session held under the leadership of the clerk to discuss the eligibility of candidates who have been fronted for the position,NASA senators led by Siaya senator  James Orengo,they argue that Lusaka does  not  meet the requirements of chapter six of the constitution  on leadership and integrity.

According to Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior  the senate accounts committee which investigated the misappropriation of funds and abuse of office against Lusaka as Bungoma county governor had recommended that he be prosecuted.Mutula wondered if the same will not come back to haunt Lusaka once elected as speaker.

However Jubilee members of the house had  led by Tharaka Nithi senator Kithure Kindiki quoted the house standing orders saying they did not in anyway propose that the persons being fronted  for election as Speaker be subjected to an integrity test.Kindiki argues  that such a move  can only succeed   if the persons were  charged before   a court of law.

His sentiments  were echoed by Elgeyo Marakweti Kipchumba Murkomen who says as the senate they had the powers to carry on with any legal exercise in the house provided it was guided by the rules of the same house.

The clerk of the house  ruled that considering the independent Electoral and boundaries commission IEBC had allowed Lusaka to vie for his re-election as Bungoma Governor, the  house can not therefore subject his speakers candidacy of an integrity  .He claimed that the report which senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr had talked about had not  been discussed  by the house and therefore can not be followed.

The voting was carried out with no first round winner after Farah Maalum got 23 votes while lusaka had 40 votes given that the law requires one to have  45 votes to be elected as speaker the voting had to go for second round.



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