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.