BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,2ND FEB,2022-National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has approved the expulsion of six Jubilee MPs from key parliamentary committees.
In his communication Wednesday, Muturi noted that he was satisfied that due process was followed in discharging the members.
The six legislators allied to the Deputy President’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party are Laikipia Woman Representative Cate Waruguru who served in the departmental Committee on Livestock, William Kipkemoi (Information) Katoo ole Metito (Defence) Japheth Kareke Mbiuki, (Environment), David Gikaria (Energy) and Ali Wario, who has been discharged from the Select Committee on Regional Integration.
As is the requirement, the Speaker said the MPs had been duly notified of the intended ejection by the Majority Party Whip.
“ Honourable Members, Having perused the documents through which the Jubilee Party transmitted the decision to discharge the said Hon. Members, I am satisfied that the process leading to the discharge met the requirements set out in Standing Order 176. This is because each of the six Hon. Members had been duly notified of intended discharge by the Majority Party Whip through notices dated 17th January 2022 and accorded time to respond,” he said.
“ Honourable Members, Pursuant to the provisions of paragraph (3) of Standing Order 176, the affected Members are hereby accordingly informed. The discharges take effect from today, 2nd February 2022. I also direct the Clerk to transmit a copy of this Communication to each of the six Members,” he added.
Consequently, the Speaker has directed the Clerk of the National Assembly to expeditiously conduct elections to fill the vacancies in order to ensure that the operations of the affected committees continue uninterrupted.
He also ordered that the Committee on Selection submit names to fill the leadership positions and nominate them for appointment to other Committees in compliance with his previous ruling.
According to Muturi “every Member should have a fair chance to sit in at least one Committee, without appearing to entreat or beg any other party for a reasonable opportunity”.
This is not the first time the ruling party is ejecting rebel MPs. In 2020 Garissa Township MP Aden Duale, among others, were kicked out of key leadership positions in Parliament.