Nasa lead­ers in Par­lia­ment at risk of los­ing priv­i­leges

Business Daily (Kenya) - - ECONOMY & POLITICS - Ed­win Mu­tai emu­tai@ke.na­tion­media.com

Op­po­si­tion Na­tional Su­per Al­liance (Nasa) lead­ers in Par­lia­ment are at risk of los­ing priv­i­leges, in­clud­ing use of gov­ern­ment ve­hi­cles and ac­cess to their of­fices, fol­low­ing their de­ci­sion to skip House sit­tings.

Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker Justin Mu­turi is set to is­sue a rul­ing on the ac­tion to be taken against MPS who fail to at­tend the House. This is af­ter Leader of Ma­jor­ity Aden Duale de­manded to know why Nasa MPS who served as Mi­nor­ity Leader, Deputy Mi­nor­ity Leader,

Mi­nor­ity Whip and his deputy in both the Se­nate and Na­tional As­sem­bly in the 11th Par­lia­ment con­tinue to en­joy gov­ern­ment fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing of­fi­cial ve­hi­cles.

Bun­goma Se­na­tor Moses We­tang’ula served as Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader in the 11th Par­lia­ment. Nom­i­nated Se­na­tor and now Kisii Women Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Janet Ong’era served as Mi­nor­ity Whip.

In the Na­tional As­sem­bly, Ki­tui West MP Fran­cis Nyenze was the Mi­nor­ity Leader while Ki­minini MP Chris Wa­malwa was the Deputy Mi­nor­ity Whip. They were re-elected to the 12th Par­lia­ment. “The mi­nor­ity party has not sub­mit­ted their list un­til to­day. I am shocked there is cer­tain lead­er­ship of mi­nor­ity who still en­joy gov­ern­ment fa­cil­i­ties. Mr We­tan­gula drives a GK ve­hi­cle just like the rest of the mi­nor­ity team,” Mr Duale said. Lead­ers of ma­jor­ity and mi­nor­ity in both Houses are of­fered priv­i­leges in­clud­ing tax­payer fu­eled of­fi­cial cars, of­fices, staff and se­cu­rity. Mr Duale asked Mr Mu­turi to rule on whether Nasa MPS who skip the House can con­tinue to en­joy priv­i­leges.

“This mat­ter will bring se­ri­ous au­dit is­sues on ac­counts of PSC, please give di­rec­tion to ac­count­ing of­fi­cers in the Se­nate and here that they should not fa­cil­i­tate any MP from the mi­nor­ity side to use tax­pay­ers’ re­sources,” Mr Duale said.

Nasa hard­ened its po­si­tion on the le­git­i­macy of Par­lia­ment with an an­nounce­ment that its mem­bers will not par­tic­i­pate in House com­mit­tees dom­i­nated by ‘‘com­puter gen­er­ated’’ lead­ers.

QUES­TION Aden Duale. --FILE

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