Duale push­ing for or­der to clip po­lit­i­cal par­ties’ pow­ers to de­whip er­rant MPs

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Parliament -

A dou­ble-pronged plot is thick­en­ing in Par­lia­ment to help op­po­si­tion MPs de-whipped from com­mit­tees re­turn, con­trary to the wishes of their po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

De-whipped op­po­si­tion MPs may find their way back to com­mit­tees af­ter Na­tional Assem­bly ma­jor­ity leader Aden Duale and the Jus­tice Com­mit­tee launched two at­tempts to res­cue them.

Speaker Justin Mu­turi is ex­pected to give a rul­ing on the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of re­mov­ing mem­bers from com­mit­tees fol­low­ing a re­quest by Duale.

Jus­tice com­mit­tee chair­man Sa­muel Chep­konga has also filed a pe­ti­tion to change the Stand­ing Or­ders.

The pe­ti­tion seeks to take away the pow­ers of po­lit­i­cal par­ties to re­move their mem­bers from com­mit­tees. Duale said it is un­demo­cratic to deny af­fected mem­bers a fair hear­ing.

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