Nasa yet to pick committee members as House opens

The National Super Alliance (Nasa) is yet to present its list of members to sit in House committees few days before Parliament resumes business.

The Clerk to the National Assembly Michael Sialai told People Daily that his office has not received the list from the minority side, which has been boycotting the House business since it began sittings last month.

The National Assembly resumes next Tuesday after a two-week break. Leader of Majority Aden Duale has, however, expressed confidence that the Opposition would present its list to jump-start business. Jubilee has already picked its committee members.

The Session, which will end in late December, starts with the vetting of Cabinet and principal secretaries when the President nominates them. The Opposition is also facing an in-house battle over who to pick for House leadership after Speaker Justin Muturi quashed the appointment of Suba South MP John Mbadi as Leader of Minority.

In his ruling, Muturi said procedures had not been adhere to in appointing Mbadi and three other Nasa MPs. “I call upon the coalition to consider the matter and submit the necessary names in strict fulfillment of the laid down procedures including those governing the coalition,” Muturi directed.

In the Senate, another controversy is brewing with ODM seeking to have Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula removed from the position of Leader of Minority arguing that his party does not have the numbers to merit the seat.

Instead, ODM, which has the majority of senators in the House, wants Siaya Senator James Orengo to replace him. “The standing orders are clear, that the position of leadership be held by the party with majority members,” said a senator who did not want to be named.

Committees in the two Houses can, however, operate without the input of the Opposition members as Standing Orders allow a committee to transact business as long as it meets quorum.

However, the fate of the two watchdog committees, the Public Investment (PIC) and the Public Accounts (PAC), which are traditionally headed by the Opposition will only be determined by the Speaker.

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