The two houses of Parliament have been forced to adjourn a day after reopening because of delays in the formation of committees. The National Assembly proceeds on a three-week break during which the leadership will be expected to form the committees.
At the Senate, Speaker Kenneth Lusaka gave House leadership until November 20 to submit names of their members to various committees. Speaker Justin Muturi said business could not proceed as there were no committees. He told members that his office had received many petitions from Kenyans but could not be worked on because committees had not been formed to handle them.
“My office has received many petitions from Kenyans but my hands remain tied as they cannot be dispensed off without first being tackled by respective committees,” Muturi told members.
The Opposition had requested more time up to November 30 to prepare its list of members to sit in the committees. The minority party is yet to pick its members to hold leadership positions as directed by the Speaker before the short recess. Muturi had quashed the appointment of Suba South MP John Mbadi as the Minority Leader as it was not procedural.
Mbadi said the National Super Alliance (Nasa) was yet to finalise the list but would do so in due course. Bio-metric registration And yesterday Muturi gave 27 MPs a three-day ultimatum to register their biometric data. Muturi said in future members will not be allowed to vote manually and urged those yet to register to do so with the Clerk’s office as directed.
Meanwhile, Opposition members have ended their forced boycott of House business. Yesterday, the MPs took their positions and contributed to the motion to condole the late Governor of Nyeri Wahome Gakuru. The minority side kept off sittings to debate the controversial Elections Laws amendment bill which sailed through before the House went on the short recess.