Mercy Mwai @wangumarci
Cracks within the National Super Alliance (Nasa) continued to widen yesterday after three affiliate parties told Wiper party to quit the coalition following its move to have representation in the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC).
Addressing a news conference yesterday, the more than 25 MPs from Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), Amani National Congress (ANC) and ford Kenya told Wiper to either withdraw the name of Borabu MP Ben Momanyi as its representative to the PSC or quit the coalition. They argued that it is dishonest for Wiper to send the name yet the seat was preserved for ODM as it had been agreed by the top leaders of the coalition.
The legislators also said Wiper should not be making any demands at the moment but concentrating on making sure its leader Kalonzo Musyoka is “sworn in”. ‘Reject list’ The MPs have asked National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi not to accept the name of Momanyi on grounds that there was no agreement before the name was submitted.
Led by MPs Godfrey Osotsi (nominated), Janet Ongera (Kisii county), Mark Nyamita (Uriri), Ahmed Kolosh (Wajir West) and Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja), they claimed all positions between the coalition affiliates had been agreed upon before they were submitted to the House.
Osotsi said in the agreement, ANC was given one position to go to George Khaniri (Vihiga) while ODM was given two slots that were to be taken by MPs Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay), and Aisha Jumwa (Malindi).
He termed it unfair for Wiper to write to Muturi demanding for a position without engaging and consulting coalition members. “We are asking the Speaker to withdraw the list and take it back to the party as it is the one that has the mandate to make the changes,” he said. Ong’era accused Wiper of making the demand in full awareness the seat belongs to Wanga and Jumwa.
“We are surprised that Wiper can renegade on its earlier stand. We are asking them to work within the coalition and we do not want them to play the tribal card,” she said. She said they will not allow Wanga’s name to be edged out of the PSC as women MPs saying she deserves the position. “As women leaders, we are not going to agree to act as flower girls, we stand with our sisters Wanga and Jumwa,” she said.
Kolosh told Wiper to either shape up by withdrawing the name of Momanyi or quit the coalition and operate on its own. “We want Wiper to withdraw from the coalition and bring its own nominees as a party. If not, they should be content with the positions they have,” he said.
Nyamita said as Nasa affiliates, the only thing they are interested in as of now is to know when Kalonzo will be sworn in while Wandayi said it is uncalled for Wiper to purport to write to the Speaker with new names. The move comes just hours before MPs vote for their representatives in the commission which has been dogged by differences over the list of nominees.
While Jubilee has made it clear it will retain the same names presented to the House before debate on the matter was postponed, Nasa is yet to agree on its list following the move by Wiper to have Momanyi in the list.
Wiper party in a letter to Muturi made it clear that it had the numbers and rightfully deserved a seat in the PSC yet Nasa had retained the name of Wanga after earlier withdrawing that of Kajiado Central MP Memusi.