Three National Super Alliance affiliates have declared full war against their partner, ODM, for “playing dirty politics” in Parliament. Wiper, ANC and Ford Kenya leaders vowed to initiate motions aimed at removing ODM members from the leadership of both National Assembly and Senate watchdog commitees after its senators voted to oust Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula from the Leader of Minority position yesterday.
ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi termed Wetang’ula’s removal “a move to embarrass him” as Wiper asked Senator James Orengo to decline the offer to succeed Wetang’ula but Ford Kenya termed the ouster “inconsequential”.
In separate Parliamentary Group (PG) meetings yesterday the three parties accused the Raila Odinga-led outfit of plotting to ruin Nasa by replacing Wetang’ula with Orengo.
Speaking in Nairobi after a three-hour closed-door “consultative” meeting, Wiper national executive council said while it appreciated the initiative by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila on an all-inclusive structure of governance, they did not support Wetang’ula’s ouster.
“We support the move by the two leaders. We are on record in promoting dialogue as a way of national healing,” said party leader Kalonzo Musyoka Ford Kenya’s former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale threatened to eject ODM legislators from the leadership of key parliamentary watchdog teams.
He said the law doesn’t allow the government to oversight itself hence ODM should relinquish the watchdog role after the pact with Jubilee. Already, Ford Kenya, Wiper and ANC have instructed their members in the National Assembly and the Senate to initiate processes that will oust ODM colleagues from the committees.
“We have instructed members of our PGs to raise this matter in the two Houses so that the Speakers make a formal ruling,” he said. It will not be the first time the speakership of the house will be making such a ruling.
In 1965, Speaker Humphrey Slado was forced to make a similar ruling when KADU crossed the floor to join KANU. And in 1998, Speaker Francis ole Kaparo made a ruling when Raila-led LDP joined Kanu to form New Kanu.
“We expect a similar ruling from the two Speakers because they can’t contradict the previous rulings, which state that when you move you cease being a member of the Opposition,” he argued. Reporting by Seth Onyango, Robin Obino and George Kebaso