Members of Parliament allied to Deputy President William Ruto, today, brought down the National Assembly motion that establishes the House Business Committee sending a shock wave to the few Azimio la Umoja allied MPs who were present at the house. The move paralyzes the National Assembly’s ability to transact any other business for it’s the rejected committee that sits and plans what will be debated in the House and when.
“There cannot be any business because there has to be a House Business Committee to process anything for the House… And because a motion that is similar to this one in substance may not be moved until after 6 months, so you don’t have to wait for IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati to do anything else, I think you have resolved the matter for him,” Muturi said.
The motion sought to appoint seven members to the critical house committee as per the requirement in the commencement of every session of the National Assembly. The Speaker asked the leadership to come up with a motion to rescind the decision of the house according to Standing Order 49.
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“Unless they are bringing to me a motion in terms of Standing Order 49, which is a motion on rescission there may be no need for the House to come, so the leadership please consult with your members and see how best to proceed, otherwise we will not be able to do any other business,” Muturi said.
Mvita MP AbdulSwamad Sharrif Nassir, who is a known Baba’s Azimio supporter was angered by the move and called the Ruto MPS for what he termed as selfish and seeking to show how strong they are without caring about the consequences that will eventually affect the country at large.
“We need to pass the budget, we need to give money to IEBC, we need to pay salaries, they don’t care about that and then they claim to care about a poor man,” said Sharrif Nassir.
On his part, Saboti MP Caleb Amisi also hit out at the decision saying it shows how the MPs don’t care about what happens to the country and accused them of selfishness and chest-thumping. UDA allied MPs, however, insisted they won’t hesitate to take similar action if they will continue to be ignored.
“We are hitting back, and we will do it over and over until they realize that we are also members of this House and involve us,” said Sirisia MP John Waluke.