Jan 20, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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How Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga outfoxed William Ruto on the coalitions Bill

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s allies and ODM leader Raila Odinga were forced to return to the drawing board after resisting a violent rebellion instigated by MPs for Vice President William Ruto and his United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party.

Dr. Ruto’s camp had managed to prevent the bill from being passed since the first special session on December 22nd and 23rd.

In the following week, the UDA camp again succeeded in sending the plans to the handshake side thwart the law, which is expected to give way to an ODM and anniversary coalition party before the parliamentary elections in August. In the last session on Wednesday, however, the legislators of President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga prevailed.

Stunned by narrow victories on several amendments and the specter of the DP camp, which came to an agreement in the ranks of the handshake For some proposals, the proponents of the bill tried to reach a consensus before the final showdown.

They realized, for example, that the clause obliging a coalition party to get their approval from the chancellor of the political parties to be deposited for six months before a parliamentary election was even faced with opposition from within.

You therefore entered four months. This was quickly accepted by MPs allied with Mr Musalia Mudavadi of the ANC and Mr Moses Wetang’ula of Ford Kenya, breaking a strategy by the DP allies to sink the law by working with other parties.

Chaotic Show

After a chaotic show last week, Majority Leader Amos Kimunya confirmed to the nation that he was holding meetings with a group of MPs from other parties, the amendments who had suggested who saw something similar. Ugenya MP David Ochieng drops their amendments.

“After consulting the majority leader, I would like to withdraw my amendments,” Ochieng said amid pebbles from the handshake side.

In order to deal with the time-consuming strategy of the Tangatanga camp in the previous sessions, parliament allowed electronic voting. The system was so efficient it took only a minute to get the results.

The UDA MPs realized that things were not going that way and blamed the electronic system for their frustration.

“It has not escaped our notice that the only thing that is not working is the system on our side and if the IT people are compromised we will not continue this exercise,” thundered MEP nominee Cecily Mbarire on the point of order / p>

A move to revert to the manual system failed after Legislative and Procedural Services Director Samuel Njoroge confirmed to Chairperson Jessica Mbalu that the whole system was working well.

The number the parliamentary stewardship has also been increased from the normal 20 to 30 to keep the speaker, mace and staff safe and to ensure that order prevails.

Ugly scenes

Five orderlies surrounded the table on which the mace is placed. Three were always sitting behind the clerk’s desk, while two were standing at the back doors next to the speaker’s chair.

“Everyone who was on leave was called back. We also had the support of officers from the Criminal Police Directorate and the National Intelligence Service in strategic locations outside the chambers in case something happened, “said one of the orderlies, who did not want to be named.

To get ugly scenes too Avoid being seen last week – when MPs fought each other with water bottles – the water bottles were placed at the entrance this time with a serious warning from the speaker that anyone wanting to quench their thirst had to do so outside the Chamber.

The return of Speaker Justin Muturi also helped streamline operations in the House of Representatives. Before the session began, he made it clear that he would not allow himself to crowd around his table, a tactic used by DP allies in previous sessions to thwart the process.

“No member will be required, come and crowd at the speaker’s table. Those who have problems with their cards should have them cleared up at the secretary’s office,” he decided.

Mr. Muturi also foiled an attempt by opponents of the proposed law to reintroduce Clause 7 (e) of the bill, which provided that the registrar could refuse to register a party if the political party’s slogan was against the public interest for technical reasons, among other things violates.

Minority whip Junet Mohamed said Parliament itself is more organized for the special sessions.

Special sessions

“Our members also had their lessons from previous sessions g learned and were ready to deal with the DP allies and their theatrics, “said Mohamed.

He added that mobilizing their members two days before the meeting had served the purpose and revealed that it was had been tasked with holding a name call and instructing the handshake MPs to vote for the various proposals.

The bill is now going to the Senate, where the nation has been informed of a planned special session for next Tuesday, where it will be presented for first reading.

Nairobi Senator Johnstone Sakaja said he expected a robust and mature debate without the kind of drama experienced in the National Assembly.

< Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr. said, "We did an excellent job of conducting our debates."

Senator Samson Cherargei of Nandi said the bill will likely be referred to the Mediation Committee as it does not contain certain clauses Just like the role of the chancellor of the political parties in party nominations, ht to sail through.

“The Senate is a sober house and a voice of reason. We expect a topic-centered debate. I know that our colleagues in Azimio want to score politically, but as UDA we are ready for the duel, “said Cherargei.