Deputy President William Ruto in a surprise move has welcomed key Parliamentary leadership changes including committee membership.
The changes now set the stage for the implementation of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report. The DP allies accused of fighting the BBI project were kicked out from plum leadership positions in both the Senate and the National Assembly
Of interest is the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) that is expected to deal with the BBI report. According to the changes, the committee will now have seven new members, all allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Ruto is urging the MPs to work together, hours after they approved a list of the reconstituted committees ending a tussle between Jubilee and ODM parties.
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Last week, the new National Assembly Leader of Majority Amos Kimunya was forced to withdraw a list of the reconstituted committees after Jubilee and ODM failed to agree on how to share the slots created after the DP allies were purged from the positions.
The two parties, who have been working together were headed for a clash on the floor of the House after failing to reach a consensus on the leadership of three crucial committees forcing Kimunya to withdraw his list.
The DP via twitter urged the legislators not to be divided but work together in serving the people.
With the changes in Parliamentary leadership including committee membership & leadership now concluded, I urge all MPs NOT to be divided but work TOGETHER in serving the PEOPLE. Col.3:23, Whatever you do,work at it with all your heart, as working for God,not human masters.
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) July 16, 2020
The House on Wednesday unanimously adopted the motion of appointment of Members to Specified Committees.
The MPs have started electing chairpersons of various House departmental committees. The vacancies that have arisen following the removal of chairmen and vice-chairmen of 22 committees must be filled by Friday.
“The committees now have seven days to elect their chair and vice-chairpersons, in accordance with the Standing Orders”, said the Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi.
He said members of the respective committees will elect those who have expressed interests in leadership positions.
While moving the motion, the leader of Majority Dr Amos Kimunya asked those who will be contesting to first consult their whips to understand their respective party positions on their intentions so as not to waste their time.
Sentiments that were echoed by the leader of Minority Party John Mbadi who said the reconstituted committees are meant to provide a soft landing to many important matters that will bring to the house for debate among them the Building Bridges Initiative Report.
“We urge members to show more enthusiasm to their roles in the Committees, as we have now assigned each MP to a Committee favorable for their professional backgrounds. And we believe they will deliver’, said Mbadi.