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Thursday, 29 Sep 2016 13:47 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr has challenged the Speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate, Justin Muturi and Ekwe Ethuro respectively, to give constitutional direction on where legislators who have defected from their parties should sit in both chambers. The senator urged the Speakers to "clear the air" since every Member of Parliament and Senator is designated to seat in a specified place in either chamber.
The Senator’s statement comes in the wake of media reports attributed to Registrar of Political Parties, Lucy Ndung’u, saying that she would act on defectors after their respective parties write to her. Mutula Jnr said, “We need direction in accordance with the constitution from Speakers Muturi and Ethuro. This is to allay fears of the sitting arrangement in both houses.”
Mutula and his county governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana piled pressure on opposition MPs who have left the parties that sponsored them to Parliament to either resign their seats or be ejected in accordance with the law. Prof. Kibwana said opposition MPs who defected to the Jubilee Party have the right to do so, but they should be honest enough with themselves and their electors and seek fresh mandate from the electorate.
“Kenya is a democratic state and therefore there is no problem for those who defect to Jubilee or any other party. However, they should resign altogether from the party that sponsored them and seek fresh mandate from the people,” said Prof. Kibwana, whose Muungano Party lost Yatta MP Francis Mwangangi.
Hon Mwangangi defected to Jubilee Party but has not resigned his seat. "He is at liberty to go to the party that will make him grow democratically, but he has to resign from Muungano Party,” said the governor in Wote Town. The governor supported the plan by Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka to have the defectors ejected from Parliament.
Mr Musyoka has warned Wiper Party members who have decamped to Jubilee, among them Kisoi Munyao (Mbooni), Joe Mutambu (Mwingi Central), Richard Makenga (Kaiti), Regina Ndambuki (Kilome) and John Munuve (Mwingi North) of disciplinary action.
Wiper's coalition partner in CORD, ODM, has also told those who defected to Jubilee to resign and seek fresh mandate from the electorate. The party has initiated a process to eject the defectors out of their positions. If the party succeeds in removing the members, several by-elections would be called before the next general elections.