World / East Africa
Friday, 16 Jun 2017 14:13 EATjmwihaki@kenyafreepress.com
As the curtain fell on the 11th Parliament yesterday Kenya will go in history for making the East African legislative Assembly (EALA) suspend its operations after failing to submit names to the Assembly. That now means EALA will remain in a limbo until after the August 8, General Elections when the 12th Parliament will take over the matter. The standoff between Jubilee and opposition failed to be resolved before National Assembly and the Senate adjourned yesterday pushing the agenda to the next parliament.
The end of the 11th Parliament came despite the joint parliamentary select committee on the nomination of Eala recommended that Rule 6 of the Assembly be deleted to make sure each party nominates for election three times the original figure. In the report, the committee jointly chaired by Katoo ole Metito and Kipchumba Murkomen said the amendment would help to remove conflicts of interpretation in the number of nominees from each party.
Following the move, the committee recommended that National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and his Senate counterpart Ekwee Ethuro extend timelines for processes required to facilitate the holding of the elections.
Cord coalition which comprises of Raila’s ODM, Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Moses Wetangula’s Ford-Kenya has nominated Judith Pareno, Ronald Ngeny, Abubakar Zein and Kennedy Musyoka.
Controversy has been building up and became even more pronounced after Kalonzo’s son Kennedy was submitted as Wiper’s nominee. Kenya is not being blamed alone in the EALA saga because a similar issue is also happening in South Sudan where a Member of Parliament revoked the decision to confirm members elected for the EALA.
EALA Speaker Kenneth Madete had earlier written to all member countries stating that that the sittings of the assembly has been suspended until Kenya elects its nominees. “As you may be aware, the Parliament of Kenya is still in the process of electing its members,” the letter read.
“Due to the foregoing we are unable to proceed with the activities related to the inauguration of the 4th Assembly, this is therefore to notify you that the first sitting of the assembly is hereby suspended until further notice.”