Forcing things won’t help, Etale tells Ruto over majority row in National Assembly

Forcing things won’t help, Etale tells Ruto over majority row in National Assembly

By Peter Ochieng

ODM Director of Communications Phillip Etale has challenged President William Ruto to allow the Azimio coalition to get the mandate of the majority in the National Assembly.

Etale argues that the Raila Odinga-led coalition was legally elected the majority and that the rule of law should be allowed to take its course.

In a tweet on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, a day the National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula is expected to make a ruling on which side is the majority, the ODM director of communications told the Kenya Kwanza side that they cannot get the position for ‘poaching’ leaders from the other side.

“Truth be told, you can’t have the majority in the House by way of poaching but by election. If you believe in the rule of law Mr. President, let the legally elected Majority be given its mandate in the House. Forcing things won’t help. This is my humble opinion,” he tweeted.

Kenya Kwanza and Azimio have both been claiming to be the majority – with each nominating MPs that will occupy the leader of the majority and the majority whip.

Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa is the leader of the majority nominee for the Kenya Kwanza with Azimio picking Ugunja’s Opiyo Wandayi.

“The Speaker will definitely be asked to make his considered determination on who is the leader of the majority in the House today. But from where I sit, I am [that person] because Kenya Kwanza [has most MPs,” Ichungwa recently said.

But for Wandayi, it is obvious Azimio is the majority and the Speaker has no role but to only confirm that fact.

“There’s nothing to be ruled on. It’s not within the province of the Speaker to decide to the House where the leader of majority and minority should come,” the ODM legislator said.

Azimio maintains that its pre-election agreement is still in force and that the Maendeleo Chap Chap, Pamoja Africa Alliance (PAA) and the United Democratic Movement (UDM) remain part of the coalition.

The three parties have since shifted allegiance to the Kenya Kwanza side.

However, the Office of Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) had already ruled that the Azimio coalition is still in force.

All eyes will now be on the Speaker of the National Assembly as he makes a ruling that according to Belgut MP Nelson Koech will be final.

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