Speaker Wetang’ula fails to rule on Majority leader stand-off
By Peter Ochieng
National Assembly Speaker Moses Masika Wetang’ula failed to rule on the majority leader stand-off, with both Azimio La Umoja One Kenya and Kenyan Kwanza political formations laying claim to the powerful position.
The Speaker was expected to settle the matter once and for all on Tuesday afternoon, during the first regular sitting of the 13th Parliament.
However, Speaker Wetangula did not deliver the much-awaited ruling, stating that he needs to take a retreat before giving direction.
Kenya Kwanza settled on Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungw’a as leader of the majority, while Azimio fronted Ugunga MP James Opiyo Wandayi for the same position.
Ichung’wa will be deputized by Oweno Baya, while under the Azimio lineup, Wandayi will be deputized by Robert Mbui.
Wetang’ula said in the meantime, Parliamentary sessions will continue as prescribed under the standing orders for the next few days, before he settles the contested matter of the majority and minority leadership in the August House.
He directed that the Deputy Speaker, Uasin Gishu County Women Representative Gladys Shollei, will be in charge of conducting the business of the House, before the issue of leadership is amicable resolved.
He said his deputies’ roles, for the time being, will include giving a notice of motion on President William Ruto’s address to Parliament, delivered on Thursday, September 29, 2022.
“The address will be debated for four sitting days, from Wednesday, October 05, 2022 to Tuesday, October 11, 2022,” said the Speaker.
During the sittings, new Members of Parliament (MPs) will make their maiden speeches in the August House, after emerging victorious during the August 09, 2022 polls.