May 18, 2022

Blow to Uhuru as Mudavadi, Wetangula and Ruto paralyse Parliament

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Deputy President William Ruto, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula allies have paralysed parliament.

This is after the “earthquake’ MPs voted to shoot down the motion for the reconstitution of the House Business Committee.

The motion tabled by Majority Leader Amos Kimunya empowers the parliament to do its business.

It is also part of the procedure for resumption of house sittings.

House Speaker Justin Muturi said that the shootdown meant there would be no business for the House to transact.

“Unless the leaders are bringing to me a motion which complies with Standing Order 49, there may be no need for the House to sit,” Muturi said.

“Let the leadership consult with members and see how best you want us to proceed. Otherwise, we will not be able to do any business.”

“The House stands adjourned until the Speaker is moved by either the Majority party or Minority party on a motion based on Standing Order 49,” he said.

The legislators who were shouting earthquake added that they will now go home to campaign after the National Assembly technically remained adjourned until further notice.

As a result, this will cause a crisis in the operations of the government as the motion can only be re-introduced after six months.

“Members, you don’t have to wait for [IEBC chairman Wafula] Chebukati to do anything else. For the time, you have resolved the matter for him even though officially you may not sit beyond 60 days to August 9,” Muturi said.

The leaders organized a late evening meeting after the voting and promised to address Kenyans on the way forward.

The House rule says that “No motion may be moved which is the same in substance as any question which has been resolved— affirmative or negative—during the preceding six months in the same session.”

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