Summary

  • NASA’s Chief Executive Officer Norman Magaya reiterated that the coalition was in agreement with the nomination of Mbadi and Wetangula as the House leader.
  • The nomination of Mbadi and Wetangula have in the past been quashed by the House Speakers, Justin Muturi and Ken Lusaka.
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Nasa leaders Moses Wetangula, Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka. PHOTO: Standard

The National Super Alliance (NASA) says it has formally written to Speakers of the Houses of Parliament reaffirming the nomination of John Mbadi and Moses Wetangula as Minority Leaders in the National Assembly and the Senate respectively.

NASA’s Chief Executive Officer Norman Magaya reiterated that the coalition was in agreement with the nomination of Mbadi and Wetangula as the House leaders and further affirmed that the coalition was on the final stages of finalizing its list of nominees who will sit in various House Committees.

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“Mbadi and Wetangula still remain the coalition’s choice of preferred leaders in both Houses of Parliament. The coalition is however, in consultation with party members to agree on names of other nominees who will occupy the various House Committees,” said Magaya.

The nomination of Mbadi and Wetangula have in the past been quashed by the House Speakers, Justin Muturi and Ken Lusaka, with the former saying the House rules were not followed and the latter saying that Wetangula’s Ford Kenya Party is not a parliamentary party given he is the only elected member on that ticket.

While rejecting Mbadi’s nomination, Muturi directed the Opposition to put its House in order and arrive at an agreeable decision on the list of nominees that would be unanimously adopted by the coalition members.

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Muturi said that he had received many complaints from the NASA-affiliate parties over the alliance’s House leadership.

“I have received many letters, from ODM, Ford-Kenya, ANC claiming to have agreed on certain position. Surely, how do you expect me to make a decision? Please just follow the procedure as provided in the Standing Orders,” Muturi said.

Last week, Senate Speaker Lusaka also rejected Wetangula’s nomination as the Leader of Minority in the Senate on grounds that due process was not followed.

At the same time, an official from the office of the Speaker of the National Assembly told Capital FM News on Monday that Mbadi had submitted the final list of other nominees to Speaker Justin Muturi pending scrutiny whether due process was followed in getting the names.