MPs to Lose Powerful Positions in Parliament's Reorganisation

  • Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, and MP Aden Duale Daily Nation
  • Members of Parliament are set to lose some of the powerful positions they occupy at the National Assembly in a looming shuffle.

    The reorganisation of House Committees that is set to take place anytime has sent shivers among some legislators who fear they may not retain their seats.

    Speaking to Nation, Minority Leader John Mbadi stated that the NASA coalition was already reviewing their members in preparation. 

    Minority leader John Mbadi talking to the press.

    “The changes will be done anytime and they will not be vindictive. Our whip has received committee attendance lists which will be the guiding factor in the changes," Mbadi told reporters.

    He added, "We want competence in committees not just where people go and sign for allowances and leave.” 

    The looming changes are also expected to be made in accordance with expediting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s agenda which is often frustrated by interests within committees.

    In January, the Head of State met parliamentary leadership in Mombasa to discuss the government's agenda for the August House. 

    Top of Parliament's to-do list is finding a suitable replacement for outgoing Police Inspector General Joseph Boinnet, and the Division of Revenue Bill 2019. 

    The house will also discuss the contents of the deal with China that saw the government put up the port of Mombasa as collateral for the SGR loan.

    The country also requires a referendum law, a census law and an amendment to the Electoral Act on the appointment of new commissioners whenever there is a vacancy.

    The National Assembly in session.