Defence Cabinet Secretary nominee Aden Duale took 'Murife don't run' phrase to Parliament as Members of Parliament clashed over the majority side question.
Duale claimed that he warned his colleagues in the National Assembly not to make laws that will haunt them, equating Murifee's phrase to Suna East MP Junet Mohamed
“I told my colleagues then that don't make laws that will haunt you. As they say, Murife don't run, Junet and his colleagues don't run. This matter must be decided this afternoon,” Duale stated.
Junet had claimed that the pre-election agreement was in force and was registered. He further stated that all parties had signed the coalition agreement, noting that leaders must respect the laws after they decided in their own volition that they belong to Azimio One Kenya Coalition.
“We must respect our laws. You cannot engage in another marriage before divorcing the first partner and when you want to divorce, there is a divorce procedure to be followed,” Junet stated.
On the other hand, Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi urged the speaker to take a holistic reading of the constitution before making a determination. He stated that Azimio remains the majority coalition according to its agreement urging the Clerk to obtain the agreement from the Registrar of Political Parties, Anne Nderitu.
“The Clerk shall participate in obtaining a certified coalition agreement for the purposes of ascertaining the weighted majority in the house and facilitating the transaction of the business of the house,” Wandayi Stated.
However, Duale took a swipe at Ugunja Mp Opiyo Wandayi over the disclosure of the Azimio One Kenya political agreement urging the speaker to determine the matter after his predecessors had solved more complex matters.
“Before he leaves standing orders 2 (b), Speaker Just like Hon. Ichungwa can he first table the Azimio agreement as provided and certified by the registrar of political parties,” Duale posed.
Azimio and Kenya Kwanza have been embroiled in a protracted war over which side has majority members in the 13th Parliament. This is after some of the parties that went to the polls under Azimio, signed post-election pacts with President William Ruto's faction.
On Tuesday, October 4, the National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula asked Members of Parliament to ventilate on the matter before retreating to determine the matter.
"With respect to the first question Honourable Members, I will reserve the rest of today’s Sitting to allow the House to address me on this matter so that I can retreat to issue my guidance," Wetangula noted.
Azimio had nominated Opiyo Wandayi to be the Leader of the Majority while Kenya Kwanza fronted Kikuyu legislator Kimani Ichung'wa for the powerful position.MPs Aden Duale, Kimani Ichung'wah, Opiyo Wandayi, Adan Keynan attending the National Assembly induction retreat at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, o Monday, September 19,2022.National Assembly
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