ANC, Ford-Kenya unhappy with Ruto’s UDA over the power-sharing deal for the parliamentary committee and leadership slots.
The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) now controls all of the top positions in the National Assembly due to a provision in the coalition agreement between the United Democratic Alliance and the Kenya Kwanza Alliance (KKA).
Amani National Congress (ANC), led by Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi and National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula’s Ford-Kenya, which is considered a founding member of KKA along with President William Ruto’s UDA, is the party most impacted by the KKA agreement on the sharing of the parliamentary committee and leadership slots.
Mr. Mudavadi and Mr. Wetang’ula have directly benefited from the KKA agreement after securing lucrative jobs, while their foot troops feel undervalued.
According to a report in the Daily Nation, some senior members in ANC and Ford-Kenya are not happy with the manner in which they are being treated by their UDA counterparts, accusing them of greed.
However, since they are lobbying for state jobs, they do not want to protest openly and end up in the President’s bad books.
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UDA has Kimani Ichung’wah (Kikuyu, National Assembly majority leader), Sylvanus Osoro (South Mugirango, majority chief whip), Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho, Senate majority leader), and Tabitha Keroche (Nakuru, Senate deputy majority leader).
UDA’s Boni Khalwale (Kakamega, Senate chief whip) also bagged a top seat in the leadership.
Bungoma Woman Representative Catherine Wambilianga, who is also chairperson of Ford-Kenya yesterday told Nation it was unfair for UDA to give itself the chairmanships of all committees.
ANC and Ford-Kenya are being haunted by a clause in the agreement, which says responsibilities will be shared on a pro-rata basis (proportionally).
In addition, UDA has bagged all four slots allocated to the Kenya Kwanza Alliance in the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC), locking out its partners.
ANC, Ford-Kenya also accuses President Ruto of giving most of his UDA lieutenants immense powers in certain committees.
Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro has landed the leadership of the Budget and Appropriation Committee of the National Assembly, a powerful entity that bears great influence in national budget-making and how public finances are expended.
But, UDA chairman Johnson Muthama said that, if KKA affiliate parties feel sidelined, they should raise the issue internally so that it can be discussed and resolved.
“We cannot listen to individuals who are out there shouting because they are pushing their self-interests,” he said.