June 14, 2024

Huge blow to Ruto in the battle for the majority in the national assembly after the registrar’s ruling

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Blow to Ruto in the battle for the majority in the national assembly after the registrar of political parties makes a determination.

President William Ruto suffered a blow in his attempt to take control of the national legislature after the Registrar of Political Parties made it clear that decamped parties were still a part of the Azimio La Umoja coalition.

The Registrar of Political Parties, Anne Nderitu, indicated that Maendeleo Chap Chap (MCC) and Pamoja African Coalition (PAA) were not recognized as members of the Kenya Kwanza alliance in the letter forwarded to the speakers of both chambers.

Maendeleo Former Machakos governor Alfred Mutua is in the lead of Chap Chap, and Senate Speaker Amason Kingi is in the leadership of Pamoja African Alliance.

Before the general election on August 9, the two commanders ordered their forces to leave Azimio, claiming that their interests would not be safeguarded.

Nderitu added that the two parties, however, filed petitions to break ties with Azimio.

Following the elections, the United Democratic Movement (UDM), led by Ali Roba, and the Movement for Democracy and Growth (MDG), led by Ugenya MP David Ochieng, both abandoned Azimio and filed petitions to formally join Kenya Kwanza.

Nderitu told the Lawmakers that the petitions had not yet been decided upon. With her explanation, the Azimio coalition’s 26 original political parties—of which Kenya Kwanza only had 15—were still active.

The dissident parties were also still bound by the Azimio Agreement, which states that no party may leave the coalition within six months of the August 2022 General Election or within three months of the day of the aforementioned elections.

However, some legislators drawn from Kenya kwanza questioned the clause in the agreement. 

Garissa Town MP, Aden Duale, argued that Kenya Kwanza commands the majority in both houses.

Additionally, he stated that although Azimio was registered as a political party, it only elected to run a presidential candidate despite being allowed to run for all elective seats.

Azimio’s parliament does not, according to Duale’s school of thought, have elected members.

Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwah, who is vying for the position of Leader of Majority in the National Assembly, echoed his comments.

Ichungwah will compete against Opiyo Wandayi, a Ugunja MP who was supported by Azimio.

But the Speakers of both chambers will make the final call. Moses Wetangula, the speaker of the National Assembly, responded to the dispute and confusion by reiterating his commitment to upholding the law when making a decision.

“As a speaker, I wait for them to bring me whatever they have on the floor, then I’ll deal with it. I’m not part of either side, as it is I am the Speaker, the impartial arbiter, and will be guided by the Constitution and Standing Orders of the House,” Wetangula stated.

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