Moses Wetangula’s first test as National Assembly Speaker with both Azimio and Kenya Kwanza battling for the majority seat.
Moses Wetangula, speaker of the National Assembly, will have to demonstrate his intelligence in resolving a dispute between the Kenya Kwanza coalition and Azimio la Umoja, both of which are vying for key positions in Parliament,
The majority and minority whip posts, as well as the leader of the majority and minority positions, are up for grabs between the two groups.
The two sides are also engaged in a power struggle over influential House committees.
Kimani Ichung’wah, a Kikuyu member of parliament, is vying with MPs Junet Mohamed and John Mbadi for the position of leader of the majority.
Both parties sought posts in order to have a say in House affairs because they both claimed to control the majority.
The political party with the most leaders has the opportunity to choose the leader of the majority, as per Parliament Standing Orders.
Both sides are currently lobbying their members while claiming to be in the majority.
Azimio claims that because of pre-election agreements, it is the majority side even though some parties have defected to Kenya Kwanza.
The leaders of Azimio defended their position by arguing that the arrangement permitting parties like the United Democratic Movement (UDM) led by former Garissa Governor Ali Roba to join Kenya Kwanza had not been annulled by Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu.
However, it will be Moses Wetangula’s first test as he will have to decide which side grabs the key committee, House Business Committee, Committee on Selection, and Committee on Appointment
“That is the decision that will be decided by the speaker if the parties fail to agree,” outgoing Speaker Justin Muturi advised.
The leaders from both sides are also scrambling for positions in the Parliamentary Service Commission and roles in over 40 House committees.
Nominees for the Parliamentary Service Commission in Kenya Kwanza include Naivasha MP Jayne Kihara, Nyandarua woman representative Faith Gitau, North Mugirango MP Joash Nyamoko, and Nyeri woman rep Rahab Mukami.
Those who have shown interest from Azimio’s side include Sirisia MP John Waluke and Mavoko MP Patrick Makau.