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Plan to get Kalonzo Musyoka in House hits snag

A plan for former vice-president Kalonzo Musyoka to return to Parliament as Minority Leader hit a hitch on Monday evening after the MP identified to step down for him rejected the deal. (Read: MP to make way for Kalonzo’s return to House)

Cord senators and MPs came up with the plan during a retreat in Naivasha ahead of Tuesday’s address to Parliament by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mwingi Central MP Joe Mutambu was identified as the one to step down for Mr Musyoka to pave the way for his return to lead the opposition in Parliament.

Mr Mutambu shot out of the meeting to protest against the move to have him vacate his seat. “I will not accept this. They are asking for too much. No I will not allow this to happen,” he said.

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The coalition picked a committee of five, led by Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula, to plan Mr Musyoka’s return to Parliament.

Members of the committee include Senators David Musila (Kitui), Johnstone Muthama (Machakos), James Orengo (Siaya) and Chris Wamalwa (Kiminini).
Later, Mr Mutambo denied reports that he had agreed to step down in favour of the Wiper leader.

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“I have not been approached nor have I been asked to step down.  I was voted in by the people of Mwingi Central and I have to consult them before making any political move,” he said.

But Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze said the matter would be deliberated on further on Tuesday at a Wiper Democratic Party Parliamentary Group meeting.

At the end of the meeting last evening, Cord MPs decided that Mr Nyenze would hold brief for Mr Musyoka pending plans to have him re-elected.

“Before Mr Musyoka joins the National Assembly, Mr Francis Nyenze will act as the minority leader,” a statement read by Mr Dalmas Otieno said.

Mr Wetang’ula was picked as Leader of Minority in the Senate as previously agreed.

Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo was chosen as the Deputy Minority Leader in the National Assembly.

Senate whip

Mr Muthama was elected the Cord Senate whip while Malindi MP Gideon Mung’aro was picked as the coalition’s National Assembly Chief Whip.

At the meeting, Wajir Senator Hassan Abdurrahman was picked as the deputy Leader of the Minority in the Senate.

Former prime minister Raila Odinga — who attended the meeting — said he would play his politics from outside the two Houses.

On the government side, President Kenyatta and his deputy, Mr William Ruto, held two separate meetings at State House with Jubilee Coalition MPs and senators to discuss the government agenda.

The Jubilee senators elected Prof Kindiki Kithure (Tharaka-Nithi) as Leader of the Majority in the Senate and Mr Charles Keter (Kericho) as Deputy Leader.

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