A National Assembly committee has refused to recommend Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama for the head of state commendation.
The Parliamentary Honours Advisory Committee says Muthama is disrespectful towards President Uhuru, a source told the Star.
Muthama and MPs John Mbadi (Suba) and Jakoyo Midiwo (Gem) have been nominated by Cord for the award.
Jubilee members said they rejected Muthama’s nomination because he is facing criminal charges. He has been charged with abuse of office over the acquisition of land for Konza Techno City.
He is accused of stealing more than Sh179 million from the sale of 5,000 acres to the government.
The source said majority leader Aden Duale and Nominated Senator Beth Mugo led the onslaught against Muthama.
The senator, a key pillar of Cord, is one of Uhuru’s harshest critics.
Yesterday, Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr accused the committee of bias, saying a court case cannot be the basis for denying Muthama the honours.