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    ODM threatens to pull out of all House committees


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    By Alex Ndegwa
    The power struggle in Parliament’s committee on Justice and Legal Affairs has snowballed into a coalition row between President Kibaki’s PNU and Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s ODM on the influence of the Constitution[​IMG].
    ODM has warned the withdrawal of its members from the troubled committee is "a warning shot" to its rivals and it will extend the purge to other parliamentary committees where its representatives defy the party position. The party’s Secretary General Anyang’ Nyong’o said in a statement on Thursday ODM had decided to withdraw its members from the committee "to give the party and its coalition partner time to resolve the crisis facing the committee politically."
    Deputy Secretary General Joseph Nkaissery alleged a ploy by PNU to control key committees involved in the implementation of the Constitution to influence the process and declared ODM would resist such schemes.
    If ODM makes good its threat to paralyse other committees, this would not only derail the implementation of the Constitution but also trigger premature campaigns ahead of next year’s General Election at a time when the Government is running late on the implementation.
    But former Speaker Francis ole Kaparo said it is against House[​IMG] rules for a party to write to the Speaker to withdraw members from a committee(s), adding such communication should be ignored.
    "There is separation between Parliament and political parties[​IMG]. The House elects members to committees. Parties have no role in the internal management of committees and, by extension, Parliament," said Kaparo.
    Formal notification
    Nkaissery said the party was waiting for a response from Speaker Kenneth Marende so it can reconstitute its membership of the Justice and Legal Affairs committee. The Speaker has, however, said that he has not been formally notified about ODM’s withdrawal from the committee
    The Kajiado Central MP added the party would extend similar action to other parliamentary committees "to make sure party discipline takes root."
    "This is just a warning shot. If our members in other committees do not toe the line we will not hesitate to replace them. We want to uphold loyalty of political parties because it is critical in democracy," Nkaissery told The Standard on Saturday.
    He claimed PNU had taken advantage of the rebellious ODM representatives to undermine the party in the committee, which has a central role in the scrutiny of Bills to implement the new charter.
    ODM is seeing the PM’s former ally-turned arch-critic William Ruto as the hidden hand behind its woes in the committee. MPs allied to him have often voted with PNU in open defiance of their party leadership.
    "PNU wants to have a majority to influence the vetting of judges and magistrates as well as of nominees to various constitutional commissions. It is unacceptable and we are going to pull out as a party so we can give the slots to our loyal members," Nkaissery said.
    But Justice and Legal Affairs committee vice chairman Njoroge Baiya said ODM could not purport to pull out of the committee because it’s the House that appoints members, after sanctioning a list by the House Business Committee.
    "But it is the party whips who propose the names to HBC before the House approves them," Nkaissery counters.
    Baiya, who chaired the meeting that endorsed a resolution to remove Namwamba, said: "The decision made yesterday (on Thursday) is pursuant to a directive by the Speaker. The meeting was properly constituted."
    Last week Speaker Kenneth Marende directed the 11-member committee to convene a meeting and resolve the matter once and for all.
    The Githunguri MP dismissed views that the committee could not function without the presence of ODM members, as suggested by Nkaissery.
    "But it functioned yesterday (on Thursday)," he said alluding to the impeachment proceedings, "and it is going to submit its report to the Liaison Committee."
    Kaparo echoed the position, saying as long as the committee has quorum, it can continue with its sessions regardless of boycott by ODM members.
    According to Kaparo, who served as House Speaker until 2007, a lawmaker can only cease being a member of a committee by death, resigning, upon appointment as minister or absenting from committee sittings without proper justification.
    "A party secretary general cannot write to the Speaker to withdraw members from a committee. That letter to the Speaker should be ignored. After all the Speaker does not manage committees," Kaparo said.
    The Liaison Committee, headed by Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim and comprising of chairmen of all committees, is expected to sanction the election of a new chairman.
    Nkaissery claimed the "ODM rebels are working in cohorts with our rivals" to derail implementation of the Constitution.
    ODM MP John Mbadi said the battle to control justice is centred around the control of important decisions like the vetting of members of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
    National accord
    He said some MPs are also uncomfortable with provisions in the land chapter under the new Constitution and that was why they are fighting to control the committee.
    Kisumu Town West MP Olago Oluoch said in view of the national accord one party alone cannot conduct House business without the involvement of the coalition partner.
    "The withdrawal of ODM offers the two principals an opportunity to resolve the problems facing that committee," said Oluoch.
    This week six MPs passed the vote-of-no confidence in Namwamba.
    Those who attended the meeting were Baiya (PNU), Gachoka MP Mutava Musyimi (PNU), Mandera Central MP Abdikadir Mohammed (Safina), Saboti MP Eugene Wamalwa (PNU), Nominated MP George Nyamweya (PNU), and Chepalungu MP Isaac Rutto (ODM).
    Nominated MPs Amina Abdallah (Kanu) and Sophia Abdi (ODM) were not in attendance, but had signed up to the earlier notice for the removal of Namwamba.
    Namwamba alongside ODM members Millie Odhiambo (nominated) and Olago Aluoch (Kisumu Town West MP) did not attend.
    Standing Order No. 175 allows any committee, with a majority of its members, to pass a vote-of-no confidence in either the chairman or the vice chairman.
    "By a resolution supported by a majority of its members, a committee may resolve that it has no confidence in the chairperson or vice chairperson and such resolution shall be reported to the Liaison Committee which shall, as soon as it is practicable, arrange for the election of a new chairperson or vice-chairperson as the case may be," reads the Standing Order.
    The plot to oust Namwamba was set in motion in February, his departure apparently hastened by the falling out in the committee over the investigation into the disputed nominations to three Judiciary offices, which the President eventually withdrew.
    While majority of members backed a report that was supportive of the President’s nominees, Namwamba, Millie and Olago authored a ‘minority’ report condemning the President’s move.
    But members said they had lost confidence in Namwamba’s leadership because, as Ruto said, "he was running the committee like a one man show."
    Ruto has vowed to stay put in the committee in defiance of the party position.
    The chairman of the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution Charles Nyachae stressed the importance of the troubled committee in the scrutiny of Bills to implement the Constitution.
    "It is clear if the wrangling persists at the committee it will affect the constitutional implementation process," said Nyachae.
    "There may be political implications (of the standoff) but it is best if we could deal with the issue without disrupting the committee’s work," Baiya said.
     
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    Minister accuses Raila, Kibaki of failing law test



    [​IMG] Isaac Walle | NATION Prime Minister Raila Odinga introduces Orange Democratic Movement party candidate in the Ikolomani by-election Bernard Shinali to worshippers at Shiseso Catholic Church where he appealed to the people to vote for him.
    By BOB ODALO and ERICK OLOO

    Posted Sunday, May 8 2011 at 22:00

    In Summary

    • Mutula claims petty rivalries could derail reforms, as ODM leader says party ready for early elections to end power rows in coalition



    A Cabinet minister on Sunday accused President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga of failing to rein in their wrangling troops threatening to derail implementation of the new Constitution.

    In a subtle reference to the principals, Justice minister Mutula Kilonzo warned that the ODM and PNU leadership was stoking the coalition disputes by not acting on garrulous and errant members.

    "We are seeing a situation where Parliament is being reduced to an arena of discussing petty issues which does not help the country at all. My advice to ODM and PNU leaders is simple: stop these petty politics and stop the shenanigans in Parliament," the minister said.

    He spoke as Mr Odinga declared ODM was ready for a snap election following protracted power tussle in the Coalition.

    "We are ready to go for elections... ODM will win the elections if called. The party will go it alone into the elections and those challenging ODM should brace for a political showdown," Mr Odinga said.

    Speaking at a funds drive in his Mbooni constituency, Mr Kilonzo warned time was running out for the process.

    "They think that they can dictate which way the country should go, my advice to them is that Kenya is not for PNU alone, nor can it be taken captive by the ODM. The country belongs to all of us and these schemes by politicians will flop."

    The minister faulted the decision by ODM to pull out of the legal and justice committee, saying it would only prolong the standoff between the parties.

    "The country has up to August 26 to pass critical Bills and we have only 110 days to pass critical Bills to facilitate smooth implementation of the new document, time is not on our side," he said.

    In Mombasa ODM secretary-general Anyang' Nyong'o said they were open to discussions to resolve the stalemate.

    "We had initially resolved to settle the committee issue out of Parliament but what happened later forced us to pull out because our counterparts were only interested to see the chair out of it," he added.

    Addressing mourners in Ugenya, Mr Odinga claimed that those who opposed the Constitution at the referendum last year had regrouped to scuttle its implementation.

    "We voted for the new Constitution to end the over 40 years of misrule by the successive regimes and we will not allow our wish to be washed away since the new Constitution has fundamental changes that can be likened to the difference between day and night," said the PM.

    Mr Odinga dismissed claims the party had been weakened by the alleged defection of rebels to PNU.

    "Those leaving ODM party are just like a drop of water in the ocean which cannot shake the strength of the party since a number of supporter are trooping to join the party," said the PM.

    Lands minister James Orengo pledged to ensure full implementation of the Constitution, while Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwa said elections would resolve the coalition disputes.

    However, Kibwezi MP Philip Kaloki said Kenyans deserved better than the grandstanding perfected by parliamentarians.

    "My challenge to MPs is to put their differences behind and help pass the necessary Bills," Prof Kaloki said.
     
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    Leave us alone, Raila tells ODM critics



    [​IMG] Jared Nyataya | NATION Prime Minister Raila Odinga (right) with deputy PM Musalia Mudavadi at the burial of ex-policeman Alphonce Mulama at his home in Lugari Constituency on May 07, 2011.
    By OUMA WANZALA owanzala@k.nationmedia.com

    Posted Saturday, May 7 2011 at 22:00

    In Summary

    • Prime Minister says his party is focused and won't be drawn into polarising politics



    Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Saturday told ODM critics to stay away from the party's affairs and mind their business.

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    In a veiled attack on rivals in the coalition government and ODM rebels, Mr Odinga said his party was doing fine without the contribution of political parties he suggested were largely ethnic.

    "We want national parties that propagate campaigns based on policy issues rather than the tribal alliances and ethnic undertones that have characterised the political scene lately," he said.

    He spoke during the burial of retired deputy commissioner of police Alphonce Mulama at Kongoni village in Lukuyani district.

    Mr Mulama was Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi's father-in-law.

    The PM said ODM was focused and was not interested in tribal politics that could further polarise the nation.

    "Tribalism will remain the most retrogressive practice that must be defeated if the country is to make any tangible progress," he said.

    At another function in Nandi, the PM was dragged into the controversy surrounding the removal of former director of the Eldoret's Moi Referral Hospital Haroun Mengich.

    But Mr Odinga said the director had not been sacked as claimed by Mosop MP David Koech.

    The PM was addressing mourners during the burial of Michael Kiplimo Sang on his Cheborgei Farm in Mosop Constituency.

    "Nobody has sacked Prof Mengich. I cannot sit and watch innocent Kenyans being victimised,'' said Mr Odinga.

    Mr Koech had said that Cabinet ministers were doing little to improve the welfare of Kenyans but had perfected the art of sacking professionals from certain communities.

    In March this year board of directors of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital announced that it will start afresh the process of appointing the hospital's director.

    The announcement followed the decision by Medical Services minister Anyang' Nyong'o to replace the long-serving director with his deputy Omar Aly on March 7, when his contract came to an end.

    Prof Mengich was appointeddirector in March 1999 and has served for two terms of five years each with an extension contract of two years.

    Lands minister James Orengo and ODM chief whip Jakoyo Midiwo who accompanied the PM, claimed that a section of politicians in the country were out to cripple the implementation of the new Constitution for selfish gains.

    Mr Midiwo said ODM will not allow such people to paralyse the process and asked Kenyans and religious leaders to pray for the country.

    He said the party will not allow Chepalungu MP Isaac Ruto to take over the leadership of the parliamentary committee on legal affairs saying he opposed the Constitution during the referendum and cannot work for its implementation.

    "We will not allow non-progressive forces to undermine the implementation of the new Constitution. The National Accord protects the government and therefore we will not be manipulated in the legal affairs committee," Mr Midiwo said.

    He called on President Mwai Kibaki and the Prime Minister to intervene and resolve the stalemate.
     
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    1. Submitted by karlchem
      Posted May 08, 2011 04:02 PM
      @ahadiyetu, so as per your opinion, who can claim moral high grounds then?

    2. Submitted by iawe
      Posted May 08, 2011 03:35 PM
      And how would you define your association with your poodle? Isn't a tribal alliance as well? The alliance between the two of you isn't by no means based on idealogy but on parochial ethnic considerations. With the poodle on your lap you believe votes from the former Western Province are in the bag for you. Let anyone who thinks otherwise prove me wrong on what I've just said above.

    3. Submitted by oneone22
      Posted May 08, 2011 02:20 PM
      We can judge the state of ODM by the MPs and ministers who acompay the PM in most of his functions. I think they are mostly from two communities. Does this make it less tribal than other political parties? Just wondering

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    1. Submitted by karlchem
      Posted May 08, 2011 04:02 PM
      @ahadiyetu, so as per your opinion, who can claim moral high grounds then?
    2. Submitted by iawe
      Posted May 08, 2011 03:35 PM
      And how would you define your association with your poodle? Isn't a tribal alliance as well? The alliance between the two of you isn't by no means based on idealogy but on parochial ethnic considerations. With the poodle on your lap you believe votes from the former Western Province are in the bag for you. Let anyone who thinks otherwise prove me wrong on what I've just said above.
    3. Submitted by oneone22
      Posted May 08, 2011 02:20 PM
      We can judge the state of ODM by the MPs and ministers who acompay the PM in most of his functions. I think they are mostly from two communities. Does this make it less tribal than other political parties? Just wondering

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