Showdown Looms Over Majority Leadership

In the national assembly, a showdown between Kenya Kwanza Alliance and Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party is looming over who will be the majority party.

While MPs affiliated with the ruling Kenya Kwanza Alliance claim that the United Democratic Alliance party has the most members, those affiliated with Azimio One Kenya claim that the majority of members are elected through parties affiliated with the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition party.

The confusion comes after some parties decamped to Kenya Kwanza after August 9 elections, with President William Ruto, the leader of Kenya Kwanza, saying that the outfit has a higher number of MPs in the National Assembly, hence deserves to have the majority leadership.

In case of a dispute on which coalition has the majority representation in the House, the Speaker of the National Assembly or the Senate can make a verdict.

Both National Assembly and the Senate are controlled by Kenya Kwanza-sponsored speakers. Former Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula is the Speaker of the National Assembly while Amason Kingi, the immediate former Governor of Kilifi County, is the Speaker of the Senate.

Before certain political parties decamped, Azimio la Umoja, which had over 162 MPs, had the majority representation in the National Assembly.

However, after the decamping of some MPs and the acquisition of a majority of independent members, Kenya Kwanza’s representation in the National Assembly increased to 184.

Azimio, on the other hand, has already fronted the names of Ugunja Member of Parliament (MP) Opiyo Wandayi (ODM) for the Majority Leader position and Suna East MP Junet Mohamed (ODM) for Majority Whip.

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Wandayi’s deputy, as per Azimio, will be Kathiani MP Robert Mbui (Wiper Party).

Nominated MP Sabina Chege (Jubilee), as per Azimio’s proposed lineup, will be Junet Mohamed’s deputy.

At the Senate, where Azimio comprises the minority representation, Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo (ODM) has been picked for Minority Leader, to be deputised by Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua (Wiper Party).

Isiolo Senator Fatuma (Jubilee) has been proposed for Minority Whip in the Senate and Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna (ODM) as her deputy.