Molo Member of Parliament Kimani Kuria has today weighed in on the ongoing exchange of words between Azimio La Umoja and Kenya Kwanza factions.
There has been a push and pull on which side has the majority representation in parliament after the recently concluded general elections. Speak at Citizen Television during a morning breakfast show, the youthful Member of Parliament wondered why their Azimio counterparts have been insisting on having a numerical advantage at the upper house, yet they couldn’t marshal their troops in parliament to make them win National Assembly speaker’s seat.
Last week, Azimio had fronted former National Assembly speaker Kenneth Marende, to battle it out with Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula, a contest that saw the latter win the much coveted seat with a landslide margin.
“Practically, if they (Azimio) had numbers, how did they fail to elect the Speaker of the National Assembly? Or the numbers to elect the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly? Where are the numbers?” posed Kimani. Legally speaking, Azimio has numerical strength in parliament, but politically speaking, Kenya Kwanza has out muscled the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition political party.
The Azimio coalition has a total of 26 political parties that are constitutionally allied to it. All the parties constitute to 164 Members of Parliament, against KK’s 160. However, since the Election day up to now, a handful of leaders that are still in coalition agreement with Azimio have since shifted their allegiance to President William Ruto, making the ruling coalition to have super majority in the house – with add ups from the independent-elected members.
If the latter argument is anything to go by, then the Molo legislature has a point that the Azimio fraternity should consider taking home. However, if they are to go with the elected members per coalition, then Azimio will carry the day, and be the coalition to produce the both the Leader of the Majority in the house, and the Chief Whip.