Azimio la Umoja party leader Raila Odinga has urged his lieutenants to remain united and focus on delivering the coalition’s legislative agenda.
He said MPs elected under the umbrella ought to play their oversight robustly especially to ensure resources are prudently utilized by the executive.
Speaking Friday during the Azimio parliamentary caucus held in Athi-River Machakos County, Raila argued that Azimio was the majority formation in parliament and will most likely get the Majority house positions, and wants the opposition members to make this count.
Odinga urged his troops to remain resolute, stay the course and resist attempts to shift goals post for selfish gains.
“If you do not unite, you are going to be ruled throughout the life of Parliament and yet we have the numbers and strength to be able to be rulers in the House,” he warned the lawmakers
He said the Executive led by President William Ruto ought to be scrutinized for excesses that if not checked will jeopardize the independence of constitutional bodies.
“There’s a push by the executive to own the judiciary through illegal actions that amount to bribery; it is the reason for the rush to appoint the six judges and to allocate money to the judiciary,” he said even as he maintained his stance that the Supreme Court acted unfairly and mischievously when it threw out his petition challenging the declaration of Ruto as the winner of August 9 Presidential election.
He particularly did not have kind words for Chief Justice Martha Koome.
“The Chief Justice described our case as no more than ‘hot air’, ‘wild goose chase’, and ‘hearsay evidence’, these are words of the Chief Justice of Kenya,” He charged
The House leadership battle pitting Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya party and Kenya Kwanza political formation continue to gain momentum with both sides insisting they are the majority.
Azimio-allied MPs under the Azimio parliamentary caucus met to strategize on how to retain what they claimed as rightfully theirs. Azimio leader Raila Odinga and his deputy Martha Karua maintained that their Coalition is legally in control of the National Assembly.
“This meeting was planned to ensure we come out as one unit going to Parliament in order to safeguard the interest of our movement,” Raila said of the two-day retreat in Machakos
“We are the largest party in Parliament, we deserve to have the majority leader and whip position. You need to work together as a team because if you are not united, you’ll be made mincemeat,” added his deputy Martha Karua
Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka vowed that the coalition will take nothing to chance as the new administration commences its five-year tenure in office.
“We collectively agreed that we must do all that we can to safeguard the constitutional gains achieved over the last 12 years. Our duty is to the people of Kenya,” said Kalonzo
Former leader of minority John Mbadi, Suna East Mp Junet Mohammed and Ugunja Mp Opiyo Wandayi are some of the leaders seeking the leader of the majority position. Rarieda Mp Otiende Amollo and Navakholo, MP Emmanuel Wangwe will be seeking to lead the Public Accounts Committee and Majority Chief Whip respectively.
The final decision on who the coalition will be fronting for house leadership positions in the bicameral parliament is set to be arrived at on Saturday.
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