Muturi orders minutes of contentious electoral clause meeting tabled in House

Muturi orders minutes of contentious electoral clause meeting tabled in House

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National Speaker Justin Muturi during a past Parliament session. PHOTO: FILE.

Nairobi,KENYA:Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi on Tuesday ruled that Justice and legal affairs chair Samuel Chepkonga to table in parliament, the schedule of minutes during a meeting between Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the committee where the proposed amendment of contentious clause of reverting from electronic to manual system in the upcoming general elections were discussed.

Muturi was prompted to rule that Chepkonga brings the minutes in the House after some committee members including Ugenya Member of Parliament David Ochieng and Emurua Dikkir MP Johanna Ngeno said that such piece of legislation was not part of the discussion during the meeting.

The MPs raised concerns that the report tabled by Chepkonga originated from IEBC and not the committee.

“The IEBC commission indicated that time allocated may not be adequate and they propose to amend section 44, they recommended Mr. Speaker that we use manual transmission.”Chepkonga said.

Earlier, pandemonium ensued parliamentary buildings where opposition legisaltors tried to block speaker from entering the chambers arguing that the scheduled special sitting was unconstitutional.

Their action degenerated temperatures in parliament which led to blockade of roads around parliament with presence of heavy security.

Meanwhile, Muturi told parliament that president Uhuru Kenyatta has nominated former Anglican Church of Kenya arch-Bishop Eliud Wabukala as EACC chairperson subject to Parliament’s approval.

Edited by George Otieno