Coast MP’s to forward Dori’s name for Chief Whip position

Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori (centre) at a past briefing. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Msambweni legislator Suleiman Dori’s name will be forwarded to Orange Democratic Movement’s party leader Raila Odinga for consideration of chief whip slot in the National Assembly.

Addressing the press at parliamentary buildings, Mvita legislator Abdul Swamad said that the coastal parliamentary caucus agreed upon Dori’s name after engagements among the MPs early Thursday.

He said that the party leader Raila Odinga has been in touch on the issue in a bid to iron out some of the complaints the legislators raised on Wednesday that names of coastal leaders did not feature in the top house leadership after names of the NASA coalition was presented to parliament.

“The party leader has been in touch with some of the members, and the proposed name has been given to the position of Chief Whip, the proposed name is to be forwarded to the party leader and as the coast parliamentary caucus we have proposed the name of honorable Suleiman Dori.”Abdul Swamad said.

The Coast lawmakers accused Raila Odinga’s ODM (Orange Democratic Movement) of shortchanging Wiper Democratic Movement and Amani National Congress (ANC).

They argued that the list failed to address gender and regional balance, further escalating the month-long standoff that had seen the Opposition fail to name its House leaders.

On the other hand, Amani National Congress complained that they are being sidelined in the house leadership slots in the opposition.

In a media briefing at parliamentary buildings, Lugari member of parliament Ayub Savula said that they have been denied the slot of deputy chief minority leader which was given to Mwala member of parliament Robert Mbui(Wiper ).

He indicated that deputy minority leader should go to him ,the slot for parliamentary accounts committee should go to Sakwa Bunyasi mp for Nambale,the commissioners of the parliamentary service commission position should go to Alfred Agoi mp Sabatia, deputy chief whip senate should go to Petronilla Were who is a nominated senator and Omboko Miremba to take the position of house business committee.

They threatened to take action against NASA’s move if the leadership of the coalition wont chip in and salvage that situation.

“Our minority leader John Mbadi presented names to parliament and said that those are the ones selected for the house leadership slots and we were promised the deputy minority leader slot.” Butere mp Tindi Mwale said.