Nairobi, KENYA: National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale has said that Baringo Senator Gideon Moi is not supposed to chair Information, Communication, and Technology committee following the matters of media shut down before the committee.
Speaking to journalists at parliamentary buildings, Duale said that Moi is not supposed to chair the committee in tackling matters of media shutdown, terming such scenario as precarious leading to conflict of interests; this is due to the fact that Moi is the owner of Standard Group which was among the companies affected by the shutdown and its management is appearing before the committee.
Duale said Moi’s actions go against the standing orders of the house.
“If you are a member of a committee or a chair and the matter before that committee in one way or the other, touches on you personally, by extension through your business your friends your family members, you must declare your interest and abdicate your role in that committee,” Duale said.
“If you are the chair you allow the other vice-chair or member to run the committee. So the matter before ICT committee today of the media shutdown we don’t expect the chair of that committee one the senator of Baringo to run the committee.”He added
He said that both houses have resolved to follow the constitution to the letter, especially on the 12th parliament.
He insisted that such move is not a way of gagging the legislature.
He pointed that the committee is not supposed to carry on with its grilling of the Communication Authority of Kenya officials and ICT cabinet secretary Joe Mucheru as the matter is before the court.
The ICT committee postponed the meeting with CS Mucheru slated for Monday until, 6th March.
On parliamentary service commission appointments, Duale said that Orange Democratic Movement and Wiper parties must submit the names of their members whom will serve in the PSC.
“For NASA they have until tomorrow afternoon to submit the names and their slots are three, two in the National Assembly and one in the Senate,” Duale said.
Duale insisted that the two names in the National Assembly of NASA must come from Wiper and ODM because they are the ones which attain a threshold set by the constitution.
Wiper had submitted the name of Borabu Legislature Bernard Momanyi to be a commissioner in the PSC an issue which didn’t go well with the ANC and ODM members of parliament.
Other names forwarded for the PSC slot from NASA include Homa Bay Women Rep Gladys Wanga and Kakamega Senator George Khaniri.