"Kenya Kwanza na Azimio wametucheza!" - Luhya MPs cry foul over 'exclusion'
- A group of MPs from Western Region want the Azimio coalition to re-instate Sirisia MP John Waluke to Parliamentary Service Commission.
- They also want the case against MP Waluke dismissed and be dealt with in the context of amnesty extended to all those facing corruption cases like Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua,
A section of Members of Parliament from Western Kenya now say that the region has been shortchanged politically by both the Kenya Kwanza Government and the opposition, Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition.
Speaking within the precincts of Parliament on Tuesday, November 22 afternoon, the MPs - dubbed the Western parliamentary Group - said that all elected leaders from the region - regardless of party affiliations - will speak in one voice going forward.
Led by Saboti MP Caleb Amisi, the MPs claimed that the Azimio Coalition, for instance, had failed to accommodate the Luhya community in the House leadership of both Senate and National Assembly.
The community did not produce a single position in the minority side in the Bicameral Parliament. Kenya Kwanza's Senator Boni Khalalwe, however, is the Majority Whip in the Senate.
They also noted that the community was overlooked by both Azimio and Kenya Kwanza when it came to EALA elections. Not a single member of the Luhya community from both coalition was voted to the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA).
Consequently, the group now says that it held a meeting at Fairview Hotel on Tuesday, November 22, and it now demands the following;
- The Azimio coalition re-instates Sirisia MP John Waluke to Parliamentary Service Commission;
- The case against Waluke be withdrawn and be dealt with in the context of amnesty extended to all those facing corruption cases like Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi and his Public Service counterpart Aisha Jumwa, among others;
- That the Azimio coalition takes remedial action in House leadership positions by being inclusive;
- That going forward, all engagements with any political coalition must be through the caucus and must explicitly identify what is in it for us.
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