National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi yesterday thwarted attempts by opposition MPs to push to be allowed more time to nominate their representatives to the crucial House Business Committee.
Muturi told the House in the first sitting of the 12th Parliament it “House will not give extra time to the minority coalition” if they have failed to nominate members.
“The House, under my watch, will not be held hostage by members of political parties that do not want to participate or that show indolence,” he said.
Muturi continued, “The early bird catches the worm. The House will not wait for you. Delay defeats equity.”
ODM chairman John Mbadi and Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa, standing on a point of order, had attempted to convince the Jubilee-dominated House to shelve the approval of the list of names presented by JP until the opposition tables theirs.
“I agree it is important for the House Business Committee to be constituted. NASA has a special Parliamentary Group meeting at 10am [yesterday] and we want to plead with the House to allow us to come with a list of members,” Mbadi said.
He continued, “We cannot purport to constitute the committee if we have not followed the Standing Orders.” Mbadi was responding to Majority leader Aden Duale, who had said the powerful committee could get the prerequisite quorum even if NASA would not nominate members.
With ease, the House approved four Jubilee nominees - MPs Amos Kimunya (Kipipiri), Shadrack Mose (Kitutu Mose), Meru woman representative Kawira Mwangaza and her Turkana counterpart Joyce Emanikor - as members of the committee before adjourning the morning session.