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September 26, 2017

List of EALA nominees to be tabled in Parliament

Simon Mbugua during a press conference at Jubilee headquarters, where he withdrew his challenge to the nomination of Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan on May 4. He was subsequently promised nomination to EALA / FILE
Simon Mbugua during a press conference at Jubilee headquarters, where he withdrew his challenge to the nomination of Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan on May 4. He was subsequently promised nomination to EALA / FILE

A fresh list of nominees to East Africa Legislative Assembly is expected in the House as soon as MPs are inducted and committees are formed.

The induction will start on Sunday. The drive will run for a week at Hotel Intercontinental, Nairobi.

The nomination and interviewing of the members to the regional Parliament, which has not conducted any business for months, is among the key business in the House.

Jubilee Party and NASA candidates, who had applied and had been interviewed for the positions in the last Parliament, will have to apply afresh even as reports indicate there will be major changes to the list to accommodate some of the losers in the August 8 General Election.

The EALA was to be inaugurated on June 4, but it has been delayed after the two sides of the political divide disagreed over the election procedure.

The standoff started when Cord, now part of NASA, submitted only five nominees for the approval of the House, but Jubilee rejected the list, saying the opposition should have submitted a longer list for the House to have options on who to pick.

Yesterday, National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale said the shortlisting and interviewing of the fresh candidates will be among the first business of the 12th Parliament.

“This is a different Parliament. We have new members and therefore the whole process will have to start afresh,” he told the Star.

“Those who had applied, shortlisted and interviewed will have to apply afresh. There is likely to be changes as the process will be open to other Kenyans.”

Under NASA, ODM has three slots, while Wiper has one.

ODM had earlier picked party National Elections Board chairperson Judy Pareno, Abubakar Zein and Ronald Ngeny. Wiper had picked Kalonzo Musyoka’s son Kennedy.

On the Jubilee side, 58 people applied for the job. Fifteen were shortlisted but only five were selected.

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