Duale, Murkomen fight over Senate, National Assembly roles

Speakers Kenneth Lusaka (Senate) and Justin Muturi (National Assembly) with respective Majority leaders Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marwaket) and Aden Duale (Garissa Town) at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi ahead of IEBC's announcement of presidential election results, October 30, 2017. /MONICAH MWANGI
Speakers Kenneth Lusaka (Senate) and Justin Muturi (National Assembly) with respective Majority leaders Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marwaket) and Aden Duale (Garissa Town) at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi ahead of IEBC's announcement of presidential election results, October 30, 2017. /MONICAH MWANGI

The supremacy battle between the Senate and the National Assembly may be headed to the Supreme Court.

Majority leader Aden Duale (Garissa Town) and his Senate counterpart Kipchuma Murkomen (Elgeyo Marwakwet)

took the war on the roles of the two houses to social media.

“Time has come for the National Assembly to return to the Supreme Court. There is confusion in the legislative work and the line ought to be drawn so the Senate knows its work,” Duale wrote on his Twitter page.

In his response, Murkomen noted many problems bedevil this nation, so fights between the National Assembly and the Senate should not take centre stage.

"I urge my colleagues Duale and Otiende Amollo to see the bigger picture. Don’t fear us. Come, let’s work together," he said.

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The clash between the two legislative organs started after they differed on their roles and mandates during the ongoing Commonwealth Post-election Seminar in Mombasa.

A the meeting, MPs have questioned the relevance of the Senate, accusing it of encroaching on the mandate of the National Assembly.

Duale slammed the Senate for working outside the constitutional framework and

demanded an immediate meeting of Speakers Justin Muturi and Kenneth Lusaka - Senate.

He wants them to draw a clear boundary on the roles of the houses.

This, Duale said, will play a key role in ending the conflicts.

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