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February 21, 2018

Help us get back our cars, guards — Mbadi, Junet

Police restrain NASA MPs led by Minority leader John Mbadi (C), who were demanding to see MP Tom Kajwang’ at Nairobi PCIO offices on January 31 /JACK OWUOR
Police restrain NASA MPs led by Minority leader John Mbadi (C), who were demanding to see MP Tom Kajwang’ at Nairobi PCIO offices on January 31 /JACK OWUOR

NASA leaders in the National Assembly have asked Speaker Justin Muturi to intervene and get their security personnel and vehicles reinstated.

Minority leader John Mbadi and Minority Whip Junet Mohamed yesterday told the House they were stripped of their privileges unprocedurally and unconstitutionally.

The duo called on Muturi to protect the independence of Parliament, alleging that it had been subjected to control by the Presidency.

Read: Talk to Uhuru about NASA security withdrawal, Junet asks Muturi

“The police service has changed its moto from Utumishi kwa Wote to Utumishi kwa Jubilee (from Service to All to Service to Jubilee). Mr Speaker, assert the authority of this House because one becomes property of the Parliamentary Service Commission, which you chair,” Junet said.

“Are we going into an era where Parliament is being micromanaged by the Executive? We were all elected by the people, yet Jubilee MPs are entitled to security and cars.”

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But Majority Leader Aden Duale interjected and said the claims could not be substantiated.

“Parliament precedence is that you must support the relevant laws that outline the rights of MPs to enjoy security details and cars. There is no such provision in the Standing Orders or any other law that govern the National Police Service,” Duale said.

Muturi said: “The matter is being addressed and an appropriate decision will be communicated to you.”

 

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