LEGAL EXPERTS

Senate will pass coalitions bill peacefully — Madzayo

Kilifi senator says they will debate without any chaos as witnessed in the national assembly on Wednesday

In Summary

•The county was treated to ugly scenes as legislators voted for the proposed amendments to the bill.

•This is after chaos broke out as MPs opposed to the amendment clashed with the proponents of the bill.

Deputy Senate minority leader and Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo.
Deputy Senate minority leader and Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo.
Image: ALPHONCE GARI

Senate deputy minority leader Stewart Madzayo has assured Kenyans that the upper house will pass the Political Parties Amendment Bill 2021 peacefully.

The Kilifi senator said the senate consists of mature leaders who will debate the bill without any chaos as witnessed in the national assembly on Wednesday.

The county was treated to ugly scenes as legislators voted for the proposed amendments to the bill.

This is after chaos broke out as MPs opposed to the amendment clashed with the proponents of the bill.

Those supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga wanted the bill passed through the third reading without any amendments while those allied to Deputy President William Ruto came up with 27 amendments.

Speaking during an end of the year party of women drawn from Malindi constituency, he said the senate is composed of legal experts who will sit down and discuss it with a positive view of passing it.

The party was organised by Malindi parliamentary hopeful Amina Mnyazi.

“I am sure and hopeful that we are going to pass the bill. There will be no chaos and since the senate is the upper house we shall go that direction,” he said.

Madzayo said Kilifi is still an ODM stronghold and will win all the seats in the 2022 general election.

“I assure the people of Kilifi that we will do a repeat of what happened in 2017.  Those who will be nominated for ODM seats will win,” he said.

He assured aspirants of free and fair nominations in the ODM party as the party was democratic.

“During nomination, everybody will be given a fair chance, no one will go unopposed and will have to battle out for the ticket with another person,” Madzayo said.

He said with Raila as their party leader they expect him to become president. 

Present during the ceremony was three Women Representative aspirants Esther Kache a former Kilifi town council chairperson, Witness Tsuma chairperson of Maendeleo ya Wanawake, Kilifi and Josephine Bebora of Kanu.

Mnyazi who is eyeing the Malindi parliamentary seat said she is confident that she is going to be the next MP.

She said there were speculations that the ticket had been given to an individual but has since learnt from Raila that no one has been given the ticket and called on ODM supporters to support her during the nomination.

Mnyanzi said some of her political rivals in ODM were threatening her with rumours that the ticket was already gone but vowed to fight until she emerges the winner.

She urged Malindi and Kilifi residents to vote overwhelmingly for Raila because he has great plans for the country.

“The current political situation has clearly shown Baba is the one who is going to be the president,” he said.

Esther Kache and Witness Tsuma said they are in ODM and asked Kilifi residents to support Raila to ensure he becomes president.

Josephine Bebora who wants to be a Woman rep on a Kanu ticket said she is hopeful that Raila will be president.

Edited by Kiilu Damaris

Malindi ODM parliamentary aspirant Amina Mnyazi with Woman Rep candidate.
Malindi ODM parliamentary aspirant Amina Mnyazi with Woman Rep candidate.
Image: ALPHONCE GARI