The battle over proposed changes under the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill 2021 is threatening to snowball into a contest of numbers in Parliament.
Allies of President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga have dared Deputy President William Ruto’s camp to bring it on the floor of the House. This is after Ruto’s camp vowed to frustrate the Bill sponsored by National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya.
“The usual reactionary forces that are opposed to the Bill will be defeated,” said Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi yesterday. Ruto’s camp has in the past suffered major blows on the floor of the National Assembly and the Senate when it failed to mobilise numbers for crucial votes.
In the public gallery, the DP has declared he enjoys the backing of more than 150 MPs
The rival camps could not agree on which path to take forcing them to take a vote.
Uhuru and Raila allies carried the day by mobilising 45 members to vote in favour of the committee against 14 members, who rooted for the plenary.
Waiguru survived the impeachment following recommendations by the committee that was chaired by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala.
There was also a clear divide in the impeachments of then Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and his Kiambu counterpart Ferdinand Waititu. Uhuru and Raila’s camp carried the day in both instances by pushing for the removal from office of the two
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