Just hours to the ruling by the National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula's ruling on the side with the highest number of members of Parliament between Kenya Kwanza and Azimio, City Lawyer Steve Ogolla has weighed in on the issue. According to Ogolla, Kenya Kwanza has the majority of the Members of Parliament since it enjoys Article 108(2) of the Constitution, according to him, Kenya Kwanza is a Coalition of Parties unlike Azimio whoch is a Coalition Political Party which means its legal status is not any different from that of normal parties like ODM or Wiper.
Nyeri town member of parliament Ngunjiri Wambugu has revealed the number of members of parliament who voted for the coalition bill. Through his official Facebook page Wambugu said 113 Mps for vote while 68 against the bill. "How MPs voted on the political parties amendments this morning ,yes 113, No68.#Kieleweke," the Nyeri town member of parliament said.
Kandara MP Alice Wahome's constitutional argument on the dangers of breaking the law at the expense of "imposing" the proposed Political Parties Bill on Coalitions was rudely received with endless heckling and booing from President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga's allied legislators. According to Alice Wahome, the christened Coalition Political Party does not exist within the constitution and therefore stamping it into law might strangely offend the constitutional statute.
Deputy President William Ruto has hit out at President Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake brother Raila Odinga over the Political Parties Amendment Bill 2021, that have already seen Ruto, Raila and the President's allies divided over coalition deadline proposal. According to the government-sponsored Bill, parties seeking to form a Coalition Political Party (CPP) or a pre-election coalition will be required to deposit an agreement with the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties at least six months to polls.
Just hours before National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula made his choice between Kenya Kwanza and Azimio for the side with the most legislators, City Attorney Steve Ogolla gave his opinion on the subject. Ogolla asserts that because Kenya Kwanza is a coalition of parties as opposed to Azimio, which is a coalition political party, the latter's legal status is identical to that of typical parties like ODM or Wiper.
City Attorney Steve Ogolla has offered his opinion on the matter just hours before National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula's decision on the side with the most number of parliamentarians between Kenya Kwanza and Azimio. Ogolla asserts that because Kenya Kwanza is a coalition of parties as opposed to Azimio, which is a coalition political party, the latter's legal status is identical to that of typical parties like ODM or Wiper.
There is a huge debate ongoing in Parliament over the controversial Political Parties (Amendment) Bill 2021 which has brought more reactions as different members of Parliament allied to Raila Odinga and William Ruto have opposing views. The main debate here arises from the agreement on the time frame in which a coalition party can be formed and the criteria that can be used in picking voters to take part in nominations.
House session turned into a boxing ring after MPs exchanged fisticuffs as they considered the divisive Coalition Bill. Several lawmakers forced their way to Speaker's section and began exchanging blows with some lawmakers throwing water bottles at their colleagues during the ensuing melee. The chaos erupted when the MPs were taking a vote on a proposed amendment by Kandara MP Alice Wahome that sought to delete a clause on the establishment of a Coalition Party.