Yesterday the National Assembly approved the nomination of the seven members of the parliamentary service commission, who will be under the employment of body of parliament.
Under UDA party, approved nominee members were; Faith Gitau Nyandarua women representative, Mohammed Ali MP Nyali, Nderuti Kinyua Laikipia senator and Joyce Korir. A total of four members representing the ruling party in the country.
Azimio coalition approved nominee members were; Mishi Mboko MP Likoni, Patrick Makau MP Mavuko and Fatuma Dullow Isiolo senator. Making a total of three members of the opposition side, Azimio La Umoja coalition.
Earlier on the parliament had received the nominee members with the Azimio coalition having a revive on their nomination of their members into the commission.
On 2 nd November 2022, the minority leader, Opiyo Wandayi sent a letter to the speaker of the National Assembly, Moses Wetangula listed the names of MP for Likoni Mishi Mboko and MP for Mavuko Patrick Makau as Azimio nominees to the PSC.
Later on, on 7 th November 2022, Opiyo Wandayi sent another letter to the speaker of the National Assembly, amending the list dropping MP for Mavuko Patrick Makau replacing it with MP for Sirisia John Waluke.
The second list got a lot of pressure emphasizing for MP for Sirisia John Waluke to be among the Azimio nominees but upon approval of the nominees yesterday the list was approved without his name.
“For that commission, for example in the minority side, we have ODM as a parliamentary party, we have Wiper as a parliamentary party, we have Jubilee as a parliamentary party. I can tell you that the leadership has struggled to be able to come up with the list that can be acceptable. We know that every member in this house is capable, can do this job. It is only 7 members who are going to be in that commission,” Robert Mubui.
The MPs have pleaded to the approved nominated PSC to work in their favour as this comes as salaries commission did not look inti their demand for increment of allowances.
“We came out of elections, we found that salaries of members have been cut, allowances of members have reduced, house allowances have been scrupt. Mr. Speaker, it is unfortunate, so it is important for the new commission to know that they really have a work cut-off for them,” Robert Mubui.
“They should bear in mind that they are getting to the commission to serve interests of the entire parliament. They are not being nominated into the commission to go and push their personal agendas,” Kimani Ichungwa, the majority leader in the National Assembly said.
By James Chacha