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Kimunya asks Speaker to recall House to finalise Parties Bill

The Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Amos Kimunya has written to the House Speaker Justin Muturi requesting that Parliament holds a 3-day special sitting to conclude consideration and voting on the contentious Political Parties Amendment Bill 2021.

With the move set to be permitted those opposed to the clauses in the bill have vowed to yet again vote down the proposals which they claim are ill-timed and against the 2010 constitution.

The latest development comes two days after chaos rocked the house during a controversial vote on the divisive bill.

MPs were voting to either support or reject amendments by Kandara MP Alice Wahome that called for the removal of a procedure for the formation of a coalition political party.

The Bill contains amendments to laws governing political parties and the registration of coalition groupings for elections.

Some of the proposals in the bill include, that a coalition political party must be registered by the registrar as a political party and shall submit the political agreement at least six months before a general election.

The Bill also proposes tough measures to party members who promote the ideologies of another political party.

It further stipulates that political party funds shall be distributed among political parties on a 70% proportion, 15% special interest groups, 10% representative.

Heated exchanges characterized the afternoon sitting that culminated with the suspension of Minority Leader John Mbadi for five consecutive sittings over misconduct for allegedly assaulting Kipsengeret Koross MP Sigowet Soin.

Sigowet-Soin MP Kipsengeret Koros also suffered a cut in the face during the melee.

The move to get three more days is largely seen as a wider plan to deal with delays occasioned by hard-line stances of players from both sides of the political divide.


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