The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has added its voice to the growing calls for the impeachment of National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi following the controversial passage of the Finance Bill, 2018.
ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna expressed his displeasure with the manner in which parliament’s leadership ensured that the 8% VAT levy on petroleum products got approved.
Addressing Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo, Sifuna stated: “We must condemn the leadership of the house led by Speaker Muturi. And if there is any move to remove that man as the Speaker of the House, I can guarantee that you have my support”.
Sifuna indicated that despite the “handshake” and the party’s support for the passage of the bill, it was in bad taste for the parliament’s leadership to blatantly subvert democracy to stamp the Executive’s agenda.
“Sisi kama chama lazima tulaani vitendo ambavyo tuliona katika bunge wakati wa mswanda wa hii VAT (As a party, we must condemn what was seen in parliament during the debate on VAT).
“We never gave anyone the authority to subvert the rule of law or democracy in parliament,” Sifuna added indicating that it was obvious that the “nays” had beat the “ayes” contrary to the speaker’s decision.
The ODM Secretary-General further indicated that they won’t shy away from faulting what transpired on Thursday adding that there was no provision to win at all costs.
“I am a keen student of Raila Amollo Odinga and one thing he taught me is in any situation to always ask the question; Is what you are seeing right? Is it right?” Sifuna posed.
Narok Woman Representative Soipan Tuya who was serving as the temporary speaker during the session and Assembly Clerk Michael Sialai Rotich were accused of forcefully imposing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s memorandum despite a thunderous “No” from the MPs.
Addressing the press after the passing of Uhuru’s proposals, disgruntled MPs cited dictatorship and strong-arming in the manner the proposals were passed during the chaotic Thursday afternoon sitting.
Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati indicated that they would immediately begin the process of impeaching the Speaker: “That is the process we are starting and he will go”.
Laikipia Woman Representative Catherine Waruguru termed the controversial Parliamentary proceedings as “a showdown, dictatorship and democracy”.