view http://conceptbath.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-direct.php geneva; font-size: small;”>After the resignation the CORD caucus decided that Kalonzo Musyoka would head the Coalition’s affairs in National Assembly.
Legislators allied to the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy CORD while on their two-day retreat at Naivasha’s Great Rift Valley lodge picked
Machakos Senator Johnston Muthama as the opposition Chief whip who would be deputized by Former ODM Director Janet Ongera.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga opted to stay out of the Parliamentary business and is expected to champion for the checks and balances to
Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidency to ensure that the new constitution is implemented.
The coalition had converged in Naivasha to strategize on the way forward and their role in the legislature once Parliament as begins its business formally today.
Raila has been urging the governors not to be shortchanged on their pivotal roles in the devolution agenda and reiterated that CORD was clear on the letter and the spirit of the 2010 Constitution.
Late last week Raila said the devolution was supposed to be a top agenda as it was the main principle of the new Constitution. According to the Standard newspaper, Raila is reported to have asked Senate to amend the National Government Coordination Act 2013 to allow devolution to kick off effectively.
He said the task should top Senators’ their initial agenda when they formally open the House on Tuesday.
“Senators should amend the this Act that empowers central government so that devolved governments can have their rightful powers as conferred upon them by the constitution to deliver to the citizens who have the faith in the new Constitution they voted for,” said Raila.
The opposition shared the Parliamentary roles equally with Ford Kenya Leader Moses Wetang’ula being confirmed as Senate Minority leader and deputized by Wajir Senator Hassan Abdurrahman; Kalonzo Musyoka will Lead them in the National Assembly and deputized by Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo.
In the meantime Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze would hold the leader of the opposition role in the National Assembly on interim basis until Kalonzo Musyoka is elected as Mwingi Central MP in the By-Election yet to be decided upon by the IEBC.
The chief Whips are Machakos Senator Johnston Muthama deputized by Janet Ongera and Kilifi North MP Gideon Mung’aro for National Assembly.
The opposition has hinted that the government will have an uphill task if it initiates the poaching of the opposition members.
However, Machakos Senator Johnston Muthama has said that the electoral laws should be repealed to give each county a platform to elect president individually and not on the basis of the popular vote as it was witnessed in the past elections.
Kenya’s Parliament begins its business Tuesday in the afternoon with President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing both houses.
Cord Leader Raila Odinga is expected to be present in the opening of the Parliament.