National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi pronounced himself on membership of the Parliamentary Service Commission. He said there are three parties that qualify for PSC slots – Jubilee (4), ODM (2) and Wiper (1). He officially communicated as the chair on the floor of the House. This means Wiper has to present a name of its nominee and ODM two. This is what we have done as Wiper. We are basically following what the Speaker ordered. Even in the last Parliament, former Kitui Senator David Musila was our nominee to the PSC. We are still the same party and in the same arrangement as a coalition.
We have done the same thing we did in the last Parliament by forwarding the name of Borabu MP Ben Momanyi as our PSC nominee. We are trying to ensure that there is regional balance for the Kisii community to get something within the NASA arrangement. The Kisii community has got nothing in ODM parliamentary leadership. We want to ensure people stop complaining about discrimination in the coalition. It would not have been good for Wiper had the seat been given to the Kamba community, which already has other positions. This is part of our consideration and there shouldn’t be any problem because ODM has two slots for their nominees to the PSC. I think the disputed PSC slot can split the coalition, because these are individual positions and are not more beneficial to individual parties. The position will be given to Momanyi, not Wiper.
Our party leader Kalonzo Musyoka and the People’s President Raila Odinga can sit, talk and agree on the matter. This noise by coalition members against each other is making NASA look bad. This makes me question whether we are ready to form a government when we still fight for small positions. The best thing is for our four principals sit and agree because MPs will fight until kingdom come if the matter is left to them. I don’t think if there will be any problem because we are simply doing what we did last time, and what the Speaker said. We are not trying to take anything away from Musalia Mudavadi’s ANC. Instead, we can even donate a position to it, although ODM already donated a slot to them in the Senate for the PSC.
The writer is the Wiper Organizing Secretary and Kathiani MP