Assembly sittings suspended over party wrangles
29 October 2015, 11:23
Bungoma - The Speaker of Bungoma County Assembly, John Makali has indefinitely suspended all County Assembly plenary sittings until coalitions sort out leadership wrangles.
Makali regretted that the ongoing wrangles pitting the Jubilee and Cord coalitions over the majority seat have continuously tainted the image of the Assembly and stood in the way of service delivery.
Differences between the two sides on which is the majority coalition forced the County Assembly to adjourn before transacting any business on Wednesday morning.
“Normal sittings will only resume after the coalitions iron out their differences and agree to work to execute their key roles of oversight, representation and legislation,” Makali said.
Makali stated that he has no role in deciding which is the majority side as the procedures for electing leaders of Coalitions is clearly spelt out in the County Governments Act.
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Jubilee Coalition which has established from the registrar of political parties Lucy Ndung’u that they are the majority with 34 members against Cord’s 28 wanted to forcefully eject Majority Leader Majimbo Okumu from his seat to pave way for Henry Nyongesa from the Jubilee side but Okumu stayed put, something that angered Jubilee MCAs who wanted to throw him out.
Efforts to have the matter sorted amicably have failed to bear fruit with both sides maintaining hardline stands.
The Speaker has held three meetings with the leaders of both sides in an attempt to reach consensus.
Makali in the meantime appealed for patience and understanding from the wider public as a speedy solution to the standoff is sought.
He urged the leaders of both Jubilee Alliance and Cord coalitions to show leadership and rally the County Assembly to be united.
He stated that he is ready to reconvene the County Assembly Sittings as and when the issues are sorted out.
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