CORD protests over Muturi 'violation' of the law
21 October 2014, 19:44
Nairobi - CORD MPs have protested the move by speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi to suspend summons to the house for cabinet secretaries.
Muturi made the directive Tuesday in the house following intervention by the government last week over the summons, where it urged CS's not to attends the summons.
Through Chief of staff Joseph Kuria, the president said that there was need for consultation first before the directives were heeded.
The first batch of CS's Charity Ngilu of Lands, Joseph Ole Lenku of Interior and Education's Jacob Kaimenyi arrived in parliament last week but only Ngilu faced the house oversight committee.
According to Muturi, there will be consultation before a way forward is decided on.
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CORD MP's though, said that it was disregard of house standing orders and violation of the constitution to stop the summons, saying that the house has been awarded an oversight role by law.
They insisted that they would lobby for the summons to be recalled as soon as possible.
The Law Society of Kenya LSK as well as the Constitution Implementation Commision CIC are against the summons.
CS's had shown a willingness to attend the summons, saying that they did not see any problems in being questioned by MP's.
" This is an initiative that will bring openness to our activities and because there is nothing to hide, I see not big deal in attending, Ngilu said of her summon.
Leader of Majority Aden Duale had said that the summons would continue this week upon the conclusion of talks with the executive but to no avail.
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