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Duale put to task over tyranny of numbers

15 August 2014, 11:36 John Kioko

Kwale - Lawyers attending the 21st annual conference in Kwale County put to task the Leader of Majority in the National Assembly, Aden Duale over the Jubilee's tyranny of numbers.

They sought to know how tyranny of numbers has helped Kenyans since President Uhuru Kenyatta took office.

LSK Chairman, Eric Mutua noted that Article two of the Constitution binds all people and the Bill of Rights provides for equality.

“Parliament should not invoke the tyranny of numbers to pass unconstitutional laws and policies as a show of might,” said Mutua.

He said that the National Assembly, Senate and Executive must all uphold the Rule of Law by respecting court orders.

“Disregard to court orders is the beginning of anarchy. The supremacy of the constitution must be upheld at all cost,” he added.

Tyranny of numbers in Parliament inevitable

Duale said the issue of tyranny of numbers in the House cannot be avoided since it consists of leaders from the ruling government.

He argued that Kenyans decided on March 4, 2013 that Jubilee be the ruling government while CORD remained in opposition.

Duale said Kenyans have to be used to it since the country has a presidential system of government.

“It should be for the benefit of Kenyans because anything we pass in Parliament is for Kenyans not for Jubilee,” he added.

Asked how it has helped in security, cost of living and the Migingo dispute, Duale said such issues are to be tackled by Kenyans themselves.

He noted that legal professionals and Kenyans have been given a chance to come up with private members Bills that can be discussed in the Parliament to tackle such issues.

Duale assured the lawyers that the Parliament is ready to work with them for the benefit of Kenyans.

He was also quick to rule out the Solomonic rulings by Parliament speakers saying it was overstated and a creation of the media.

He was responding to concerns by the lawyers who said they did not have faith in the House Speaker.

“Speaker should give a communication there and then but if he promises to communicate in a week's time, it raise questions of integrity and may be someone gives him direction or written communication,” remarked Duale.

Duale noted that the Jubilee government has a social contract with Kenyans, which is their business and warned those planning the referendum to think twice about it.

“Our primary issue is to serve Kenyans while a referendum is a secondary thing. Once the time of questions come after collection of signatures, you will know what type of questions Jubilee government will raise,” he noted.

Duale was also quick to say that the referendum might be very challenging since every stakeholder in the country has a pertinent question they want featured in the referendum.

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