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MPs accuse CORD of favoritism in nominations

04 April 2014, 08:13 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - A group of MPs from Garissa and Wajir counties have condemned the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) over favoritism in nomination of members of the coalition.

They accused the coalition of excluding Garissa County Woman Representative Shukran Hussein from joining the Pan-African Parliament despite getting overwhelming support from the National Assembly.

The MPs said CORD's acts of favoritism would lead to the coalition's premature collapse.

"In May 2013 I declared my interest to join the Pan-African Parliament to represent the interest of my country after realizing that there are five nomination positions to be nominated by political parties and passed by National Assembly; three positions for Jubilee and two for CORD coalitions," said Hussein.

"I lobbied on my Wiper party but in June 2013 my name was not among the five names that were tabled in Parliament for approval. The list lacked fairness in terms of regional, youth and faith representation. The amendment on the list was done and debated then resolved by voting that I be nominated to represent both youth, pastoral communities and mirror faith after realizing that Millie Odhiambo and Janet Ongera came from same region," she lamented.   

Hussein noted that although the National Assembly's speaker, Justin Muturi drafted the letter to the Pan-African Parliament President confirming her appointment among other four members, her swearing in was rejected while in South Africa then informed that the Senate had presented a letter objecting her appointment.

"After inquiring from the National Assembly speaker and the House leadership I was told that CORD coalition has not agreed to the representation. The CORD coalition led by its three principals deliberated on this issue three times and resolved that my names to be submitted. However, I learned that my name was again replaced by that of Janet Ongera," she added.

She confirmed that she had not received any information from the coalition or parliament on the resolutions reached hence raising questions on how the National Assembly's decision can be overturned in favor of another person.

 Zirie warned that CORD risks enjoying massive support from the North Eastern region if it doesn't foster democracy to all its members.

"This acts of favoritism ruins the coalitions support and it won't go anywhere unless there is equal treatment to both its affiliate parties and all its members," said Zirie.

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