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Mudavadi asks Parliament to set up arbitration chamber to solve its problems

17 November 2014, 09:38 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Amani Coalition leader, Musalia Mudavadi has asked the National Assembly to create an arbitration chamber to solve their issues instead of going to the Law Courts.

Mudavadi said that whereas the constitution provides for this option, Parliament has failed to exploit it fully and instead opts to take their rows to the courts which is not a good show.

“The constitution clearly spells out functions between the two factions. The rows between the two should be dealt with by an inside team as we do not want them to affect the steady growth of devolution in the country,” Mudavadi said.

He spoke at the Vihiga County headquarters when he paid Governor Moses Akaranga a courtesy call for the first time since he took over the region’s leadership, last week.

Senators have in the past registered their frustrations in undertaking their legislative work and faulted National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, Attorney General Githu Muigai, and the Executive for sidelining the Senate and denying it its constitutional role to consider bills touching on counties.

The rift deepened further after the Mining Bill, 2014 that was sent for the presidential assent without Senate’s input, with  senators opting to seek the Supreme Court’s intervention.

Mudavadi however noted that if the senators and the members of the parliament work together in crafting out an arbitration chamber, there will be no controversies over usurping each other’s roles.

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“The National Assembly should ensure that all the Bills in the House especially those touching on devolved units of government must be shared with the Senate as enshrined in the constitution,” he said.

The former deputy premier said mediation is needed between the Senate and National Assembly before the situation gets out of hand saying going to the court would lead to an impasse.

Akaranga said that he had benefited from Mudavadi’s support in the region in steering ahead the County’s agenda.

“There has been co-existence between the leaders of this region and that is why our County is moving ahead,” said Akaranga.

Mudavadi, who met various governors from the region separately, said that it was time that leaders realised that time is not on their side and gave out their best to the electorates by working cordially.

“It is important that we show solidarity as leaders of this region and help the devolved units as they put legislation and systems in place for the benefit of the people,” he said.

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