Muturi survives censure motion
24 March 2015, 19:10
Nairobi - Speaker Justin Muturi has survived a censure motion in parliament over alleged insulting comments to MPs.
The motion, which was put forward by Kibwezi West MP Patrick Musimba seemed doomed from the onset when it went up for debate Tuesday evening, after MPs affiliated to the ruling Jubilee coalition took sides with the speaker and defended his actions and conduct.
Considering they have the bigger numbers in the house it was always going to fail and indeed it did.
Muturi had been accused by Musembi of insulting MPs and referring to them in derogatory fashion on several occasions.
However, after the debate started, it quickly turned into an opposition versus government fight and in the end lacked any conviction to censure Muturi.
Nyaribari Masaba MP Elijah Mosomi said," I would like to oppose this motion. I thank Muturi for the job well done and feel that the motion is lacking, he said in defence of the speaker.
" Muturi has been a magistrate and is a qualified lawyer. Musimba should get to know him," Tharaka Nithi MP Beatrice Nyaga said in defence of Muturi.
On his part, Lagdera MP Mohammed Shidiye termed the motion a waste of time and resources.
" I expected Dr Musimba to bring a motion that would help his people, and not this one," he said.
On their part, MPs allied to the CORD coalition said that Muturi was out of order and should be censured in-order to reduce the amount of insult he levels towards MPs.
Suna East MP Mohammed Junet said that unless something was done, the house would be seen to be condoning bad behaviour.
" It's high time members of parliament thought of what is happening in the House. It has to be dealt with," he said.
" This House has turned into Sodoma and Gomorrah. It's shame to introduce yourself as a member of parliament," he added.
The Censure motion would not have kicked Muturi out of his job but if it passed, would have opened the door for that possibility.
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