Parliament will not be dissolved, says ODM chief
18 August 2015, 15:01
Nairobi - Parliament will not be dissolved over a constitutional crisis that is looming over the lack of enactment of several bills, Orange Democratic Movement ODM chairman John Mbadi says.
The country is facing a constitutional crisis after ODM expressed its intention to reject the
proposed extension of enactment of constitutional Bills whose deadline
is set for August 27.
ODM has said that it will not agree to an extension of the deadline as the Jubilee government had intentionally slowed the process down.
He said that with parliament needing a 2/3 majority which means ODM MPs will be required to help the government, that it would not agree to the process.
" The constitution is clear on the matter. If the deadline is not met,
then anyone can go to court, the court will set a date which if not
achieved, then the Chief Justice can advice the President on the
dissolution of Parliament," he said.
The government is proposing an extension of one year for nine constitutional Bills whose deadline is just 10 days away.
Majority leader Aden Duale says that it is crucial that the bills be passed to avert the crisis.
" We will seek an extension. It is vital that we do to avoid a crisis," he said.
ODM says that the fact the Jubilee arm of government did not consult them
over the proposed extension, means that the government of deliberately
delaying passage of the Bills.
Mbadi insists that there will be no regrets over the snub.
" There are no regrets. They will just go to court and deal with it from there," he stated.
The constitution states that if the bills are not enacted, Parliament would face disillusion, something the government is keen to avoid.
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