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President Kenyatta taking law-making mandate from MPs, says CORD

24 June 2015, 08:10 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Coalition of Reforms and Democracy (CORD) MPs have accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of interfering with the National Assembly’s constitutional mandate of law-making and vowed to move to court to challenge all laws enacted through his memorandum.

The more than seven MPs led by Minority Leader, Francis Nyenze said the President has been prevailing on House bills forwarded to him for assent by dictating amendments for the MPs to adopt before he signs them into law.

“We have to seek High Court or Supreme Court’s intervention in interpreting the Executive’s role in law-making and nullify all laws the President has had a hand in contrary to the Constitution,” vowed Nyenze.

The MPs warned that the Executive's move to dictate laws for the House contravenes its lawful independence and slowly drifts the country into retrogressive regimes where laws are legislated for the benefit of a few individuals.

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“President Kenyatta is taking the law-making mandate from Members of Parliament. I have been in Parliament since the retired President Moi’s era and didn’t see anywhere the President dictated legislations for the House,” said nominated MP, Oburu Odinga.

Tongaren MP, Eseli Simiyu reiterated that the President’s mandate is to forward reservations in the bills presented to him but not to initiate his own amendments and use tyranny of numbers in the House to unlawfully approve.

“It is time for citizens to wake up because what is happening is not good for this country as laws are passed to serve interests and benefits a few people,” said Simiyu.

Homa Bay MP, Peter Kaluma said the Jubilee Government has failed in the fight against corruption by attempting to disgruntle the anti-corruption institutions and warned that allowing the President to dictate laws for MPs to pass is promoting dictatorship.

“Jubilee has eaten institutions fighting corruption, the latest being attacks on the office of the Auditor General by restricting him from carrying out audit in some government organizations such as National Intelligence Service and office of the President,” said Kaluma.

The MPs raised concerns that it has been a routine for many laws to be passed without quorum in the House due to the absence of legislators from the government’s side who fear to oppose unsatisfactory amendments from the President.

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