What Vote means to Big 3
1 months ago, 22 Sep 00:01
Thursday’s acrimonious vote has exposed the soft underbellies of three of the country’s top political leaders -- President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga.
The passage of the vote aside, signs are emerging of emboldened parliamentarians, a waning presidency ahead of retirement, lame-duck official opposition leader and a befuddled Deputy President.
Ideally, the political statement issued by the televised acts of defiance of party position in a matter of popular concern ought to move the trio into political introspection. But with one of them retiring and the election four years away from the other two, they were least trifled.
Yesterday, President Kenyatta signed the Finance Bill into law, met Ruto and Raila and flew away to New York leaving the pair to battle with public impressions that they sold them out.
In a brazen show of defiance to their party bosses, a section of MPs trashed their party positions to pitch for zero VAT on fuel products. It took the stratagem of house leadership led by speaker Justine Muturi and majority leader Aden Duale to force through the Bill.
On Tuesday, President Kenyatta hosted Jubilee MPs at State House and asked them to ensure the Bill was passed. But unknown to him was that the lawmakers were in total disagreement, a fact that played out during the passing of the law on Thursday.
Laikipia Woman Representative Catherine Waruguru (Jubilee) came out as the face of rebellion who not only opposed it on the floor but also vowed to move to court to challenge the legality of the passed Bill.
In a spate of raw anger, the MP who appeared to represent the repressed feelings of colleagues vowed to sponsor a motion of impeachment against Speaker Justin Muturi over the way “he forced the law” on them.
“We are saying we will not be intimidated, we are opposed to the over-taxation. We will not be intimidated,” said Waruguru.
In an almost equal measure, Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang’ (ODM) was the star of the other side, taking on Minority Leader John Mbadi with unmistakable abandon:
“You can do me nothing”.
The flair up by Kajwang to his ODM chair and that by Waruguru to her Jubilee colleagues captured the fusion of the 12th Parliament that could spell a warning shot to Uhuru and Raila.
Notably, as Jubilee met Uhuru at State House, the ODM leader -- who holds sway and wields unmatched clout -- is understood to have marshaled less than 20 MPs on Tuesday from the National Super Alliance (NASA) fraternity to articulate common position on the controversial Finance Bill.
In the poorly attended meeting at Orange House, sources say the Bill proved unpopular, hence Raila could not openly vouch for it before live cameras in the press conference, instead delegating to National Assembly Whip Junet Mohammed and Mbadi.
Junet, Mbadi and their Homa Bay counterpart Gladys Wanga were on the receiving end in Parliament as they were jeered and booed by fellow compatriots ...
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