- The three parties in the opposition have asked Wiper Party to make a decision on remaining in the opposition coalition.
- ANC Secretary General accused Wiper of rocking the coalition boat from within’.
Following the recent drama surrounding parties forming NASA coalition, now the three parties in the opposition have asked Wiper Party to make a decision on remaining in the opposition coalition. This comes barely a day after Kalonzo terming the Odinga inauguration as illegal.
According to the statement from 18 lawmakers drawn from the Orange Democratic Movement, Amani National Congress and Ford Kenya came after Wiper wrote to the Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi seeking the replacement of Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga in the Parliamentary Service Commission saying that Wiper party also deserved a slot in the PSC which now wants Ms Wanga to be replaced by Borabu MP Benson Momanyi.
Addressing journalists at Parliament buildings Tuesday, the ANC Secretary General Godfrey Osotsi accused Wiper ‘of rocking the coalition boat from within’. “Wiper should state categorically if it walked out of Nasa without our knowledge. We also urge the Speaker not to act on any letter but instead refer the matter to the relevant structures of Nasa,” he said.
Additionally Osotsi said that Wiper was allocated the deputy minority leader in the National Assembly and minority whip in the Senate and should be satisfied with the slots. Similarly the Wajir West MP Ahmed Kolosh said writing directly to the Speaker instead of going through the coalition channels went against the spirit of the alliance. “Wiper cannot be in Nasa when it is convenient. We want to remind Wiper that 2017 was just days ago while 2022 is not far. Wiper should withdraw the letter immediately and be satisfied with what it has,” Mr Kolosh said.
Consequently Uriri MP Mark Nyamita accused Wiper of causing unnecessary drama within the coalition. “The only thing we expect from Wiper is when Kalonzo Musyoka will be sworn in as the people’s deputy president. Nothing else,” Mr Nyamita said.
However coming to the party’s defence, Kathiani MP and the party’s Organizing Secretary Robert Mbui said the party has not breached any coalition contract by drafting the letter to the speaker. “In the last Parliament, Wiper had a slot in the PSC which was occupied by Mr David Musila. We still believe the position belongs to us,” Mr Mbui said.
“There has never been any meeting in NASA to discuss slots in PSC. Does it make sense for Wiper to only have one slot in the National Assembly and none in the PSC while ODM has the minority leader position and two slots in the commission?”
Meanwhile the Kisii Woman Representative Janet Ongera asked Wiper to respect the coalition agreement and channel its complaints through the Nasa parliamentary commission.