Jubilee demands share of county assembly posts

Tuesday November 28 2017

Kakamega County Assembly

Kakamega County Assembly Speaker Morris Buluma converses with chief magistrate Susan Shitubi at the county assembly headquarters in Kakamega. Jubilee Party ward representatives want the minority leader position reserved for them. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By BENSON AMADALA ?
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Jubilee Party has petitioned the Registrar of Political Parties to end a controversy on the position of the Leader of Minority at Kakamega County Assembly.

The Jubilee Party has challenged the move by the National Super Alliance (Nasa) to take up both positions of majority and minority leaders.

In a letter to Ms Lucy Ndung’u dated October 5, Jubilee-affiliated Members of County Assembly told the registrar:

“It has come to our attention that Nasa coalition has taken both positions of Majority and Minority, respectively, in the County Assembly of Kakamega.”

WARD REPS
The MCAs asked Ms Ndung’u to give directions to the Speaker of the County Assembly, Mr Morris Buluma, to address the anomaly and ensure the position of Leader of Minority is taken by a member of Jubilee Party.

Jubilee won two ward representative seats in Kakamega County and has proposed that the position goes to Mr Kevin Mahelo of Butali/Chegulo ward.

Ms Ndung’u has written to the Speaker, clarifying the coalition agreements deposited with her office under Section 10 of the Political Parties Act.

CORRESPONDENCE
Contacted, Mr Buluma said he had not seen the letter from the registrar relating to the matter.

He, however, said he had seen a letter circulating on social media on the issue.

“As you are aware, I have been away attending the Kenya Inter-County Sports and Cultural Association and County Assemblies Sport Association meeting,” Mr Buluma said.

“I need to confirm whether the letter is from the Registrar of Political Parties before my communication on the matter.”

OVERSIGHT
He said the confusion could have arisen due to the delay by the registrar to communicate on the coalition agreements deposited with her office.

“Once I’m back to the office on Wednesday and confirm that there is a letter from the Registrar of Political Parties giving directions on the matter, I will certainly act on it,” Mr Buluma said.

The Jubilee Party Kakamega County secretary, Mr Tonny Nabwera, said it was wrong for Mr David Ndakwa of Amani National Congress (ANC) to take up the position reserved for the party with the minority.

“We need an effective minority to check the performance of the majority,” he said.