End parliamentary crisis

Wednesday November 29 2017

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Nearly four months since they were voted into the august Houses of Parliament, the MPs and Senators have yet to fully discharge their responsibilities.

The only time they came close to doing some work was when one side rammed through partisan election legislation.

The business in the two Houses resumed Tuesday to a standoff that has persisted for too long.

With the failure to form committees, the business of making laws to improve the lot of fellow Kenyans will continue to be hampered.

It’s encouraging, however, that the deadlock on the minority leadership in the National Assembly appears to have to have been broken, though there are still some murmurs of dissent.

CLOSE RANKS

The stalemate on committees cannot go on forever.

They must be set up so that the lawmakers can do their job.

It will be recalled that in the past, MPs often easily forgot their affiliations and closed ranks to quickly endorse hefty pay and allowance increases for themselves.
A properly functioning House is the only way to enable the discharge of the core mandate of the MPs and Senators, which is making laws.

Any other duties in their constituencies are secondary.

The stalemate must be broken so that any laws passed have the participation of both the ruling party and the opposition. This is at the core of the multi-party democracy we all cherish.


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