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Raila bullies Ruto in parliament to pass Political Parties Amendment Bill

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Leader Raila Odinga and his handshake partner President Uhuru Kenyatta won big in the Political Parties Amendment Bill of 2021 as Members of the National Assembly managed to defeat all the amendments fronted by their opponents from Deputy President William Ruto’s camp.

The only one amendment by Tigania West MP John Mutunga who is loyal to Ruto which had passed was defeated at the last minute after it was recommitted.

Mutunga proposed an amendment to clause 3 of the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill, 2021 for political parties to have a dominant colour.

At the third reading stage where the final vote of the bill is undertaken, the MPs voted to pass the bill paving way for it to be forwarded to the Senate.

Despite the acrimony and filibustering witnessed in the debate, Majority Leader in the National Assembly Amos Kimunya who is the sponsor of the bill thanked the MPs for turning up in numbers to debate the bill at a time when they were intended to be on holiday.

Kimunya defended the bill despite claims it had failed on the threshold of public participation as envisaged by the constitution.

“I know there has been talk on public participation but I want to thank the stakeholders for engaging in public participation and discussion since 2017 and the people who participated in the development of the bill. I really want to thank them,” said Kimunya.

Minority Whip Junet Mohammed tore into the Tanga Tanga wing scoffing at their attempts to amend the Political Parties Amendment Bill of 2021.

“I want to thank MPs who supported the bill, I can’t thank lawmakers who come here to fight us. In every competition, there are winners and losers and as Azimio we have won and have the bragging rights. We have defeated the Tanga Tanga, they are bruised,” said Mohammed.

With all the amendments by the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) having been defeated they still carried a brave face insisting that the special sitting had revealed they were the largest conglomerate of parties.

“We have shown them that the largest political caucus with 137 MPs was none other than UDA  led by the chief hustler by the Deputy President, and those who don’t subscribe to that can look for the nearest transformer and hang himself,” said Garissa Township MP Aden Duale.

Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo poked holes in the claims by DP Ruto’s camp that they have numbers terming it a fantasy.

“They talk about numbers every time but when we come here we have just realized that the numbers are those of telephone numbers, when it has come to where the rubber meets the road, they are all telephone numbers,” said Mabona.

The Suba North legislator further urged the court not to take sides should the Ruto side file suits on the passage and constitutionality of the Political Parties Amendment Bill of 2021.

“We want to tell the court not to be aligned to any political divide because UDA cannot purport to say when we defeat them in numbers on issues which are not constitutional they want to tell us they are going to court. Why?” She posed.

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