On Thursday, November 10, several Jubilee Party members of parliament threatened to leave the Azimio alliance, alleging disrespect from the Orange Democratic Party as the reason.
The lawmakers, headed by Nominated MP Sabina Chege, claimed that Jubilee was unfairly awarded fewer seats on the Parliamentary Service Commission.
Specifically, she objected to the removal of Senator Fatuma Dullo of Jubilee from Isiolo and her replacement by Senator Okong’o Omogeni of ODM in Nyamira, both of whom were nominated to serve on the Parliamentary Service Commission at the last minute.
Chege claims that Azimio la Umoja was awarded three positions on the influential panel. She said the three seats will be divided among the three largest coalition parties: the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), the Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM), and the Jubilee Party.
Legislator Patrick Makau of Mavoko was nominated to represent Wiper, while Member of Parliament Mishi Mboko of Likoni was chosen to represent ODM.
Former Murang’a Woman Representative claims the remaining one was set aside for the Jubilee Party.
Adan Keynan, an MP for Eldas who was also running for a commission position, said that despite ODM’s status as the largest party in Azimio, it had shown disregard for Jubilee.
This is not a favor; as the second largest party in Azimio, it is ours by right. Keynan made it clear that they would not serve as “flower boys” or “flower girls” for anybody.
In particular, former MP for the Jubilee Party from Sirisia, John Waluke, was at one point proposed as a candidate for the PSC despite his present position in prison.
However, ODM substituted another candidate’s name for Waluke’s on the list sent to the two chambers of parliament. After some rethinking, Dullo’s name was proposed by the faction’s leaders.
The alliance unanimously agreed that the signatories to the Azimio Coalition should hold an emergency meeting as soon as possible.