By Alex Kinyua
The national assembly will this afternoon deliberate on the censure motion tabled by Kibwezi West Member of Parliament Patrick Musimba against the House Speaker Justin Muturi accusing him of failing to protect the dignity, integrity and honor of the House by using discourteous language against members. The session will be presided over by Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso or any other member of the speaker’s panel since the Speaker is not allowed into the house during the session.
The censure motion reads in part, “Noting with concern that the Speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Justin Bedan Muturi, has and continues to degrade the character and the ability of the honorable members of this August House through making of contemptuous, malicious and unfounded allegations against them, aware that the said allegations have eroded the collective dignity, esteem and honor of members of Parliament in and out of the House, this House expresses its displeasure and disappointment in the conduct of the Speaker and censures him,”.
Muturi ruled that the motion be debated today during the afternoon session, and will be the only motion appearing on the order paper. “I direct that in keeping with practice, this motion will be the only business to be transacted by the House for a period of not less than three hours on Tuesday 24th of March 2015,” ruled Muturi.
The House Speaker was of the view that the motion be debated last week, but according to the Standing Orders, a motion putting the conduct of a Speaker to question can only be debated three days after it is tabled in the floor of the house.
“Were it not for the fact that our Standing Orders demand that the mover be permitted time, I personally would be comfortable to have the motion debated today,” noted Muturi.
Tiaty Member of Parliament Asman Kamama had also asked the House to immediately debate the motion after it was tabled so as to pave for other business but this would have contravened the standing orders.
The motion will be debated this afternoon and the fate of the Speaker should be known thereafter. In the run-up to the debate, Leader of the Majority Aden Duale has sought to have the motion dismissed and called on his Jubilee party colleagues to have it thrown out. Speaking on Saturday in Garissa town, he said those pushing for the motion only wanted to distract the nation from investigations by the Powers and Privileges Committee into corruption by leaders.