Speaker’s Panel is not partisan, declares Muturi

Philip Yegon and Walter Cheruiyot

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has defended the  Speaker’s Panel against accusations from some Opposition leaders that they were leaning towards Jubilee side during deliberations. He said the panel discharges its duties without fear or favour.

Speaking in Konoin constituency on Saturday, he said all members of the National Assembly were equal in the House irrespective of their political inclinations saying that it was wrong for some Opposition leaders to paint the Speaker’s team in bad light to advance their political interests.

“It is very unfortunate for some Opposition leaders to say we favour one side in the House. We serve MPs equally without fear or favour. I want to make it clear here that no lawmaker is superior to the other. We debate matters of national importance in the august House,”  he said.

He challenged the Opposition MPs to channel their grievances through Parliament.

“MPs do not vote blindly in Parliament but after critically interrogating issues and bills and their benefits to Kenyans so this thing of “tyranny of numbers” is neither here nor there. I want to challenge the Colaition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) leaders to tell us something else,” he said.

He was accompanied by his deputy Joyce Laboso, Bomet Senator Wilfred Lesan and MPs Sammy Koech (Konoin), Leonard Sang (Bureti) and Ronald Tonui (Bomet Central).

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