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Fireworks expected in Parliament over media Bill, report on Charity Ngilu and NCPB

By Geoffrey Mosoku
Updated Monday, November 4th 2013 at 00:00 GMT +3
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Majority Leader Aden Duale. (Photo:Standard)

By Geoffrey Mosoku

Nairobi, Kenya: Controversial debates, including another contentious media Bill and a report on the conduct of Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu are expected to spark off fireworks in the House Tuesday.

Another hot issue that has divided the House is a report censuring an MP and top officials over a questionable contract that nearly led to the auctioning of the national grain stores.

Tuesday, the House opens debate on a motion for the adoption of the report by joint committees on the recent irregular appointments in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development tabled last Thursday.

Ngilu censure

Ruling Jubilee coalition leaders are today expected to hold talks prior to discussions in the House on the report seeking to censure Ngilu.

Political intrigues surrounding the issue boiled over when Ngilu alleged betrayal by top leaders in the Jubilee administration, whom she claims wants her kicked out of the docket.

Sunday, Majority Leader Aden Duale said the Jubilee position will be known Monday after wide consultations within government on the report touching on Ngilu.

“As Jubilee we will make our position known tomorrow (Monday) after consulting since now the motion will be moved on Tuesday,” Duale told The Standard Sunday. 

Against the backdrop of spiraling insecurity, the House will debate amendments to the National Police Service Commission Act that the opposition CORD has protested are designed to install a powerful police chief.

Lobby groups have also warned changes envisaged under the National Police Service Commission (Amendment) Bill include a significant reduction in the operational independence of the police.

In a petition to Parliament, petitioners protested the Bill proposed to bar the Commission from the appointment process of Inspector General of Police and take away its mandate to recruit, appoint, transfer and promote members of the police service.

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