Luhya MPs caution against plan to impeach Speaker Wetang'ula


National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula chats with Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa during funds drive of Luandeti DEB Secondary School in Lugari on June 10, 2023. [Benjamin Sakwa, Standard]

 Luhya MPs have vowed to protect National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang'ula from a looming impeachment motion fronted by the Azimio coalition.

Drawn from both UDA and Azimio political divide, the MPs said they would not fold their hands and see Wetangula humiliated.

They spoke on Sunday at Luandeti DEB Secondary School during a fund drive where the Speaker was guest of honour.

Those who got a chance to speak said, “We shall not allow our top ranking son to be intimidated in our eyes.”

The impeachment calls made earlier this week came after Wetang'ula declined to accept the proposal by Azimio to remove Nominated MP Sabina Chege as their Deputy Minority Whip.

The MPs, mostly from the Azimio coalition, cautioned their colleagues against moving the motion saying they won't support it.

We could be in ODM, DAP-K and Jubilee, but we will unite with those in Kenya Kwanza on the proposed impeachment motion against our brother Wetang'ula

                              Bumula MP Jack Wamboka

The about 20 MPs, including Emmanuel Wangwe of Navakholo, Innocent Mugabe (Likuyani), Elsie Muhanda (Kakamega Woman MP), Oscar Nabulindo (Matungu), Joseph Oyula (Butula), Martin Wanyonyi (Webuye East) and Dickson Maungu (Luanda) among others said the motion was geared on ‘degrading the Mulembe kingpin and Nation’.

MPs John Waluke (MP Sirisia, Jubilee), John Chikati (Tongaren, Ford Kenya), Ben Shinali (Ikolomani, ODM) and Nabii Nabwera (Lugari, ODM), who hosted them in his constituency characterised Wetangula as a level headed leader who did not deserve unnecessary censure motions.

"Every region respect their kingpins, why would anyone want us to vote against our own?" posed Nabwera.

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Vihiga Senator Godfrey Osotsi, however, hinted that the Speaker could have exhibited biases in the course if his work challenging him to emulate former Speaker Kenneth Marende's style of leadership, which saw him lead a divisive house in a ‘Solomonic’ fashion.

"We know you want a bigger seat than the Speaker's but you have to show your worth by being impartial, especially during the debate of the divisive Finance Bill, 2023. That way, majority MPs will fully support you," he said.

Waluke rebutted the onslaught against Wetang'ula, saying he (Wetang'ula) was overwhelmingly voted by MPs from across the political divide and that he had so far shown maturity.

His sentiments were echoed by Wetang'ula who said he was a son of the soil and now that fate had set him to sit closer to power he ought to get home support in line with strengthening his bargaining power in government and in favour of the Mulembe Nation.

He at the same time promised to be impartial in every debate in parliament as he was a mere referee and promised to be walking with western Kenya MPs as he aimed at fulfilling the evasive Mulembe Nation.

"I would be in the western at the invitation of any of our MPs as we build the evasive bond. Pray for me so that I may rise to the top seat," he said.

Roots party leader George Wajackoyah, Kakamega governor Fernandes Barasa and his deputy Ayub Savula called for sobriety as the country debated the controversial Bill asking Wetang'ula to advise President William Ruto to whip his MPs to revise it so that it resonates with the wishes of the people.

Health CS Susan Nakhumicha in her sentiments defended the government saying the Bill was in order as it would lower the cost of medication if passed in its element.