27 March 2013

Kenya: NARC's Kagwe to Be Senate Leader

AS politicians move to take up various positions in the Senate and National Assembly, challenges are emerging following agreements signed between the various parties ahead of the elections.

TNA and URP will surrender the leader of majority at the Senate position to Narc in accordance with an agreement signed by the three parties.

During the Jubilee launch at Kasarani on it was announced that the presidential candidate was from TNA, the deputy presidential candidate from URP and the leader of majority at the Senate will be from Narc.

Alliance Party of Kenya leader Kiraitu Murungi and senator-elect Kithure Kindiki are campaigning for the position despite the Jubilee alliance agreement.

Ngilu was not elected to the Senate as anticipated by the Jubilee agreement. This means the seat will go to Nyeri county senator-elect and former Minister for Information and Communication Mutahi Kagwe who is the only Narc Senator.

For Cord, the presidential candidate from ODM, the deputy from Wiper and the senate leader was to be Moses Wetangula of Ford Kenya. Wetangula will now become the minority leader in the Senate because Cord won 28 seats compared to Jubilee's 30. Jubilee signed coalition agreements with other parties including APK bringing its number of Senators to 33 out of the possible 67.

"There is really no need for campaigning for those seats as there will be no voting unless its within their respective parties, we will just respect the agreements," a lawyer within the Coalition said.

He also said, "Once a position has been given to a particular party it can only be competed for within that party. For Instance the Speaker's position can be competed for by TNA members, the Senate majority will be competed for by Ford Kenya and NARC. Other alliance partners cannot interfere."

According to another Jubilee agreement TNA will take the Speaker's position while URP will takes the Leader of Majority position. Jubilee has167 MPs but this number went up to 185 yesterday after the coalition signed post-election coalition agreements with New Ford Kenya, APK, Chama Cha Uzalendo, People Democratic Party and Ford People.

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