19 May 2013

Kenyan Ruling Party to Run Key Parliamentary Committees

Kenya's ruling Jubilee coalition took control of two key parliamentary committees Friday (May 17th), with Majority Coalition Leader Aden Duale saying they expect to assume control of other committees when the remaining 22 committee chairs are elected next week, Kenya's Capital FM reported.

Moses Lessonet of the United Republican Party (URP) was elected chair of the Constituencies Development Fund, with Esther Gathogo of The National Alliance party as vice-chair. Mutava Musyimi was elected chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee and URP's Mary Emase was elected vice-chair.

Minority Coalition Leader Francis Nyenze dismissed claims that Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) lawmakers had lost hope in contesting committee seats, and said they were negotiating "to at least be allowed to chair some committees".

"We are trying to do some negotiations with the majority leader so that we not only get to chair PIC (Public Investments Committee) and PAC (Public Accounts Committee), but also get to chair this leadership positions," Nyenze said. "It is a matter of give and take."

Duale had a different take on "negotiations" with the opposition. "The position of Jubilee as we have started this morning is that the chairs and vice-chairs of all the other committees ... we have decided will come from Jubilee Coalition," he said.

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