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Thursday, January 27, 2022 – Deputy President William Ruto and his newfound friends, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula, suffered a humiliating defeat yesterday after President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga bulldozed their way in Senate by successfully lobbying their senators to pass the controversial Political Parties Amendment Bill 2021.

The bill dubbed the Coalition Bill was passed by the Senate on Wednesday night, where legislators allied to Azimio La Umoja outvoted those allied to the Hustlers Movement.

Pro-handshake senators who voted in favour of the bill were 28 whereas those who opposed the bill were 3. 

Uhuru and Raila’s Senators managed to shoot down all 15 amendments that were proposed to the bill, a majority by allies of the deputy president.

Senators Irungu Kang’áta (Murang’a), Petronila Were (Nominated), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), Enoch Wambua (Kitui), Samson Cheragei (Nandi) and Isaac Mwaura (Nominated) were some of the lawmakers who filed amendments to the bill.

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen termed the bill as “terrible, hopeless and useless” while warning his fellow senators of supporting it.

He argued that the powers awarded to the Registrar of Political Parties were dictatorial and unconstitutional.

In his proposal, Murkomen sought to have the entire clause 22 of the amendment bill deleted.

Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka will now write to his National Assembly counterpart Justin Muturi informing him of their determination after which the bill will be sent to President Kenyatta for assent.

The Kenyan DAILY POST

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