WHO IS THE LEADER OF THE GOVERNMENT BUSINESS AND CHAIRPERSON OF THE HOUSE BUSINESS COMMITTEE IN PARLIAMENT, IN THIS SEAT WHICH HAS DEGENERATED IN TUG OF WAR? By Mungai

The shenanigans that affect our political scenes will never cease to exist in our midst, and, will continue to amaze. The political supremacy battles that characterizes and stirs of our turbulent political waters which dogs us, has turned out to be a normal occurrence in our society, country and among our leaders, politicians.

And, it seems as if the Kenyan people are one unlucky lot because our leaders have subjected us to non issues shenanigans instead of addressing the issues that affects the common Mwananchi.

Our political leaders have at all times subjected us and the country to the deadly Russian roulette game, not considering the fact that their actions has always ignited negative repercussions, all in the name of politics. The successive battles, creation of elective moods and staying afloat, relevant in this political tidal wave have always been the hallmark which characterizes our political scenes. This political shenanigan ignites the deadly fire balls of Hatred, Backstabbing and Bickering.

Take the case of the recent Parliamentary political battle which pitied the old political rivals, that’s the Vice president and the Prime minister. The drama started with the state opening of the parliament. The president wrote to the house speaker informing him that he has nominated the vice president to perform the duties of the Leader of Government business in Parliament. The prime minister also wrote to the speaker nominating himself.

This friction caused the political jostling and some businesses seemed like they would ground to a halt.

Over the years, the chair of the Leader of Government business in the house, who is also the chair of House Business Committee has not been a visible seat until it was rekindled by this friction. The chair seat is turning out to be a prestigious, hot seat and a major force to reckon with, which will remain a subject and a matter of contenticity among the political rivals.

The leader of the Government Business in the house, is a person who is nominated by the government to present and lay it’s agenda in the house. As has been a norm over the years this task is mostly performed by the vice president been a norm over the years this task is mostly performed by the vice president.

Under the commonwealth member states Parliamentary Standing orders and provisions, there is a preserved seat for the leader of the Government business in the house, who serves as the link between the executive and the legislature. The leader, who doubles up as the chairman of House Business Committee and the committee members are mandated by the house standing orders to draw, set the agenda and lay by the appropriate bills in the floor of the house. They are the ones who determine what would be discussed and legislated at the floor of the house.

The committee membership is drawn from the members of Parliament, and the representation largely matters according to the strength of the party in Parliament.

According to the traditions of the commonwealth member states, their parliaments are guided by the traditions, standing orders and privileges. And, due to this proviso of this privilege, The President, technicality, is the leader of Government Business in the House and due to his schedule he normally delegates those powers to the Vice president, who performs those duties on his behalf.

But, with the signing of the National Accord and reconciliation act, it contradicted everything in the constitution and some pertinent issues were not addressed fully, thus creating a room for different interpretations according to which side of the coin you are in.

And, it was on this argument that the prime minister and his protagonists have come out blazing arguing that with the signing of the National Accord, the party leader with the majority M.Ps becomes the leader of Government Business by virtue. The P.N.U sides of the coalition have countered this argument, putting their spirited case that the president has delegated those powers to the V.P, in his capacity as the appointing authority.

But, why is it that any matter that props up in the country has to be politicized? And, why is it that we don’t engage in dialogue and consultations at those moments?

And, going by the volatility of the country, which hasn’t yet healed its leaking wounds, dialogue and consultations are the outermost Pillar keys which will always unlock this quagmires. This stalemate almost led to a leadership impasse that paralysed Parliament business and threatened government operations.


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