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The unending leadership wrangles in Kitui County Assembly

Wiper Democratic Movement party is embroiled in leadership wrangles at the Kitui County Assembly. The  Kalonzo Musyoka -led party appeared to be determined to convince Speaker Kevin Kinengo Katisya to communicate  new leaders in the majority leader  and chief whip positions respectively. 
Kitui County Assembly Speaker Kevin Kinengo Katisya. 

This is after majority of the members in the party voted to remove Migwani MCA Harrison Mawia Maluki as majority leader and ejected his Kanyangi counterpart Boniface Mukwate Katula as the Majority Chief Whip. They were replaced with Kyuso and Kitui Township ward MCAs respectively. The duo are Munyoki Mwinzi and Daniel Kimanzi Ngoima.

The changes were communicated by Mr. Ngoima a fortnight ago. 
Last week during  a special sitting gazetted to table Supplementary budget and the County Annual Development Plan  attempts by the new leaders to occupy seats made for the leadership on the majority side of the Assembly chamber were thwarted by Speaker Kinengo after he ejected the two leaders for ostensibly violating his directives.

Tuesday as the house reconvened from a short break, tensions were high in the Assembly. Early morning a contingency anti riot police were deployed in the Assembly precincts to disperse a group of youth who had staged a demo at the entrance. 
But in the afternoon sitting Speaker Kinengo called a section of MCAs in what he termed as a continuous disrespect to his office. This after the Kyuso MCA occupied the seat reserved for the majority leader. 

In a report MWINGI TIMES has reviewed, the young assembly boss remained firm and stern as he told Kyuso Ward representative that " I will act professionally and look into the law".

Speaker Katisya told off Kyuso MCA Munyoki Mwinzi that he will not allow what he termed as cat and mouse games. He ordered MCAs to respect his office and follow orders he issues. "My rulings must be respected", he said. Katisya informed Kitui MCAs that sergeants will maintain order in the house and that they must be seated before he enters the chamber. He was responding to MCA Mwinzi while he ordered him to vacate the Majority Leader seat. 

The Speaker said that MCAs were supposed to follow party constitution, Standing Orders and the Constitution of Kenya 2010 in their conduct.

Later in a response letter addressed to Mr. Ngoima the assembly boss maintained the letter the former had addressed the latter on the party changes as null and void. "The sitting circumstances renders your communication void", wrote Speaker Kevin Kinengo  in a letter to Kitui Township MCA Daniel Kimanzi Ngoima on September 26.


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