KENYA’S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY THREATENS TO DISBAND SENATE FOR OVERSTEPPING MANDATE

NAIROBI– The National Assembly, the lower chamber of the Kenyan parliament, is threatening to disband the Senate, the upper house, for overstepping its mandate by purporting to have powers of oversight of national government agencies.

The legislators criticized the senators for duplicating what committees of the National Assembly are doing while leaving county governments to be looted.

A day after senate’s Public Accounts and Investment Committee grilled Education Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Amina Mohammed over the controversial payment of 1.5 billion shillings (about 14.92 million US dollars) for land for two public schools in Ruaraka, members of the National Assembly took issue with the senators for doing so.

The National Assembly accused the Senate of overstepping its mandate by playing an oversight role on national government agencies and duplicating business concluded by the National Assembly committee.

Minority whip Junet Mohammed threatened to initiate the process of disbanding the Senate claiming Kenyans were getting no value from the upper house. MPs urged National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi to use his powers as the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Service Commission to instill order among senators.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK