MP on the spot over ‘mischievous Bills’

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An MP was Sunday criticised for coming up with controversial legislation, without seeking consensus from fellow lawmakers.

Lawmakers claimed Eldas MP Adan Keynan (ODM) is portraying Parliament as an institution that does not respect the Constitution.

Senators Boni Khalwale (Kakamega, UDF), Mutula Kilonzo Jnr (Makueni, Wiper) and Mong’are Bw’okong’o (Nyamira, Ford-K) separately expressed dismay that the government is using some lawmakers to push for discriminative legislation.

They faulted the lawmaker for accepting to be used as a conveyor belt to push for pieces of legislation that are unconstitutional in the guise that amendments would be made on the floor of the House.

They cited the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Bill that sought to protect Parliament from public scrutiny and his recent Parliamentary Service Bill, which is before the National Assembly, as some of his “mischievous” works.

The MPs later voted to remove clauses in the Bill that threatened media freedom following protests from journalists and the public.

The senators said the Parliamentary Service Bill tabled in the National Assembly last week is meant to serve short term ulterior motives.

The leaders said provisions in the Bill that seek to provide diplomatic passports for lawmakers’ spouses are meant to lure MPs to pass it without noticing the main clauses that informed drafting of the Bill.

The National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said Mr Keynan failed to consult.

“In future, nobody should purport to bring goodies to MPs before subjecting the issues to a Kamukunji for a vote,” said Mr Duale.

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