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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Speaker Muturi faces censure motion Today

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – The National Assembly will Tuesday afternoon debate the censure motion against Speaker Justin Muturi.
During the sitting, Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso or Kuresoi MP Moses Cheboi will preside over the session as the Speaker follows the proceedings, most likely from his office.
The censure motion was moved by Kibwezi West Member of Parliament Patrick Mweu Musimba who is accusing Muturi of failing to protect the dignity, integrity and honour of the House by using discourteous language against members.
“Noting with concern that the Speaker of the National Assembly Hon Justin Bedan Muturi, has and continues to degrade the character and the ability of the honourable members of this August House through making of contemptuous, malicious and unfounded allegations against them, aware that the said allegations have eroded the collective dignity, esteem and honour of members of Parliament in and out of the House, this House expresses its displeasure and disappointment in the conduct of the Speaker and censures him,” reads part of the motion.
Muturi had last week ruled that the only business appearing on the Order Paper on Tuesday would be the censure motion.
“I direct that in keeping with practice, this motion will be the only business to be transacted by the House for a period of not less than three hours on Tuesday 24th of March 2015,” ruled Muturi.
According to the Standing Orders, a motion putting the conduct of a Speaker to question can only be debated three days after it is tabled.
“Were it not for the fact that our Standing Orders demand that the mover be permitted time, I personally would be comfortable to have the motion debated today,” said Muturi last week.
Tiaty Member of Parliament Asman Kamama had wanted the House to immediately debate the motion after it was tabled to pave for other business but this would have contradicted the Standing Orders.