Wetangula & Kingi Issue Way Forward on Creating Leader of Opposition Post


Wetangula & Kingi Issue Way Forward on Creating Leader of Opposition Post

On Tuesday, March 5, National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula and his Senate counterpart Amason Kingi approved the creation of the Office of the Leader of the Opposition.

Speaker Amason Kingi made the announcement, indicating that the two leaders had agreed to the National Dialogue Committee’s (NADCO) proposal to establish such a post.

As a result, the National Assembly’s Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs (JLAC) was tasked with reviewing the Bill before it was debated by the entire House.


“At the meetings held on February 27 and February 29, the Speakers of the houses of Parliament and the Leadership of both the Senate and the National Assembly deliberated on modalities for implementation of the recommendations contained in the NADCO report,” Kingi told the Senate.

According to Kingi, the NADCO committee proposed eight bills that required constitutional amendments.

The Parliament leadership agreed that JLAC would discuss four of the bills, while the Senate’s Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs and Human Rights would discuss the remaining bills.

In addition to the Leader of Opposition Bill, 2024, JLAC will discuss the EACC (Amendment) Bill, 2024.

Other bills proposed by NADCO that will be debated in the National Assembly include the IEBC (Amendment) Bill, 2024, and the National Government Coordination (Amendment) Bill, 2024.

On the other hand, the Senate will discuss the Elections Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2024, the Election (Amendment) Bill, 2024, the Statutory Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2024, and the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill.

“Article 256 of the Constitution requires that any proposed amendments to the Constitution shall be considered by both houses of Parliament and therefore the proposed amendments now stand referred to the Committee on JLAC,” Kingi stated.

Kingi stated that the Bills were of the utmost importance and public interest, and that the Committees should expedite the process by submitting a report within 45 days.

Kingi and Wetangula issued the instructions at the same time that Azimio la Umoja warned Kenya Kwanza against tampering with the NADCO proposals.

“We retain the view that the report must be implemented as is. It is also our position that the processing of the NADCO report and the bills should be fast-tracked,” Azimio stated.

Once adopted, Azimio will have the opportunity to nominate one of its principals as Leader of the Opposition.

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Wetangula & Kingi Issue Way Forward on Creating Leader of Opposition Post



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