Parliament to replace Kamama in security committee ‘over Baringo attacks’

Majority Leader in the National Assembly, Aden Duale, has hinted at plans to replace Tiaty Member of Parliament, Asman Kamama, in the powerful Parliamentary Committee on Security.

Speaking to the press in Garissa Town, Duale said that Kamama has already agreed to the proposal.

He said another chairperson will be voted in to chair the committee in order “to remove the perception that is there”.

“We want to change the chair of National Committee on National Security, Asman Kamama, because there are a number of issues that are being raised by the people of Baringo and North Rift,” he said.

“He is one of the most hardworking chairs and a seasoned and high ranking politician and member of the House. We will ask him to chair another very important committee and leave that to another able chair who might not come from the conflict area,” he said.

“As Jubilee we agreed in principle from our leadership that very soon we will present a more reshuffled membership of some of our committees.”

Kamama, who is serving his third term, has been accused by a section of residents and leaders from the troubled North Rift who says he cannot arbitrate the current situation as he is allegedly an interested party.

Duale further supported the President’s move to deploy KDF to the troubled areas to quell the clashes saying it will go a long way in ending clashes ‘once and for all’.

Early this month, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) waded into the Baringo crisis and demanded Kamama to step down.

According to KNCHR Vice Chairperson, George Morara, Kamama – who is also Tiaty Member of Parliament – has been adversely mentioned in the ongoing conflict adding that his position is jeopardizing investigations.

Hundreds of families in Baringo County have since fled following the bandit attacks that are seemingly out of hand.

Interior Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Nkaissery, has since gazetted 19 areas in Baringo South, Baringo North and East Pokot as disturbed and dangerous areas.