Senator Olekina faults opposers of Political Parties Bill, says chaos in parliament misguided Kenyans
Narok Senator Ledama Olekina now says that the National Assembly misguided Kenyans following the chaotic debates over the Political Parties Amendment Bill in December 2021.
The Bill sponsored by Majority Leader of the National Assembly Amos Kimunya was marred by chaos, name-calling, and violence, forcing Christopher Omulele, the day's speaker, to call a 15-minute recess.
The Senator, speaking on Citizen TVs Daybreak Show, stated that the lawmakers should have opted to discuss the Bill in a more civilized manner and be sensitive to not deliver the wrong perception to Kenyans.
"If the members of the National Assembly were honest to Kenyans when they were debating, instead of them throwing blows at each other, instead of them insulting each other and reducing the national assembly... If they would have taken their time to demystify and explain what this amendment means then convince each other to vote we would have had a much more mature debate and everyone would be wanting to join in," said Olekina.
"...But because of the trajectory that they took...the root they took...everyone thinks that this thing should not be passed."
Olekina similarly stated that upon its presentation in the Senate for consideration, they will be rigorous and transparent to Kenyans and be keen to spell out its entails to restitute its perceptions.
"We will try in the senate to demystify clause by clause and tell Kenyans this is why we support or oppose this Bill," he stated.
The contentious legislation was however on January 5th 2022 handed a green light after a protracted session characterized by open display of differences between MPs in favor and those opposed to the Bill.
Lawmakers allied to Deputy President William Ruto had filed new multiple amendments in their wider scheme to derail the passage of the Bill.
The Kimunya-sponsored Bill defines political parties as an association of citizens with an unidentifiable ideology or program that is constituted for the purposes of influencing public policy or nominating candidates to conduct elections.
The Bill seeks to allow candidates to run on either coalition party tickets or individual parties, among other provisions.