Murang’a senator Irungu Kang’ata is an open Jubilee rebel and has never made a secret of it. He has always been a sympathiser of the DP, and although for the brief period he served as Senate Chief Whip he seemed to go slow on this, he has since come back in full swing.
Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua, on the other hand, is considered a party loyalist and wiper stalwart. He is a close Kalonzo ally, and since Kalonzo’s stand has been unequivocal support for the BBI Bill, it was expected that all Wiper party members would be of the same view.
However, whether inadvertently or intentionally, Irungu Kang’ata, on Thursday blurted out what was supposed to be a secret and ended up forcing the Kitui Senator to come out openly the following day.
The incident occurred during KTN’s political show Crossfire which was hosted by Sophie Wanuna. Kang’ata was appearing alongside Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja and ODM Chairman John Mbadi.
He said that because of his opposition to the BBI Bill, he had in fact already written to the Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, asking him to allow them amend the Bill.
He then said that Senator Wambua had also done the same. This caught many unawares, including the Senator himself.
It forced the legislator to come out yesterday and say that Parliament cannot be gagged when it comes to a constitutional amendment.
“We can’t declare sections of the Bill unconstitutional and still go ahead to pass on the same unconstitutionality to the people. Why did they elect us?” he posed.
”The role of IEBC which is a constitutional body can’t be usurped by a taskforce. Parliament must protect our constitutional institutions to entrench democracy,” Wambua said.
“Counties will lose their annual allocations once passed. It is in contravention of Article 217 of the Constitution,” reads the letter.
In addition, Wambua wants proposed amendments to Article 245 and 246 on the public service commission and the office of the inspector general of police.
The Articles give the IG powers to promote, demote and transfer police officers.
“The roles assigned to the Inspector General of Police in the proposed amendments usurp roles of the National Police Commission,” the letter says.