TUESDAY DECEMBER 20 2016                                                          DAILY NATION

Cord MPs block the entrance to the Chambers of

Cord MPs block the entrance to the Chambers of the National Assembly on December 20, 2016. PHOTO | PATRICK LANG’AT | NATION MEDIA GROUP.

In Summary

  • The MPs blocked Mr Muturi from accessing the chambers, saying the special 9.30am sitting was illegal since their House leadership had not been consulted.
  • They vowed to stay put until Mr Muturi consults their leaders in the House dominated by the ruling Jubilee Alliance.
  • The House was expected to debate the laws and regulations that will guide the 2017 General Election.

Cord lawmakers have paralysed business at the National Assembly to protest a special sitting called by Speaker Muturi.

The MPs blocked Mr Muturi from accessing the chambers, saying the 9.30am sitting was illegal since their House leadership had not been consulted.

They vowed to stay put until Mr Muturi consults their leaders in the House dominated by the ruling Jubilee Alliance.

LAW CHANGED

The House was expected to debate the laws and regulations that will guide the 2017 General Election.

“The gazetted time for this sitting was 9.30. Its way past that time, Kisumu West MP Olago Aluoch, Ford-Kenya, said.

“We will not allow Jubilee to sneak in the Mace (the House’s symbol of authority). The only sitting that can now be properly constituted is the one at 2.30.”

Jubilee and Cord are fighting over proposed amendments to the Elections (Amended) Act and other elections regulations.

While Jubilee Alliance wants the law changed to be in line with “reality”, Cord wants it to remain in its current form and accuses the Uhuru Kenyatta-alliance of harbouring a sinister motive.

MPS’ BLOCKADE

The laws were agreed upon by a team of parliamentarians from both coalitions as part of election reforms ahead of the polls.

The MPs’ blockade forced Mr Muturi to retreat and was said to be holding a meeting with the House leadership on the row.

Majority Leader Aden Duale also held a closed-door meeting with the Jubilee-allied MPs at the Parliament Buildings dining room.

There was a heavy police presence at Parliament Buildings, with officers blocking cars from passing through Parliament Road.

MPs and journalists forced to walk to the House as members of the public were locked ou

Cord MPs block the entrance to the Chambers of the National Assembly on December 20, 2016. PHOTO | PATRICK LANG’AT | NATION MEDIA GROUP.

In Summary

  • The MPs blocked Mr Muturi from accessing the chambers, saying the special 9.30am sitting was illegal since their House leadership had not been consulted.
  • They vowed to stay put until Mr Muturi consults their leaders in the House dominated by the ruling Jubilee Alliance.
  • The House was expected to debate the laws and regulations that will guide the 2017 General Election.

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Cord lawmakers have paralysed business at the National Assembly to protest a special sitting called by Speaker Muturi.

The MPs blocked Mr Muturi from accessing the chambers, saying the 9.30am sitting was illegal since their House leadership had not been consulted.

They vowed to stay put until Mr Muturi consults their leaders in the House dominated by the ruling Jubilee Alliance.

LAW CHANGED

The House was expected to debate the laws and regulations that will guide the 2017 General Election.

“The gazetted time for this sitting was 9.30. Its way past that time, Kisumu West MP Olago Aluoch, Ford-Kenya, said.

“We will not allow Jubilee to sneak in the Mace (the House’s symbol of authority). The only sitting that can now be properly constituted is the one at 2.30.”

Jubilee and Cord are fighting over proposed amendments to the Elections (Amended) Act and other elections regulations.

While Jubilee Alliance wants the law changed to be in line with “reality”, Cord wants it to remain in its current form and accuses the Uhuru Kenyatta-alliance of harbouring a sinister motive.

MPS’ BLOCKADE

The laws were agreed upon by a team of parliamentarians from both coalitions as part of election reforms ahead of the polls.

The MPs’ blockade forced Mr Muturi to retreat and was said to be holding a meeting with the House leadership on the row.

Majority Leader Aden Duale also held a closed-door meeting with the Jubilee-allied MPs at the Parliament Buildings dining room.

There was a heavy police presence at Parliament Buildings, with officers blocking cars from passing through Parliament Road.

MPs and journalists forced to walk to the House as members of the public were locked ou

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