Senate moves to new chambers

By Rufus Hunjah

Senators say they will resist any attempts by the National Assembly to frustrate the house from carrying out its legislative duties (FILE)

The Senate now has moved into refurbished chambers within parliament buildings after having conducted business in temporary quarters at the KICC and County Hall for over a year.

Senators used the opportunity to reignite the house supremacy battles with the National Assembly with Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi saying the house must resist attempts of intimidation by the other house.

He said it was unfair for the National Assembly to amend the parliamentary Service act and replace the Senate Clerk as the chief accounting officer.

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen said the National Assembly must involve the Senate in legislation in accordance with the law.

Senators say they will resist any attempts by the National Assembly to frustrate the house from carrying out its legislative duties.

This comes even as Laisamis MP Joseph Lekuton sought a statement regarding the existence of the Office of Majority leader and Minority leader in the Senate and whether it is lawful for the government to extend privileges to these offices arguing that they are a preserve of the National Assembly.

At the same time the administration and national security committee is expected to table a report on the Mpeketoni massacre that led to the deaths of over 60 people.

In response to a statement sought by Lamu MP Shakila Abdalla committee chair Asman Kamama said the committee will investigate and table its findings in a fortnight .

Meanwhile, Lamu governor’s Issa Timamy’s case over alleged involvement in the Mpeketoni killings is set to be mentioned on the 16th of this month.