By Eric Beigon
The Powers and Privileges Committee of the National Assembly has lifted the ban imposed on embattled Ugunja MP Opiyo Wadayi over misconduct.
A section of opposition legislators had threatened to disrupt normal business if Wandayi will not be reinstated.
March 31st 2016, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi was forced to throw out Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi for alleged house misconduct.
The MP alongside other opposition lawmakers had whistled the president as he was delivering his state of the nation address, an act which according to Muturi amounted to gross violation of house standing orders.
Effectively, Wandayi was barred from accessing the precincts of parliament and denied parliamentary privileges including sitting allowances at the committee and in the chamber, and foreign and local travels.
But Wandayi would later seek to overturn his suspension at the corridors of justice.
The court would indeed temporarily overturn the suspension pending hearing of the matter, but speaker Justin Muturi would hear none of it.
This decline by Muturi prompted protests by a number of opposition lawmakers who threatened to disrupt house activities until the MP was reinstated.
The National Assembly Speaker had referred the matter to the Powers and Privileges Committee which upon extensive deliberations, decided to lift the ban Tuesday.
After four months out in the cold, Opiyo will now resume normal activities as the representative of Ugunja electorate but perhaps with a painful reminder that national assembly remains the speakers’ dwelling place and as such power to admit or otherwise largely lies with his office.