Nyali MP Mohamed Ali. Photo/Facebook
Suba South Member of Parliament (MP) John Mbadi and his Suba North counterpart Millie Odhiambo on Thursday afternoon took to the floor of the National Assembly to give Mohammed Ali, Nyali MP a dress down.
Rising on a point of order, Mbadi set the ball rolling by stating that Ali, a former investigative journalist must be made to understand that he has no powers to bring the office of the Speaker to disrepute.
On Tuesday this week, National Assembly Speaker Justine Bedan Muturi threw out Ali’s motion which sought to impeach the Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Transport James Macharia, saying that the motion was not accompanied with the relevant evidence.
That is when Ali called a press conference and claimed that he provided the relevant evidence, but he suspected that the Speaker colluded with cartels to pluck out the evidence.
And that is what caused Mbadi and fellow MPs to breathe fire aimed at Ali, a first term MP. Mbadi said that the Speaker correctly cited standing orders 64 and 66 while throwing out the motion.
Suba South MP John Mbadi. Photo/Courtesy
Mbadi read out standing order 64 (1) (C) which states, “An impeachment motion shall be accompanied by necessary evidence, including annexures or sworn testimonies in respect of the allegations.”
John Mbadi wanted the MP named, which is ordinarily naming and shaming him in Parliament, going ahead to name Jicho Pevu, Ali’s popular investigative program at the Kenya Television Network (KTN), back in the days.
“Mr. Speaker this is not Jicho Pevu. This is now Parliament, and I think probably we did not do proper induction. This is a House where you canvas, where you persuade. A lot of times Mr. Speaker rulings have been made which I am not happy with but have to respect the authority of Parliament,” said Mbadi who doubles up as Leader of Minority in the National Assembly.
After Mbadi sat down, Suba North Member of Parliament Millie Odhiambo took to the floor. She also lacked kind words for Ali, but did not support the naming of the MP, saying it would give him unnecessary mileage.
“So you are not going to do Jicho Pevu and bring the name of the Speaker into disrepute,” said the vocal MP.
Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo. Photo/Facebook
After Odhiambo, came Richard Maoko Maore (Igembe North), James Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja), Clement Muturi (Kangema), Junet Mohamed (Suna East), Wambugu Ngunjiri (Nyeri Town) and Robert Mbui (Kathiani), all who literally wanted Ali to be skinned alive.
However, Endebes MP Robert Pukose rose and somehow defended Ali, telling his colleagues that ‘you cannot discuss a member without a substantive motion in Parliament’, aimed at discussing him or her.
Pukose’s word swayed Speaker Muturi’s ruling, who insisted that a Member cannot be discussed without a substantive motion to do so.
“If we go the way most of you want, we will be guilty of going against our standing orders and breaching the constitution. We do not go the way of naming this member because if we do, we will also be guilty of subverting the standing orders,” said the Speaker.
Mohamed Ali was elected MP in 2017 as an independent candidate, after several years as a TV investigative journalist. He decided to go the independent way, after failing to garner the ODM party ticket, during the Party’s nominations in 2017.
He was not in the House on Thursday as his colleagues demanded for his ‘crucifixion.’