Lugari MP Ayub Savula has called on National Super Alliance (NASA) principals’ intervention to solve confusion surrounding the appointment of the National assembly Minority leader, chief whip and their deputies.
Speaking in his constituency, Savula said the principals had earlier agreed on the list of four nominees, whereby Suba South MP John Mbadi had been appointed to the post of minority leader and be deputized by Savula while Kathiani MP Robert Mbui and Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa would serve as Minority Whip and Deputy Minority Whip respectively.
However, he said the appointment has created uncertainty after a section of MPs from Coast and Nyanza regions disagreed with the list of the four nominees.
“The list was to be subjected to the parliamentary group meeting for discussion and endorsement but the way things stand now I would propose that the principals discuss again the matter and make an official announcement because if we subject this matter to a parliamentary caucus discussion it will be acrimonious,” said Savula.
Elsewhere Savula has disagreed with the decision to allocate only three slots for NASA in the East Africa Community Assembly saying both Jubilee and NASA should have equal representation in the Assembly. “Actually the leadership in the East African Community Assembly you are allocated slots according to the number of MPs you get in the national assembly, Jubilee is ahead of us in numbers but we propose we share equally the slots that have been allocated in the assembly for equal representation,” he said.
At the same time, Savula supported a push by NASA to have amendments on the 2010 constitution to create a position for the prime minister and his two deputies saying that was the only way that would unify the country.
He said under the proposed amendments whoever wins the elections as per constitution requirement will be shown in as presidents and the one who finishes second will automatically become the prime minister if he or she gets over 40% of the total votes cast.
In the event where the second winner doesn’t get 40%, he said it will be upon the president to appoint the prime minister and his or her two deputies. “We want a government that accommodates both the winner and the loser and we are not pushing these amendments for the current leadership but for prosperity,” he explained.