It has been announced by President William Ruto that the newly elected members of the Kenya Kwanza parliament will be taught proper etiquette.
At a meeting of the Kenya Kwanza parliamentary group on September 16 in Naivasha, Ruto said that measures would be put in place by the coalition to help new members of parliament get ready for the enormous task that lies ahead of them.
“Tomorrow we are going to have a session to show a bit of etiquette, to show how to hold a fork. Sometimes we get embarrassed when we have big leaders and they do not know how to hold a spoon,” Ruto joked to the delight of his allies.
“We will take time tomorrow so that we can mentor everybody. We cannot take things for granted. To the seniors who are here, let’s mentor the newcomers. Don’t harass the young ones, show them how CDF works, and show them how committees work,” he added.
In addition, Ruto issued a challenge to the members of parliament who are affiliated with Kenya Kwanza, urging them to attend House sittings and take an active part in the legislative process and discussions.
While referring to previous reports that indicated that some members were inactive in the 12th Parliament, Ruto warned his allies against absconding their legislative mandate.
“Parliament is not a place to sell potatoes. It’s a place to talk about the affairs of the people to articulate issues that are important to your constituents,” Ruto implored the MPs.
In addition, he disputed the assertions made by Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga that the opposition was poised to rule both Houses of Parliament with their majority members. Odinga stated that the opposition was going to control both Houses of Parliament with their majority members.
“I have heard our competitors trying to say they have numbers, if they cannot even raise a candidate for the Senate Speaker position what numbers do they have? There is no need to bring a contest where there is none,” the President trolled his opponents.
Before proposing members for crucial Parliamentary committees, Ruto and his Kenya Kwanza brigade will spend two days in Naivasha discussing a strategy.
The alliance that includes the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), the Amani National Congress, Ford Kenya, and the Pamoja African Alliance, amongst other political parties, is eager to win the leadership positions of key House committees as well as the position of leader of the majority in the House.
Kenya Kwanza, however, is up against strong opposition from lawmakers who have also claimed control of the House. On Friday, Raila Odinga called for more participation from coalition members in their oversight responsibilities in the Legislature.