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Why Otiende Amollo was removed from Justice Committee

By The Frontier Post Reporter

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Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo has been removed from the powerful National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) and replaced by his Ruaraka counterpart Tom Kajwang’.

However, Amollo will continue to remain as a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member until his Orange party finds another befitting committee.

National Assembly Minority leader John Mbadi (Suba South) confirmed the ouster of Amollo from the committee where he has been the Vice Chair.

“It is true that we have removed him (Amollo) from JLAC. We move members any time we feel there is need and we don’t cite reasons for removing members from those committees. We have replaced him with Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang’,” said Mbadi.

He went: “He remains a member of PAC until such a time we find another befitting committee for him.”

Amollo’s removal from JLAC comes days after wrangles rocked the Raila Odinga led Orange party on the passage of the Building Bridges Initiative Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020.

Both Amollo and Senate Minority leader James Orengo (Siaya) have been critical of the passage of the BBI insisting that the allocation of the proposed new 70 constituencies was done in a skewed manner that will not benefit all Counties.

Asked if Orengo will be removed as the Minority leader, Mbadi remained categorical that: “I am a member of the National Assembly, I don’t preside over Senate. I cannot tell what will happen there.”

In the new changes, Limuru MP Peter Mwathi is now poised to be the chair of the powerful National Security and Administration Committee after the House approved the changes to various committees.

In the new changes, Otiende Amollo (Rarieda) has been de-whipped from the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee and will be replaced by his Ruaraka counterpart Tom Kajwang’.

Majority leader Amos Kimunya while moving the motion citied that the names were approved by the Selection committee through the Whips.

“There was a need to re-organize and to fill some leadership gaps occasioned by the demise of Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange with the support of Jubilee members. has been appointed to the National Security and Administration committee,” said Kimunya.

Mwathi, before his appointment was serving at the Labour Committee and his place will now be occupied by

“Further to the resolution of the House of Tuesday, December 5, 2017 appointing Members into various Committees and pursuant to the provisions of Standing Order 173, this House further approves the appointment of the following Members to the respective Committees as specified hereunder–

Mwathi, who has been moved to the National Security is set to replace the Kabinga Wachira (Mwea) who now moves to Labour and Social Welfare.

Benjamin Tayari (Kinango) has been appointed to the Committee on Implementation to replace the Owen Baya (Kilifi North), while the newly elected MP Kalasinga Majimbo (Kabuchai) has been appointed to the Agriculture and Livestock committee.

Kisii Woman rep Janet Ongera, moves to Environment and Natural Resources to replace Tayari, while Teddy Mwambire (Ganze) has been appointed to the Public Investments Committee to replace the Anthony Oluoch (Mathare).

Oscar Nabulindo (Matungu), has been appointed to the Committee on National Cohesion and Equal Opportunity and while Tom Kajwang’ (Ruaraka) has been to be appointed to Justice and Legal Affairs to replace the Amollo.

Minority leader John Mbadi while seconding the motion said that replacing Otiende with Kajwang is aimed at aligning the aspirations of the ODM party with the work of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee.

“Kajwang is joining. He may not be a professor in law but is the people’s Chief Justice,” said Mbadi.

 But Nominated MP Millicent Omanga said that Amollo rubbed ‘Ayatollah the wrong way by stating the truth about BBI that is why he was kicked out.

“He has paid it with his “blood”. He has been kicked out of JLAC by ODM. The dictator has always camouflaged as a Democrat. Rule by the thump. We haven’t seen nothing yet,” she said.

Lawyer Donald Kipkorir also took to his twitter page saying that all those who travelled on the same road met the same fate

“Amollo makes the kindergarten mistake of every politician in Kenya riding on the coattails of Raila Odinga then think they’re popular on their own. Political oblivion. You can’t fly to the sun with wax wings,” he said.

His fellow compatriot from the Linda Katiba initiative Waikwa Wanyoike charged that: “Luckily, one of the reasons that BBI will collapse is because Mbadi, National Assembly Majority leader Amos Kimunya and JLAC chair Muturi Kigano are using draught rules and strategies to play a game of Chess.”

On his part Amollo only responded: “The vicissitudes of politics. So, the schemers want me out of JLAC. I will take it in grace and stride.”

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