Friday, February 06, 2009
Plans for grand opposition on course, says Namwamba!
Plans to form a Grand Opposition in Parliament are still on course, Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba has said.
Mr Namwamba said that the adoption of new standing orders by Parliament allows legislators in the backbench to form a caucus that plays the role of the official opposition.
Speaking at the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha on Friday, he said the two-day retreat sponsored by the National Assembly was geared at starting preparations to constitute an official opposition in the 10th Parliament. He said that the retreat had the blessings of the Speaker.
“We are here to work out on the structures and logistical details of how this caucus will be formalised and will rise to play the role of parliament’s official opposition,” he said.
The lawmaker said the MPs were also strategising on how the Official Opposition Bill will be passed in Parliament when the issue comes up for debate. He said the absence of an official opposition has affected the fight against corruption.
“The lack of an official opposition has made it very difficult for legislators to take the government head on,” he said.
Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny said corruption in the Grand Coalition had now become “grand corruption”, and urged the two principals to take charge.