It is interesting to watch members of parliament discuss motions live on TV. This is a good opportunity for us citizens, to get first hand information than to rely on other media.
Today’s motion on Interim Independent Electoral Commission caught my attention, when a nominated MP Ms. Milly Odhiambo, said she has withdrawn her support for one candidate, Justice Cecil Miller because he is a wife batterer. Her statement caused a commotion that made the speaker shout Order! Order!, Many times. He thereafter asked Hon. Milly Odhiambo to withdraw her statement, because it was against the house rules. Most MPs (most of them are men) agreed with the speaker, I think it because the character of a fellow man was being reported by a woman.
However, I wonder whether it is in order for someone’s personal character, to be discussed in parliament and aired in public, when he is applying for, or is to be appointed to a public post. I would also not want to support such a person but I don’t think, I can say so in public.
Yesterday’s motion brought to the house by Hon. Bonny Khalwale, to censor Minister for Agriculture Hon. William Ruto, over maize scandal was another interesting motion. Many thought this would sail through but at the end of the day, Hon. William Ruto was cleared. This was one motion that Kenyans followed keenly, because it was about maize, a very important meal to many Kenyan’s. I like many Kenyan’s now wonder what direction this maize scandal issue will take, with those supporting the motion not ready to give up, in the meantime maize prices are still going up and common mwananchi still suffering!!