In Summary
  • ANC MPs on Thursday claimed they had been shortchanged.
  • ODM MPs have in the past complained of having to sacrifice their ambitions.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga handed Suna East MP Junet Mohamed the Minority Whip seat in the National Assembly as a reward for his steadfast loyalty to the National Super Alliance.

The decision sparked a row in the opposition coalition pitting Coast MPs — who believe the seat belongs to the region — and Amani National Congress legislators who threatened to sever links with ODM.

Insiders in the alliance said Mr Mohamed was rewarded for his firm support for the coalition headed by Mr Odinga and his abrasive nature which makes it suitable for the job of marshalling Nasa MPs against Jubilee.

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Mr Odinga appears determined to deter opposition MPs from engaging in any action suggesting that President Kenyatta was properly elected.

Already, the coalition has opted out of the committee that will vet Cabinet Secretaries. Mr Odinga has stated that he believes he and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka won the August 8 election.

On Thursday, Mr Mohamed said he would aggressively push the Opposition’s agenda in the House.

“Now you can be sure that the party will regain its traction. Though many say that I was favoured, this is not the case because I lobbied just like any other MP and the coalition believed in me,” he said, adding that he needs the support of Nasa leadership and its MPs to succeed.

“It is not a Junet affair, the party believes that I have the wherewithal to push its agenda in the 12th Parliament,” he said.

The former Migori mayor is understood to have been among those who were quietly unhappy when the Opposition announced its leadership list during the MPs’ induction workshop in September.

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That list had Suba South MP John Mbadi as Minority Leader, Lugari MP Ayub Savula (ANC) as his Deputy, Kathiani MP Robert Mbui (Wiper) as Minority Whip and Chris Wamalwa (Kiminini, Ford-Kenya) as Deputy Whip.

In the new line-up, Mr Mbui is Deputy Minority Leader while Mr Wamalwa retained his position.

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