Mathira Member of Parliament Rigathi Gachagwa who is allied to Deputy President William Ruto’s Tanga Tanga movement has dared those who championed and voted in support of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) to table an ouster motion against the DP if they think they can raise the required two-thirds vote.
This comes days after days after the National Assembly overwhelmingly endorsed the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020, a move that has seen political analysts, as well as a section of politicians, suggest that the second in command might be losing his influence in Parliament.
To counter the claims, Rigathi has challenged the other side to prove their might by tabling the impeachment motion.
He added that the Kieleweke team should know that William Ruto’s camp was focusing on a bigger picture which is the 2022 general elections and not the proposed Constitutional Amendments.
“That was about the constitution. If they think they have the numbers, they should not waste time. Let them draft the impeachment motion and bring it to parliament and if they can raise 233 so be it,” he dared.
The legislature further added that those supporting the BBI should not confuse what happened in Parliament with the political realities on the national scene.
Interestingly some of the legislatures associated with the DP and had been campaigning against the bill made a U-turn at the last minute.
They include MPs Kimani Ngunjiri, David ole Sankok (nominated), Kareke Mbiuki (Kaara), Joash Nyamoko (South Mugirango), and Charity Kathambi (Njoro).
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria claimed that those who voted in support of the bill had been given a bribe of Ksh. 100,000 each from the office of a senior parliamentary leader.
On Thursday 6 May night a total of 224 MPs voted for the bill against 63 who dissented with two members abstaining from the process.
After the bill was passed in Parliament, it is now expected to be taken to the Senate this coming week for debate.
Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka will rule whether Senators can make amendments to the document before legislators take a final vote.
He said that at the second stage, there are no amendments that have been proposed.
He noted that he will make a ruling when the bill gets to the Committee of the Whole House promising that he will give a researched and detailed ruling as he was is a speaker by chance.