Kitui East MP Nimrod Mbai may be on his way out of the Public Petitions committee following an agreement by UDA and Azimio.
Speaker Wetangula was angered by absence of the Chair Nimrod Mbai and committee members from the house despite having many pending petitions.
“Is the Chairman of the public petitions committee here? Any member from that committee? There are so many petitions pending before this committee and if this situation continues I will ask majority and minority leaders to consider reconstituting this committee so that it can serve the public. I don’t believe the public is being properly served to have many petitions committed to the committee and nothing comes back to the house.” Speaker Wetangula said.
Minority leader Opiyo Wandayi in agreement lamented about the absence of the chair and committee members saying it was time to deal with the issue once and for all.
“I can’t agree with you more on this matter. I think this is not the first time we are raising this issue of perpetual absence from the house of the leadership of the committee. It has now gone beyond leadership and members have now started to be absent. It is the right time to deal with this matter once and for all. It is the committee that should be permanently here and proactive to deal with issues of utmost importance to the public.”Opiyo Wandayi said.
Majority leader Kimani Ichungwa agreed with Speaker Wetangula and the Minority leader about the absence of committee chairs and members from the house.
“Mr. Speaker, I have nothing to add from what you said and what the Minority leader said. Other than Hon. Kandiye no other member is here. This is the second time the house is noting displeasure with the absence of the chair of the Public petitions committee. Members of the committee need to do the needful. Being a chair of a committee comes with responsibility.” Kimani Ichungwa said.
MP Mbai is not new to controversy, last month he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a KPLC Engineer who was supervising the disconnection of illegal power at his Kitengela home.