Drama unfolds during Jeff Koinange’s Morning interview with Mohammed Ali

The show took an interesting twist following Ali's claims that young Members of Parliament were not being given equal opportunities in the August House to speak.

Ali, who was pointing an accusing finger on the National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, forced the Speaker's Communications Officer Paul Mugambi to call in and a heated debate erupted.

Mr Mugambi rubbished the claims made by Mr Ali noting that the Speaker strives to ensure that there is equality in the House.

"There is a system that is used to get members to speak. If you log in at 2.30 PM when the session starts you will be on top of the log, if you come in at 4 PM do not expect to be on top.

"There are also many balances that the speakers has to follow. You have to look at the Majority Party, Minority Party, Independent, Gender, Region among others. Every member has a fair chance to speak," Mugambi said.

Nonetheless, Ali was not convinced with the explanation and challenged Mr Mugambi to produce official records.

“If you go to the Hansard, ever since we were sworn in as MPs I can tell you few young members of MPs have spoken on the floor of the House. Mugambi produce the Hansard to show how many young MPs have moved a motion," he said.

According to the former KTN investigative journalist, the last time he spoke on the floor of the house was when he delivered his remarkable motion on the establishment of referral hospitals in every county.

Ali further complained that there was a seniority mentality in Parliament where the fresh young MPs are looked down upon.

Nonetheless, the Speaker’s communication person directed Ali to file his complaints in Parliament.

“With all due respect let the honourable member go speak in the House. That’s what he was elected to do, but chooses not. The Speaker is not part of his choices,” Mugambi said.


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