Today marks the end of a 20 year journey in politics for Garissa member of parliament Aden Duale. Duale joined Kandara Member of Parliament Alice Wahome in bidding farewell to their colleges in the national assembly. The two staunch parliamentarians had been nominated by the president to serve as cabinet secretaries. They were vetted and approved by National Assembly to take over their respective ministries. Having being reelected back to parliament after the august general elections they are required to resign in line with the Constitution.
Elgeyo Markawet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen also joins the two in resigning and bidding fare well to their colleagues. No state officer is required to hold to government positions at the same time. This law is enforced heavily in the cabinet appointments. Murkomen was nominated as the infrastructure Cabinet Secretary,while Wahome was nominated for the Water docket. Duale on his part was nominated for the Defence docket.
While making his address to the National Assembly Duale said, “As I go to the Executive arm of government, I promise to work with members here. If any one of you wants my help, please do not hesitate to visit my office. I will make time for you, you will not wait…unless, of course, if you become too frequent and make it difficult for me to do my job.”
On her part Alice Wahome stated, “Members of Parliament must continue to be supported, facilitated to be able to execute their mandate. I therefore want to acknowledge my colleagues, both in minority and majority, and that this time I have stayed in Parliament, I have enjoyed cordial relationships with most of the members. I look forward to be able to work with them.”
Murkomen said that his torn in his thoughts as he feels attached to the senate. He indicated that he has been a champion of devolution. Kipchumba served as the leader of majority for the second and third parliament before being ousted from the position.
He continued to say, “I’m standing here with mixed feelings because Senate has been home for 10 years. It is not for me to tell Kenyans whether I left a legacy or not, it is for historians to write about my responsibility in this House,” he said.
“There’s a lot we could have achieved, had we sorted the problem of relationship between this House and the National Assembly. There’s a lot our country would’ve benefited if there was a proper implementation of Article 110 of the Constitution in so far as Bills concerning county.”
All the three elective seats will be gazetted vacant by the relevant authorities and bodies and by- elections to fill the same will kick off.