Otiende Amollo Cries Foul as Uhuru, Raila Men Plot to Kick Him Out of Powerful Committee Leadership

Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo has alleged a plot to boot him out of the leadership of a powerful committee of the National Assembly.

In a tweet, the lawmaker claimed that the allies of President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM party leader Raila Odinga were plotting to remove him as the vice-chairperson of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC).

“The vicissitudes of politics. So, the schemers want me out of JLAC,” he said.

The Senior Counsel would not challenge the decision.

“I will take it in grace and stride,” the legislator said.

The lawyer got the position through soft power extended to the opposition by the Head of State after falling out with Deputy President William Ruto. The DP’s allies were removed from committees and replaced by backers of the President and opposition chief Raila.

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Lately, Amollo has been at loggerheads with ODM over his position on the BBI Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020.

Together with Senate Minority Leader James Orengo, Nyamira Senator Okong’o Omogeni, and Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang, the Rarieda MP has been pushing for changes to some sections of the BBI Bill.

The schedule that distributed the proposed 70 new constituencies has been the bone of contention.

This group of ODM lawmakers signed a majority report of the joint committee of the bicameral House that was reviewing the Bill, denoting that the drafters of the BBI report had usurped the powers of the electoral agency by sharing out the new areas.

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It is a position that has been challenged by the President and the former Prime Minister, who are the architects of the BBI document.

Through their close proxies, the two leaders have maintained that the seats were distributed in line with the 2019 census. The populous counties such as Nairobi and Kiambu got the lion’s share of the new seats.

However, leaders from 15 counties that didn’t even get a single seat have been protesting the allocation, noting that the Mt Kenya region was favoured.

A few weeks ago, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) also said the distribution of the new constituencies favoured some counties.

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The JLAC was told by officials from KNBS that six devolved units were short-changed.

The bureau warned that eight counties would be overrepresented under the new dispensation.

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