Join opposition, lawyers ask
March 5, 2008
By Lucianne Limo
Lawyers want the Vice-President, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, to step out
of Government and be the Leader of the Official Opposition.
The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Chairman, Mr Okong’o Omogeni, and
East Africa Law Society (EALS) President, Mr Tom Ojienda, said
Kalonzo should be in the opposition for the interest of Kenyans.
The lawyers said ODM-Kenya and small parties should form a
coalition and play the role of the Opposition to provide checks
and balances in government.
"The current coalition between PNU and ODM overtakes any prior
arrangements that existed between President Kibaki and Kalonzo,"
Ojienda said on telephone.
He added, "A structured opposition to act as a check against
Government excesses is needed."
Omogeni said the position of the Leader of Opposition is provided
for in the Constitution, adding that Kalonzo should not let
Kenyans down, but occupy it. "The position is in the Constitution
with its own remuneration, an official car, security, a personal
assistant and a functional office besides a seat reserved for him
in Parliament," he said.
Omogeni stressed the need for a vibrant opposition in Parliament,
saying it was not good for everyone to be in Government in a
He said the team amending the Constitution should put a clause
that if there are parties with less than 30 MPs, they should
officially be the Opposition.
"The party with the next highest number of MPs should
automatically occupy the Opposition benches and be at liberty to
form a coalition with other small parties," he said.
They expressed disappointment that there was no Leader of the
Opposition to occupy the position of Chairman of Public Investment
Committee and Public Accounts Committee.
"The two committees are supposed to scrutinise government
expenditure and ensure there is no corruption," Omogeni said.