Tough speaking KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion will not be able to practice his activism in Parliament after National Assembly speaker Justin Mutri clipped his powers.
Muturi insists that the firebrand teachers defender cannot participate in matters concerning his body National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has clipped the powers of unionist MPs, setting conditions for which they can participate in matters concerning bodies where they are members.
Of contention is whether MPs expressing interest on a matter should be allowed to participate in the ensuing discussion and whether such a member should take part in the vetting of a nominee for appointment.
The regulation on the declaration of interest says that when a member seeks to speak on a matter, they should declare their personal and business relationships as well as proprietary interests.
Muturi, in his ruling, said much as having a personal interest is not prohibited, MPs must adhere to the requirement of the Leadership and Integrity Act on objectivity and impartiality.
He cited Article 122 (3) of the Constitution which precludes MPs from voting on a matter where they have pecuniary interest.
“Any member who declares interest which is in conflict with their official duties must refrain from deliberations on the matter,” Muturi said.
“It is not an offence to belong to a union but it is gross misconduct and out of order to wear the hat of a workers representative and at the same time purport to wear the hat of an MP.”
Muturi asked MPs to declare their interests to committee chairpersons who have powers to either allow the member to sit through the debate or send such a person away.
“Members who have interests should declare at the beginning or during the debate and recuse themselves from the deliberations as may be directed by the respective chairs,” he added.
The decision came after Tinderet MP Julius Melly sought the Speaker’s guidance on whether nominated MP Wilson Sossion (Knut secretary general) should participate in committee matters involving the union.
The Knut boss is a member of the Education committee as well as Emuhaya MP Omboko Milemba of Kuppet.
Other MPs who represent the youth, people living with disabilities, and special interest groups were not exempted.
The argument is that such MPs may use information from committees to advance interests of the unions outside Parliament.