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The standoff between President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odingaimploded in Parliament, but the final verdict on admissibility of the President’s list now lies with Speaker Kenneth Marende. The confrontation between President and PM who claims he was not consulted on the final list and who has since written to Marende seeking his intervention, played out in Parliament where both sides put up their case for and against the nominations. After both sides prosecuted their case, which literally cast the image of a President and a PM washing their dirty linen in public through letting out the not so flattering discussions on who should take which position, Marende announced he would rule on Thursday at 2:30pm. Marende’s ruling is now awaited with the same magnitude of interest as that he made last year after Kibaki and Raila once again locked horns over the President’s unilateral appointment of Vice- President Kalonzo Musyoka to be the Leader of Government Business and House Business Committee. Marende, who was in receipt of contradictory letters from Kibaki and Raila, threw the matter back to the principals with a further ruling the President’s action did not respect the spirit and letter of the National Accord and Reconciliation Act 2008. "The matters canvassed before the House are a matter of great national importance. I am satisfied I have jurisdiction over the matters raised, and the ruling sought by Mr Gitobu Imanyara and supported by 17 other MPs. I have the locus standi to make the ruling. I will do so on Thursday at 2:30pm,’’ Marende ruled, and adjourned the sitting of the House.