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Marende's Ruling stuns PNU but excites ODM

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House Speaker Kenneth Marende’s razor-sharp ruling was sweet to Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement’s ears, and a sting to that of President Kibaki’s Party of National Unity. The crux of the Speaker’s ruling was that the ‘consultations’ between the President and PM as envisaged in the National Accord must result in a ‘compromise’, and was therefore unconstitutional since the PM’s wing of the Grand Coalition Government contested it. "The effect of this Ruling is that this House shall not proceed with any process of approval in respect of the nominations received from [the] President...Additionally, the work of the Departmental Committees of Justice and Finance and their respective Reports, on this matter shall lapse forthwith in their entirety,’’ he ordered. The Speaker added that the House, "shall await nominations for the respective offices to be forwarded in the manner provided for by the Constitution, read in totality and ensuring full compliance therewith." He also warned his ruling was not "a commentary on the suitability" of the four nominees for key constitutional offices.