- In a shocking turn of events, a heated dispute within the hallowed halls of the National Assembly erupted into a chaotic brawl, resulting in the injury of Nominated MP Sabina Chege.
- While Wetangula expressed his disappointment at the day's events, acknowledging his restraint in invoking disciplinary measures, jeers and boos predominantly erupted from the minority side.
- The Speaker emphasized that unless further information was provided indicating a variation or overturning of the court order, the decision by the minority party to replace Sabina Chege as the deputy whip would remain suspended
In a shocking turn of events, a heated dispute within the hallowed halls of the National Assembly erupted into a chaotic brawl, resulting in the injury of Nominated MP Sabina Chege.
The altercation took place following Speaker Moses Wetangula's ruling, which upheld Chege's position as Deputy Minority Whip.
As emotions flared and insults flew, the situation escalated into a physical confrontation, allegedly culminating in Chege being struck by a bottle.
The uproar prompted Speaker Wetangula to suspend the proceedings for a brief respite of 15 minutes, hoping to restore order. However, upon resumption, the jeering and discord persisted, exemplifying the deep-rooted divisions within the House.
Consequently, Wetangula was left with no choice but to impose disciplinary action, temporarily suspending seven MPs for various durations.
MPs Millie Odhiambo, Rosa Buyu, Sabina Chege, and TJ Kajwang were handed two-week suspensions, while Fatuma Muyanzi and Catherine Omanyo faced five-day exclusions. Joyce Kamene received a suspension for two sittings.
Citing their disruptive conduct and defiance of the Speaker's ruling, Wetangula pronounced, "The said members, among other things, defied a ruling of the Speaker, made disruptive utterances, used violence against a member of the house, and acted in a manner to the serious determent of the dignity of the house."
While Wetangula expressed his disappointment at the day's events, acknowledging his restraint in invoking disciplinary measures, jeers and boos predominantly erupted from the minority side.
In response, Minority Leader Opiyo Wandayi swiftly announced their intention to table a motion of no confidence against Speaker Wetangula, accusing him of consistent bias against their faction.
“Things cannot continue in this manner in this House anymore," asserted Wandayi. "we have decided to bring a motion of impeachment against the person of Moses Wetangula as the speaker, and we expect him to prioritize that motion."
Deputy Minority Leader Robert Mbui echoed these sentiments, highlighting their objections to the Speaker's apparent favouring of the majority.
"The main issue we have a problem with is that the Speaker wants the majority to dictate who will lead the minority," Mbui expressed.
"We have made a decision on who we want to lead us, and it's neither logical nor moral. If I were Sabina, I would have resigned. We won't allow the majority to continue controlling us."
Earlier, Speaker Wetangula had issued a ruling affirming Chege's continued service as Deputy Minority Whip, citing a court order that had been brought to his attention.
"I have ruled that you have procedurally followed every step, and I have no difficulty with your decision to remove your deputy whip," declared Wetangula.
However, he advised Chege to seek inclusion in the court order, as her party and coalition were not party to it.
Wetangula highlighted the House's commitment to abide by court orders.
"Even where certain orders have been adverse to the interest of the House, we have dutifully obeyed and sought to set aside the order that we were not in agreement with. From the foregoing, my hands are therefore tied with regard to the court order that has been brought to my attention," he said.
The Speaker emphasized that unless further information was provided indicating a variation or overturning of the court order, the decision by the minority party to replace Sabina Chege as the deputy whip would remain suspended.
This controversial ruling sparked outrage among minority MPs, resulting in a barrage of boos and jeers directed at the Speaker.
Regrettably, the heated confrontations escalated into physical altercations, leaving the National Assembly in a state of disarray.