National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi has been thrown out of the chambers for saying that Kenya “has no President”.
Mr Mbadi, who is also the Suba South MP, was contributing to a procedural motion during the Thursday morning sitting when he made the remark.
“As we prepare to go to recess today, there is no need of being recalled to approve anything by the president because as far as I am concerned, there is no sitting president,” Mr Mbadi said.
The remark was met by shouting and jeers from Jubilee MPs.
Speaker Justin Muturi then ordered Mr Mbadi to immediately withdraw the statement “no sitting president” before continuing with his remarks.
“I have ordered you the leader of minority to either withdraw the statement or face the consequences, which you know. I will not allow such statements to be made under my watch,” Mr Muturi said.
“Some statements you are comfortable making outside there and not within this chamber. When you are outside there, you can say anything you want and will get away with it but not here under my watch.”
The speaker used standing order 107 (2a) to order him to withdraw his remarks which states; “unparliamentary language means the use of words which, in the opinion of the person presiding, are deemed to be impolite, rude, abusive or inconsistent with parliamentary procedure or practice.”
“Honourable John Mbadi, I cannot engage in a discourse with you. You must withdraw your statement that there is no President in Kenya or withdraw from the chamber,” ordered Speaker Muturi.
In a quick rejoinder, Mbadi said, “Mr. Speaker I would rather withdraw from the chamber than withdraw from my statement, There is no president in Kenya,” said a defiant Mbadi.
There was further drama when the Speaker ordered Mbadi to leave immediately and not turn it into an occasion.
In the meantime, Parliament has today voted for the nine nominees to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA). The following was the final result.
Nominees to EALA
Final results of both the Senate and the National Assembly
1. Kennedy Musyoka 309
2. Oburu Oginga 243
3. Abdikadir Aden 234
4. Fatuma Ibrahim 143
1. Simon Mbugua 286
2. Florence Jematia 252
3. Mpuru Aburi 208
4. Nooru Adan 192
5. Wanjiku Muhia 180
This ended the intense lobbying that characterised the push by most of those who were nominated by the parties.
Big names such as Jubilee’s Charles Nyachae (former NCIC commission boss) and NASA’s Norman Magaya lost their bids.
The Senate and National Assembly subjected the nominees to a vote through a secret ballot.
They are set to be sworn in on Monday next week at Arusha in Tanzania for the assembly to start its business in January next year.
In addition, The parliament has constituted the committee on appointments which will vet cabinet secretaries once Uhuru Kenyatta unveils his second term line up before it adjourns and goes for recess. There is a lot of shove as many governors are no longer recognizing Uhuru as President due to organized scheme currently in progress.