In a session of Kisumu county assembly on Tuesday afternoon assembly members clashed over the election to replace Onyango Oloo as the assembly speaker. He was charged with fraud the day before. The members of the county assembly elected Elisha Orare as a new speaker which ended in a turmoil. Assembly orderlies tried to protect the county mace, but were also attacked.
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A parliament session in Kenya has descended into chaos, with rival MPs trading punches.
Opposition lawmakers tried to block discussions on the introduction of manual vote-counting for next year’s presidential election.
The government wants a back-up to the electronic system but the opposition says it is a way of rigging the poll.
Kenyan politics is known to be highly partisan and this is not the first physical fight.
In 2014, four lawmakers were assaulted and one had his shirt torn.
The live video feed from parliament was cut after the fight broke out on Tuesday evening and journalists were ordered out of the press gallery.
After an earlier highly charged discussion over the proposed changes to the electoral law, opposition MP Millie Odhiambo attacked President Uhuru Kenyatta, calling him “extremely stupid”.
Mr Kenyatta gave his initial response to that attack at an event to usher in the festive season, saying “some idiots continue to insult me” but added that it was part of their freedom.
But Mr Kenyatta seems to have now ended his war of words with Ms Odhiambo, as a local media station on Wednesday shared a picture of a Christmas card from the president addressed to the MP.
Senate public accounts committee was violently disrupted after Nairobi senator Mike Sonko engaged in a physical fight with Nairobi governor Evans Kidero.
It all began as a verbal exchange started by Sonko who accused the governor of ‘murder’ but soon degenerated into a physical fight forcing the committee to abruptly adjourn. The media present there were all thrown out as orderlies escorted Sonko out of parliament buildings.
“This happened yesterday in an attempt to stop the passing of a security bill. The opposition had listed a raft of complaints and being outnumbered, the only hope was to disrupt the national assembly from passing the laws on the house of parliament. The result, blows were traded, paper missiles thrown and the deputy speaker doused in water.”
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