Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi, reacts to last week’s drama in parliament

Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi, reacts to last week’s drama in parliament

Last week’s drama in parliament, which led him to suspend House proceedings, was “simply people trying to gain few bonga points here and there,” according to Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi.

Last Thursday, Muturi halted House proceedings, claiming that a group of Members of Parliament had turned highly rowdy after Embakasi East MP Babu Owino disregarded his orders to leave the House.

“We’re in that thrilling period of politics, and what happened in parliament was simply people trying to get some bonga points here and there.” We spent too much time talking about non-issues, but that’s how the house works,” Muturi said.

The crisis began when some Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) legislators prevented the Sergeant-at-Arms from ejecting Babu Owino from the Chamber after he got into an altercation with Muturi.

After Wajir Woman Representative Fatuma Gedi presented evidence accusing DP William Ruto of land grabbing, the incident occurred.

Because he was not on record, it is unknown what the Embakasi East MP said before he was ordered out of the residence.

Despite the fact that the speaker had issued the instructions, Owino refused to leave the chambers, causing the sergeants at arms to interfere.

As a result, the Speaker called an adjournment of the house, which had been scheduled to go on recess.

“We’re not going to be able to continue.” When members assist others in violating the standing orders, it is a serious problem. We can’t keep sitting like this. Speaker Muturi ordered that the hearings would be delayed until May 10, 2021.

In the case that a rowdy member refuses to leave the meeting as requested, the Speaker has the authority to adjourn the meeting as a disciplinary step.

Fatuma Gedi, a Wajir Woman Representative, spoke in front of the National Assembly on claims that Ruto is a land grabber.

Gedi was only able to provide the house with three documents against the DP, therefore the evidence presentation was cut short.

The block of land where Ruto’s Weston Hotel is located is among the supposed proof of land grabbing.

Also, the 100-acre Tapsagoi Settlement Scheme in Turbo, Uasin Gishu County, which was allegedly taken from Gilbert Muteshi after the 2007-2008 tribal violence and subsequently sold to Ruto by one Ms Dorothy Jemutai.

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