Lawmakers exchange blows over Committee post

Lawmakers exchange blows over Committee post


But for the intervention of parliamentary security, legislative activities would have been paralysed completely at the Kenya’s Senate when two nominated Senators Beatrice Kwamboka (ODM) and Mary Seneta (Jubilee) engaged themselves in a fight over a Committee post earlier this Week.


The scuffle is said to have led to the suspension of the Vice-chairperson of the Election of Senate health Committee.

The Guardian said that trouble brewed after Ms Senata accused some members, including Ms Kwamboka of colluding to edge her out of the position. Seneta made the accusation after Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina was declared the winner.

The accusation made Kwamboka who is the deputy minority leader angry and she confronted Seneta, which led to the scuffle between the two women.

Sources linked the row over the post to proxy voting after Senator Fred Outa (Kisumu) had proposed Kina to take over the vice chairperson’s seat.

Seneta was reportedly backed by some Committee members led by Deputy Majority Whip Farhiya Ali (Jubilee) after she left DP William Ruto’s Tanga Tanga faction.

Things got tricky when Ali showed up with a proxy vote which she wanted to cast on behalf of nominated Senator Beth Mugo.

After casting her vote, Ali went out and appeared to receive a phone call. She came back and said she also wanted to vote for nominated Senator Millicent Omanga, in support of Seneta.

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Kwamboka said she did not trust the signature on the alleged letter by Ms Mugo, allowing Ali to vote on her behalf.

The election was cancelled while sitting was adjourned by Trans Nzoia Senator Michael Mbito, who had retained the Chairmanship position, according to the outlet.

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