Saturday, April 13, 2024

Muthama’s trousers torn as fight breaks in parliament over security bill

Chaos marred a special Parliamentary sitting on the contentious Security Bill on Thursday morning forcing National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi to call for a 30-minute adjournment.

The session that had been convened to vote on the Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014 introduced in Parliament by the Executive turned chaotic when opposition MPs started chanting in the plenary rendering the process impossible.

The MPs tore up order papers on the amendments and littered the floor while chanting bado mapambano as deputy speaker Joyce Laboso tried in vain to direct the vote.

Muturi who was forced to return to the plenary from the Speaker’s chambers ordered the removal of Cord senators from the Speaker’s Gallery.

The senators are Kakamega’s Boni Khalwale, Siaya’s James Orengo, Johnstone Muthama of Machakos and Bungoma’s Moses Wetang’ula who is also Cord co-principal and Senate Assembly Minority leader.

The sitting that was to facilitate the Committee of the whole House was preceded by a warning from Muturi of dire consequences if it was interrupted.

Muturi made the address in reference to an incident last Thursday in which Nyando MP Fred Outa attempted to grab the mase from its plinth to stop House proceedings.

Outa acted to stop debate on the Security Bill which the opposition has termed draconian and regressive, Parliament orderlies however stopping him.

Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba also earlier made allegations of intimidation questioning the heavy presence of security agents outside Parliament.

“We must condemn in the strongest terms possible attempts by any authority outside this House to intimidate or control the outcome of this debate,” Namwamba said.

Suna East MP Junet Mohamed opposed discussions on the Security Bill saying it is not worth inclusion in the order papers of a special session.

“There is nothing special about this [Security Law] bill that warrants an exceptional and special sitting,” Junet said.

Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo opposed Junet’s porposition terming the Bill a special matter needing discussion.

Midiwo however asked the speaker to adjourn the session to allow members enough time to study the amendments to the Bill.

The session is set to resume at 2.30pm.

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