Senators from the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition have threatened to impeach Senate Speaker Amason Kingi after the party’s leadership moves were allegedly stymied by Kingi.
Asserting Speaker Kingi of favoritism and demanding that he announce the leadership changes, the Senators on Thursday produced commotion in the House.
Minority Leader Stewart Madzayo and Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina were expelled from the chambers by the session’s moderator, Deputy Speaker Kathuri Murungi, after they disobeyed his instructions.
As part of the adjustments Azimio made to the minority leadership, Fatuma Dullo was replaced as Minority Whip by Ole Kina, with Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna slated to act in his place.
Deputy Speaker Murungi declared, “If this communication is presented to me or any other speaker, then he or she must communicate…but as I sit here, there is no communication.”
“You (Murungi) are so inclined on one side and not looking on the other, you are supposed to be blind on that chair,” said Kilifi Senator Madzayo, who is also the minority leader. Please, I implore you, spare the Senate.
Moses Kajwang, his colleague from Homa Bay, urged him not to be drawn into coalition or political party intrigues in the following words: “Mr. Speaker. Let the majority and minority choose their own leaders, I want to implore you.
The senator from Isiolo, Fatuma Dullo, who is in trouble for cozying up to the majority side, sat silently on the minority bench and watched while senators sparred.
Senators were expelled from the chamber after becoming disruptive, which led all lawmakers who supported Azimio to conduct a walkout.
The Senators turned on Speaker Kingi, accusing him of being partisan, as they spoke to the media after leaving the chambers.
In light of the likelihood that the impasse will persist next week, the Senators additionally threatened to disclose what they claimed to be embarrassing information about the Speaker.