Drama unfolded at the Nyandarua County Assembly during the Tuesday afternoon Session as the factions allied to Speaker Ndegwa Wahome and Governor Francis Kimemia, engaged in a fist fight.
The scuffle and war of words, which was preceded by a ‘yes’ unanimous vote for the Constitutional Amendment Bill, ensued when it emerged that the Mace was missing, and that the session would not proceed as planned.
MCAs led by majority Leader Kingori Wambugu, who are allied to the governor, accused their counterparts of hiring goons in a bid to halt the session.
The three hour stand-off, under the watch of security officers and Ol-Kalou Sub County Police Commander Dahil Abdilahi and County Commissioner Benson Leparmorinjo, saw the MCAs break assembly doors and the safe, in a bid to retrieve the mace, before they conducted the business of the day.
Gatimu ward MCA Kieru Wambui and his counterpart from Murungaru Kariuki Muchiri who are allied to Speaker Wahome, were arrested following the fracas.
Acting Speaker Zachary Njeru who chaired the session read a communication from Jubilee Secretary Raphael Tuju directing Kieru and his Murungaru counterpart Kariuki Muchiri be replaced from the House Business Committee, and their positions refilled by Shamata MCA Reuben Gitau and his Githabai Ward Rimui Kaiyani.
The new members were consequently sworn in to take up their new roles. Having no other business to be transacted, the acting speaker adjourned the sitting to later in the afternoon.
Embattled Speaker Wahome, was on Tuesday morning barred from presiding over the day’s business, until a case he filed before a Nakuru court, was heard and determined.
Wahome was impeached a fortnight ago, during a sitting that saw seven MCAs allied to him, suspended from the House by Jubilee, paving way for his ouster as 26 MCAs voted against him.
The suspended MCAs have since moved to court challenging the matter, with more facing the party wrath, said to be sponsored by Governor Kimemia, who Wahome has boldly challenged his administration.
by Anne Sabuni