It was drama in parliament when ODM chairman John Mbadi National Assembly Minority leader was thrown out of parliament. This is following sentiments claiming that there is no President in Kenya.
According to sources, Mbadi was contributing to a motion when he uttered those words that led to his elimination from the chambers. “Mr. Speaker this motion presupposes and anticipates that there will be some appointments from, the president. Mr Speaker the point is that there is no president in this country,” He said.
The statement was met with jeers and discontent from Jubilee MPs which forced the Speaker Justin Muturi to immediately order the Suba South MP to either withdraw the statement or leave the chambers. He chose to leave. The speaker used standing order 107 (2a) to order him to withdraw his remarks which states; “unparliamentary language means the use of words which, in the opinion of the person presiding, are deemed to be impolite, rude, abusive or inconsistent with parliamentary procedure or practice.”
“Honourable John Mbadi, I cannot engage in a discourse with you. You must withdraw your statement that there is no President in Kenya or withdraw from the chamber,” Speaker Muturi ordered. In a quick rejoinder, Mbadi said,“Mr. Speaker I would rather withdraw from the chamber than withdraw from my statement, There is no president in Kenya,” said defiant Mbadi.
Consequently there was further drama when the Speaker ordered Mbadi to leave immediately and not turn it into a scene or an occasion when Mbadi wanted to shake hands with his colleagues in parliament who supported what he said. “Honourable Mbadi this is not an occasion for shaking hands when you are ordered to withdraw from the chamber you are supposed to withdraw,” he said.
Parliament is expected to vote for the nine nominees to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) and constitute the committee on appointments which will vet cabinet secretaries once President Kenyatta unveils his second term line up before it adjourns and goes for holiday break.