Honorable kicks and fists as Mandera MCAs fight over executive members’ list

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BY CORRESPONDENT,MANDERA,9TH NOV 2017-byDrama ensued in  Mandera County Assembly  after members engaged in a fist fight over the tabling of a report by the Committee on Appointments.

The chair of the committee Speaker Mohamed Khalif was to table a report Thursday rejecting all the ten nominees forwarded to the assembly by Mandera Governor Ali Roba for vetting and approval.

However things went haywire few minutes to the 2:30pm session when members in the assembly hall begun blowing whistles.

MCAs allied to the Jubilee Party started whistling, thus delaying the Speaker’s entry into the assembly.

After about an hour of blowing of whistles, the speaker entered the hall as the sergeant-at-arms and his team held tightly to the mace.

WWW.UPESINEWS.CO.KE ESTABLISHED THAT Attempts by the Speaker to begin the day’s session was marred with louder blowing of whistles.

Mr Khalif, of the Economic Freedom Party (EFP), was forced to adjourn the sitting to 8pm amid fist fighting in the assembly.

Jubilee members, who are the minority in the assembly, accused EFP of rejecting all the ten nominees forwarded to the assembly by Governor Roba.

“We are aware of the plan to adopt the report rejecting the CEC nominees by the EFP members using the tyranny of numbers and we shall not accept that,” lamented Mr Jimale Hassan, the leader of minority.

While nominating the CECs, Governor Roba retained five members who served in his first term in office.

Mr Roba dropped some other five members and brought in new faces.

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