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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,14TH DEC 2017-There was drama in the National Assembly on Thursday mid morning session leading Minority Leader John Mbadi been thrown out of the chambers.Mbadi was ordered out of the chambers by speaker Justin Muturi for saying that Kenya “has no President”.
Mr Mbadi, who is also ODM chair was contributing to a procedural motion during the Thursday morning sitting when he made the remark.
“As we prepare to go to recess today, there is no need of being recalled to approve anything by the president because as far as I am concerned, there is no sitting president,” Mr Mbadi said.
Speaker Justin Muturi then ordered Mr Mbadi to immediately withdraw the statement “no sitting president” before continuing with his remarks.
“I have ordered you the leader of minority to either withdraw the statement or face the consequences, which you know. I will not allow such statements to be made under my watch,” Mr Muturi said.
According to the speaker Mr Mbadi would miss only the morning sitting and would be allowed in during the afternoon session because what he said was disorderly and can not be termed as gross misconduct under Standing Order 107.
Mr Mbadi, however, remained defiant.
“I cannot withdraw the obvious. I rather withdraw from the House than withdraw the statement.”
Minority Whip and Suna East MP Junet Mohammed defended Mr Mbadi, saying he did not mean there is no president but was only declaring allegiance to the ‘people’s president’.
However majority leader Aden Duale said plans have always there to swear in NASA leader Raila Odinga as people’s president.
The inauguration, set for December 12, was put off indefinitely.
“I have seen our leader thrown out for just affirming his allegiance to the ‘people’s president’. He did not actually say there is no president,” Mr Junet said.
Duale saying it is not right to use the term ‘people’s president’ while in the chambers, saying President Kenyatta was elected by majority of Kenyans and his win affirmed by the Supreme Court.