mayhem rocks Legislative summit in Mombasa

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BY CORRESPONDENT,MOMBASA,23RD MAY 2018-Mayhem rocked the plenary session of the second day at the Third Annual Legislative Summit  in Mombasa forcing the entire meeting to be called off.This was after Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang   got into trouble with ward representatives when he offered to provide them with English lessons to understand his position on the increasingly sensitive issue of the Ward Development Equalisation Fund Bill.

Many MCAs were not pleased   and termed  it demeaning and  they  demanded a retraction and apology.

The infuriated  senator refused  to head to the MCAs demands degenerating the matter with a section of the MCAs approaching  the high table in order to evict him out of the conference hall.

Before the pandemonium, Mr Kajwang had been the moderator of the session in which five panellists had discussed the topic Resourcing counties and devolved functions for optimal service delivery.

Homabay Senator Moses Kajwang during the Third

Homabay Senator Moses Kajwang during the Third Annual Legislative Summit. PHOTO | COURTESY

He  continued to credit  MCAs, praising the level of capacity of the current crop of MCAs but didn’t  put his position forward or make his intention on the kitty that MCAs are  pushing for.

It was at this point that Nakuru Majority leader Stanley Karanja stood up and demanded that Mr Kajwang makes his stand on the bill clear. He further

“If you can’t to say what Kangata is saying (the bill) then there is a whole committee of the House that is dealing with the Bill. Go there and amend instead of giving us conditions,” he told Kajwang to the consternation of the conference.

Kajwang had said the senate will consider the “descriptive and prescriptive” effects of the bill before it is enacted which only confused the ward reps whose only interest is for the bill to be supported.

“If you need some English lessons on differences between descriptive and prescriptive that is something we can discuss later,” Kajwang said to jeers from the MCAs, who stood up and started shouting asking him to withdraw and apologise.

Mr Stanley had also called for disbandment of Senate if it cannot support the MCAs.

Mr Kajwang, however said: “When you disagree with a senator you do not say that Senate should be disbanded. Let us observe sobriety.”

 Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen  Had to intervene to calm down the MCAs.

“We cannot win an agenda by engaging each other in public. If we do not agree on each other let us use the right way instead of embarrassing ourselves. This is an embarrassment,” said Mr Murkomen.

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