Two Senators exchange blows in fight over committee post

There was drama in Kenya earlier this week when two nominated senators Beatrice Kwamboka (ODM) and Mary Seneta (Jubilee) engaged in a scuffle before parliamentary security separated them.

The scuffle over a post is said to have led to the suspension of the vice-chairperson of the Election of Senate health committee.

It is gathered that trouble brewed after Ms Senata accused some members, including Ms Kwamboka of colluding to edge her out of the position. Seneta made the accusation after Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina was declared the winner.

The accusation made Kwamboka who is the deputy minority leader angry and she confronted Seneta.

A scuffle is said to have broken out between the two women.

The row over the post may be linked to proxy voting as it is gathered that Senator Fred Outa (Kisumu) had proposed Kina to take over the vice chairperson’s seat.

Seneta was reportedly backed by some committee members led by Deputy Majority Whip Farhiya Ali (Jubilee) after she left DP William Ruto’s Tanga Tanga faction.

Things got tricky when Ali showed up with a proxy vote which she wanted to cast on behalf of nominated Senator Beth Mugo.

Afte casting her vote, Ali went out and appeared to receive a phone call. She came back and said she also wanted to vote for nominated Senator Millicent Omanga, in support of Seneta.

Kwamboka said she did not trust the signature on the alleged letter by Ms Mugo, allowing Ali to vote on her behalf.

Later, Omanga distanced herself from Ms Ali’s claim saying she supported Kina.

The election was cancelled and sitting adjourned by Trans Nzoia Senator Michael Mbito, who had retained the chairmanship

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