MPs Ndindi Nyoro, Fatuma Gedi suspended from Parliament over bribery claims in chaotic debate

MPs Ndindi Nyoro, Fatuma Gedi suspended from Parliament over bribery claims in chaotic debate

Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro speaks in the National Assembly during debate on the Political Parties Amendment Bill on January 5, 2022.

  • Nyoro was suspended for claiming Gedi was distributing money for votes on the bill, a claim he could not substantiate.
  • Despite being ordered to withdraw his claims by temporary Speaker Soipan Tuya, Nyoro insisted saying he would not be intimidated.
  • Gedi took offence with Nyoro’s claims, insisting that she was instead only distributing lollipops.

Kiharu Member of Parliament Ndindi Nyoro and Wajir Woman Representative Fatuma Gedi were on Wednesday suspended from the House over bribery claims as debate on the controversial Political Parties Amendment Bill raged on in the National Assembly.

Nyoro was suspended for claiming Gedi was distributing money for votes on the bill, a claim he could however not substantiate.

Despite being ordered to withdraw his claims by temporary Speaker Soipan Tuya, Nyoro insisted saying he would not be intimidated.

“This is an honourable House, and we make decisions based on persuasion and conviction. It is abhorrent to see Fatuma Gedi distributing Ksh.100,000 to MPs to vote their way. We can’t have bribery happening here Madam Speaker at the glare of the cameras,” said Nyoro.

"Madam Chair I am a son of the Mau Mau and I won't be intimidated, I want to tell them, they might bribe a few members, but they won't bribe millions of Kenyans."

Gedi took offence with Nyoro’s claims, insisting that she was instead only “distributing lollipops to members because their energy and sugar levels have gone down.”

Speaker Tuya had no option but to suspend Nyoro for two days while Gedi was suspended for a day for distributing “food in the chambers.”

"Hon. Nyoro, based on the standing orders 107 having misled the House…I order Hon. Nyoro be removed from precincts of Parliament for two days," ruled Tuya.

In a not so honourable debate, MPs were not even allowed to take water on the chambers, for fear of the bottles being used as weapons as it had been witnessed in the previous sitting.

At one time, Majority Leader Amos Kimunya was forced to seek refuge on the minority side as a section of MPs allied to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) MPs threatened to scuttle the debate.

Trouble started when Garissa Township MP Aden Duale's amendment to delete the provision seeking coalition parties to deposit their agreement with the registrar was negated.

The move angered UDA leaning MPs who claimed the vote was rigged and tried to stop Kimunya from moving to the next clause amid push and pull.

However, it was a win for the Azimio La Umoja team as all their amendments, including the reduction of time for depositing coalition party agreements to be reduced from 6 months to 120 days, were carried.

On the other hand it was blow after blow as amendments by the UDA leaning MPs were shot down despite a spirited fight.

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