• Deputy President William Ruto suffered another massive loss in the National Assembly on Wednesday, January 5, after Members of the National Assembly ganged up to oppose amendments fronted by his allies.

    Garissa Town MP Aden Duale proposed an amendment to Clause Eight of the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill and Members of the National Assembly, by the majority, voted to reject the amendments. 

    The amendment by Duale received 104 ayes and 128 nays who rejected the motion.

    Nambale MP Sakwa Bunyasi proposed an amendment to Clause Eight (C) of the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill and he was backed by Ruto’s allies.

    MPs Kimani Ichungwa and Ndindi Nyoro accompanying John Nguguna for his Swearing-In on August 4 2021
    MPs Kimani Ichungwa and Ndindi Nyoro accompanying John Nguguna for his Swearing-In on August 4 2021
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    But lawmakers by the majority, rejected the amendments, with 111 ayes and 132 nays.

    Saku MP Raso Dido was also met with rejections when he proposed amendments to Clause Nine of the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill. MPs voted by the majority to reject the motion. Dido’s amendment received 128 ayes, 158 nays and 2 abstentions.

    Kiminini lawmaker Didmus Barasa proposed amendments to Clause Ten of the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill which received 131 ayes, 163 nays and zero abstentions.

    His Kikuyu counterpart Kimani Ichungwa proposed amendments to Clause Ten of the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill which was rejected by MPs allied to Azimio La Umoja. The amendment received 123 ayes, 154 nays and zero abstentions.

    All these amendments were fronted by DP Ruto’s allies and shut down by ODM leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s allies who came together to block the motions.

    Chaos also erupted in the National Assembly after Members opposed to the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill 2021 disrupted the session and roughed up the Majority Leader, Amos Kimunya.

    The violent altercations erupted when Kimunya took to the floor to move an amendment to the Bill.

    During the Wednesday, January 5, session Speaker Jessica Mbalu, was forced to intervene after MPs moved too close and started attacking Kimunya.

    The Sergeants at Arms were directed by the session Speaker to protect Kimunya so that he can move his amendments.

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    Kipipiri MP Amos Kimunya addressing the press After a Jubilee PG Meeting at KICC on Monday, June 22, 2020
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