Members of County Assembly (MCA’s) of Nakuru learnt how to fight and engage in uncouth behavior from the National Assembly, Speaker Susan Kihika has sensationally said. As if reading from the lyrics of the song ‘I learned from the best’ by Whitney Houston, Kihika fell short of saying that they are not to blame for what happened last week when MCA’s engaged in a fight at the house.
“Let us also remember that we saw a similar thing at the National Assembly”, said Kihika adding that “it’s not that far from the realm.”
Kihika was speaking at a fund raising event at Kiamaina Primary School in aid of projects by women in Bahati Constituency that was attended by Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday. She however noted they were ashamed of what happened saying that they had resolved their issues. “We are now okay. We have it together. And we shall continue working as we have always done.”
There have been divisions at the assembly caused by a scramble for the seats of the Leader of Majority and Deputy Speaker. Last week the assembly elected Kiptagich MCA James Tuei as the new Deputy Speaker a day after impeaching Nessuit MCA Samuel Tonui. On the other hand a case in pending in court for the seat of the Leader of Majority for which Mosop MCA George Mwaura and Naivasha East MCA Samuel Waithuki are pulling and pushing each other.
Apparently Kihika spoke after Gatundu South Legislator Moses Kuria praised his Bahati counterpart Kimani Ngunjiri for taking part in the misconduct in National Assembly that the Nakuru MCA’s might have copied.
During the December 2014 scuffle, Ngunjiri is alleged to have bitten Dagoreti North legislator Simba Arati on his right hand thumb. While Ngunjiri has since said that he will do the same, Kuria said he would assist him.
“He is the Commander in Chief if the Jubilee Defense Forces. I am his deputy. I tell him what finger to bite,” said Kuria amid laughter from the crowd.
But Deputy President William Ruto cautioned the MCA’s against involving in such misconduct saying it was a disgrace. “Policies towards service to the public are planned intellectually, not physically with fists and fights,” Ruto said.
It will be noted that a section of MCA’s led by Stephen Kihara of Dundori had asked the President and his Deputy to intervene. Although the MCA’s have now promised to set aside their differences, reading from what the Speaker said as well as well as the comments by Kuria, or even the comments by Ngunjiri, it is clear that Kenyan leaders are least moved every time they misbehave in public.
If anything they are usually least remorseful perhaps because cases of misconduct brought before them rarely lead to any positive and fruitful end, that is, legally speaking.