The public was treated to drama as Kiharu Member of Parliament and DP Ruto ally, Ndindi Nyoro engaged National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi in a heated exchange.
The back-and-forth took place on the floor of the house on May 13, 2021 after the MP had been summoned by Speaker Muturi to answer to allegations for allegedly referring to a section of legislators as conmen during the heated BBI Bill debate.
The MP opted to explain himself rather than being confined to a Yes/No response that was prefered by the speaker, leading to the exchange.
“Members believe that you referred to them as conmen. If you didn’t say it, you didn’t. Just like Honourable Kuria said no,” Muturi asked.
The Kiharu legislator declined to give a Yes or No answer, insisting that the matter on the table was a weighty one that needed him to explain.
“Did you utter those words or did you not?” Muturi reiterated, interrupting the Kiharu MP.
“Mr speaker, I have gone through the standing orders and I don’t think anyone has the powers to dictate to me how to respond to summons,” Nyoro remarked.
Muturi dismissed the lawmakers claims, stating that the question was a matter of no or yes, not an opportunity to lecture parliament on the attributes of democracy and the rule of law.
“If you did not make the allegations just say, so,” Muturi maintained.
After a heated back and forth, the MP later accepted that he used the word to describe some of his colleagues during the heated debate.
“I actually referred to some people as cowards, traitors and sellouts. I actually did,” he said, adding that some are in parliament.
As a result, he was suspended for four sittings.