On Thursday, October 6, members of Kenya‘s National Assembly came dangerously close to fighting over whose party had the majority in the house.
Confusion began when Speaker Moses Wetang’ula declared that the ruling Kenya Kwanza coalition had the majority over the Azimio La Umoja-One Kenya alliance.
The argument that almost descended into violence was brought on by his decision to include 14 MPs who had previously run for office under the Azimio banner but converted to Kenya Kwanza after the elections on August 9.
The Speaker came to this conclusion after reading a judgement on the status of both coalitions: “As a result, I am certain that Kenya Kwanza, which now has 179 members overall and 157 in Azimio, is comprised of the 14 MPs and their parties. This shows that Azimio is the minority party while Kenya Kwanza is the majority party.”
Videos at one point showed a member of the legislature attempting to steal the mace, while at another the Speaker was subjected to heckling as he left the floor after issuing his decision.
The National Assembly is anticipated to review President William Ruto’s cabinet nominees, and the outcome will decide how smoothly or not the process goes.