CORD Mps thrown out of Parliament for disrupting President Uhuru

CORD Mps thrown out of Parliament for disrupting President Uhuru

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Ugunja Constituency Legislator Opiyo Wandayi (ODM) being led out of parliament. PHOTO: BARAKA FM

Nairobi,KENYA:A section of CORD MPs on Thursday made good their threat by briefly disrupting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s state of the nation address to parliament.

The opposition legislators had earlier vowed to disrupt the address to parliament.

The MPs, led by Ugunja Constituency Legislator Opiyo Wandayi (ODM),constantly blew whistles as president Uhuru rose from his seat to start the live address.

Calls for order by the Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi fell on deaf ears as the Mps continued blowing their whistles whenever the president arose to speak, forcing him to go back to sit.

Jubilee Mps reacted angrily to their colleague’s interruptions of the president with several Mps overheard telling off the opposition.

However, when the situation threatened to get out of hand with constant whistling, Speaker Muturi ordered parliamentary orderlies to throw the “troublemakers” MPs out of the chamber, citing Parliamentary standing orders.

The speaker also ordered the sergeant- at -arms to eject nominated MP Millie Odhiambo, Homabay Senator Tom Kajwang’ and Dagoretti North Mp Simba Arati out of the chambers.

“I order the sergeant at arms to forcefully remove Honourable Opiyo Wandayi from the chamber’,said Muturi.

Speaker Muturi invited bemused president Uhuru to continue with the state of the nation address after order was restored in the chambers.

The president laughed off the incident saying “lets us continue after being entertained” to a thunderous laughter and applause from Mps in the chamber.

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In the address, president Uhuru vowed to tackle high level corruption, saying there will be no sacred cows in the fight.

He also outlined development measures he said his government was keen to achieve, including commissioning the multi-billion standard gauge railway project -SGR between Mombasa-Nairobi in June 2017.