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Nasa, Jubilee MPs in scuffle over ‘bad joke’

Jubilee Party and National Super Alliance legislators were involved in a near-fist fight over a joke gone awry. The Nasa team disrupted Jubilee presser after the Senate Leader of Majority Kipchumba Murkomen claimed they were waiting for him to pay for their refreshments at Panafric Hotel, in Nairobi, yesterday.

Led by Mathare MP Antony Oluoch, the Nasa legislators also accused Murkomen of disrespecting their leader Raila Odinga in the presser. “The press conference is over. We paid for this venue. You cannot disrespect Raila while we are here,” he said.

The seemingly infuriated group cut short the press briefing whereby Murkomen castigated Nasa for forming a resistance movement, claiming the outfit was meant “to divide communities and create tribalism”. Rongo MP Paul Abour said Nasa Resistance Movement is not going to sit and watch as leaders insult their presidential candidate.

“In the last two months Jubilee has been campaigning while in military fatigue to intimidate us,” he alleged. Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja came to the rescue of Oluoch after a group of men roughed him up.

Before the confrontation, Murkomen had compared Nasa presidential candidate to Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a guerrilla group that formerly operated in Uganda.

Storming the event and grabbing the mic from Jubilee politician Jennifer Shamala, the Nasa politicians, among them Kibra MP Ken Okoth, stated that they cannot allow for Raila to be disrespected. Murkomen had also accused Raila of frustrating the repeat poll of yesterday by not withdrawn from the race.

“The Opposition leader has been frustrating the election after the Supreme Court ruling which nullified the victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta.” The senator said the boycott called by the Opposition leader had failed. “Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has been working under extreme condition instigated by the Nasa leadership.”

He claimed Raila had degenerated into a militia leader and damaged his legacy. “Voting today was not about your candidate of choice but about protecting democracy,” he said. Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa discounted the Opposition notion that voter turnout in yesterday’s election was 30 per cent. “The desperation in Nasa is aimed at igniting violence.

Today marks the hallmark of degeneration of Raila from a respected leader to a militia warlord,” he said. Murkomen faulted the postponement of election in Kisumu, Homa Bay, Siaya and Migori counties, saying some residents were willing to vote before hired goons blockaded polling stations.

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