MP Ndindi Nyoro Suspended for ‘bribery in parliament’ remarks
Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro has been suspended from the August House for 4 consecutive sittings after admitting to making disparaging remarks about some legislators without a substantive motion.
During the Thursday afternoon sitting, any member was at liberty to move a motion for the suspension of the member.
“I urge you to read the Hansard, and do not name a member in the plenary without a substantive motion, or you will be in violation of House standing orders,” the Speaker said.
Majority Whip Emmanuel Wangwe proposed the motion, which was seconded by his deputy Maoka Maore.
During the fractious session, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and his Kiharu counterpart were called to defend themselves against the allegations which apparently exposed the House to ridicule.
The two were cited for remarks they made: that legislators were ‘paid Ksh. 100,000 to vote for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI)’ when the report was tabled in the August House last week.
When he took the floor, the Kiharu MP accused some legislators of cowardice and betrayal of the electorate without equivocation.
“I called them not only sellouts and cowards, but also intimidated, and now I call them sycophants who betrayed Kenyans,” Nyoro said.
The legislator also threatened to present evidence in front of the House to back up his claims of bribery, dishonesty, and State capture.
The session then turned chaotic when Gatundu South legislator Moses Kuria rose to make his statement.
Kuria had earlier been summoned by parliament for disorderly conduct after telling BBC on Thursday that bribes are handed out at the office of the Majority Leader.
He was however not given the opportunity to explain the mystery surrounding the cash; instead, Speaker Muturi dressed him down.
Despite the dramatic incident, Moses Kuria was cleared of the charges against him after claiming that he did not make them within the confines of parliament.
“Kuria is free to make whatever remarks he wants, and since I haven’t heard them here, there are no further proceedings against Mr Kuria,” Speaker Muturi said.
With regards to the wad of cash that Kuria had presented in the House, the Speaker stated that he was not in a position to advise the lawmaker about his money.
“As far as I’m concerned, that’s his money, and he’s free to do whatever he wants with it, including donating it to a charity in Kamukunji,” the Speaker said.
Speaker Muturi however exonerated Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria after the latter denied saying MPs were bribed to vote for BBI.
Majority whip Emmanuel Wangwe moved a motion to suspend the member.
Deputy Whip Maoka Maore seconded the motion after the speaker invoked Standing Orders 108.
The MP will be barred from the precincts of the House, including his office for four days.
Muturi urged MPs to treat one another with respect and avoid incidents that disparage any member.
“Any utterances that disparage a member affects not only the member but the entire House. You wouldn’t want to be part of the very House whose standing you have put into disrepute,” the speaker said.
Nyoro made the utterances during the Constitution Amendment Bill, 2020 vote last Thursday, and restated the same on Wednesday saying he had evidence members were compromised.