MP left with cut on his face as fistfight erupts in parliament during Political Parties Bill debate
Parliamentary proceedings were paralysed on Wednesday afternoon for about 10 minutes after Members of Parliament (MPs) engaged in a fistfight over the contagious Political Parties (Amendment) Bill.
The MPs differed during voting on Clause Six of the Bill that seeks to provide for a procedure to be followed during registration of a coalition political party.
The amendment on the clause was introduced by Kandara MP Alice Wahome who is a fierce defender of Deputy President William Ruto.
During the chaos, Sigowet-Soin MP Kipsengeret Koros suffered a cut on the face.
MPs also sprinkled water on each other during the melee.
Pro-Ruto legislators suspect the new amendment to the Political Parties Act is meant to pave way for Raila Odinga's Azimio la Umoja Movement to be registered as a coalition party ahead of 2022.
Ruto on Tuesday while on a local television station asked his troops in Parliament to reject the Bill.
“Political parties are independent and free to conduct their nomination exercises. Let us stop creating an imperial Registrar of Political Parties on Kenyans,” Ruto said.