On Wednesday, December 29th, the Kenyan parliament turned in to a fight zone. This took place during the debate on the Controversial Political Parties Amendment Bill, 2021.
At the sitting, things escalated during the heated debate. A section of opposing politicians exchanged bitter words which lead to a physical fight; Suba South MP, John Mbadi punched the Sigowet-Soin MP, Benard Koros, injuring his right eye.
After the incident, the parliamentary session was suspended for 15 minutes.
Belgut MP Nelson Koech tweeted about Koech’s injury, disclosing that the injured Member of Parliament had been admitted to the Nairobi Hospital, where he underwent surgery.
Shared images on social media, showed the member of paliarment in hospital bed with his right eye completely patched up.
The minority leader also sustained an injury, on his finger, as he covered it with an adhesive bandage after being ejected from the chambers.
He claimed that he had beed bitten by the Sigowet-Soin MP Benard Koros during the altercation.
Mbadi suspended from the parliament
After the parliamentary chaos, John Mbadi was suspended for five parliamentary sittings.
“Honourable Mbadi, you are hereby directed to leave the presence of this house for the gross disorder. You are ordered to withdraw immediately from the presence for a minimum of five days,” Christopher Omulele, the acting speaker ruled.
In his defence, Mbadi claimed Koros wanted to vote for a member who was absent against the direction of the speaker.
“When I tried to stop him, he bit my finger and I punched him as part of my self-defense. The speaker refused to give me time to explain what transpired. But because he is the speaker, I will abide by his ruling,” Mbadi said.