Azimio MP Suspended From Parliament for Criticising Ruto’s State of the Nation Address


Parliament on Tuesday afternoon witnessed a heated debate as legislators shared their views on the State of the Nation Address delivered by President William Ruto last week.

Kilifi South MP Ken Chonga found himself on the wrong side after he was kicked out of the house over remarks he made on the Majority Leader, his deputy, and the Kenya Kwanza administration.

The Kilifi South legislator took to the floor of the house to criticise President William Ruto, claiming that much of his remarks were not true.

”Hon Chonga you did not have the mic and you have decided to speak then you will stay away from the house for the next two sittings,” Deputy Speaker Gladys Shollei stated.

The current Kilifi South MP Ken Chonga

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MPs allied to Kenya Kwanza including John Kiarie and Majority leader Kimani Ichung’wah rose on point of orders asking that the MP withdraw his remarks or be kicked out of the house.

John Kiarie, the MP for Dagoretti South was the first to rise on a point of order stating that MP Chonga had used unparliamentary language.

”Is it in order for him to say that we are speaking lies here, the President is speaking lies,” MP Kiarie noted.

”We are degrading the dignity of this house by allowing members to utter careless statements without substantiating, without giving facts, give us a statement of facts of what is the leader of the majority said or his deputy said that was untrue,” Kimani Ichung’wah remarked.

Shollei demanded that the MP withdraw his statement but the orders fell on deaf ears as he declined.

But MP Chonga stated that his sentiments were misunderstood.  

Shollei, however, dismissed his response stating that he had made it worse by restating what he was supposed to withdraw.

The MP will now miss the next two sittings. 

National Assembly Deputy Speaker and Uasin Gishu Women Representative Gladys Shollei during a parliamentary group meeting on September 7 2022, at the Official Residence of the Deputy President in Karen.

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