Drama was witnessed today Wednesday July 1 at the precincts of Senate, after two female senators traded blows during the election of the vice chair of the Senate Health Committee.
The two senators Beatrice Kwamboka and Mary Seneta are said to have started the fist fight, moments after Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina was declared winner of the contested election that pitted him against Seneta.
The incident was supposedly stirred by Deputy Majority Whip Farhiya Ali’s dispute over the election and allegedly demanded its postponement.
Ali had been accused of forging the Signature of Senator Milicent Omanga who was absent, to appear that she supported Seneta but it was not immediately clear which candidate Omanga was backing.
The alleged forgery of the signature triggered a bitter altercation between Kwamboka, who is the Deputy Minority Whip, and Seneta, leading to a physical fight that forced the meeting to end prematurely.
“You cannot tell me anything, I’m in Raila Odinga’s team and I am in the leadership, I will deal with you,” Kwamboka charged as she went for neck of Seneta.
Speaking to journalists’ moments after the confrontation, Ole Kina expressed disappointment over the events, which come barely two months after he was unceremoniously removed from the County Public and Investment Committee by his party ODM.
“How come I always have problems in every committee I am elected to lead? I was elected the chair of CPAIC; I was kicked out and now vice chair of health committee” Ole Kina lamented.
During the polls, Senator Michael Mbito (Transnzoia) was elected as the chair of the committee unopposed.
The election of vice chair was deferred following the chaos.