There was drama at the Legislative Summit on Wednesday after angry MCAs threatened to beat up Homa Bay senator Moses Kajwang’.
The ward representatives accused the legislator of disrespecting them after he suggested that “they need English lessons”.
The MCAs had demanded that Kajwang’ declares his stand concerning the County Ward Development Equalisation Bill, 2018.
The legislation seeks to establish Sh21.8 billion fund at the ward level.
Kajwang’ has been opposed to the bill as it is saying if passed, it will mean the Senate interferes with the budget-making process of the county, a function supposed to be done by MCAs.
He wants some aspects of the bill amended before being passed, adding that he supports the intention of the bill.
On Wednesday, he said told the MCAs: “If you need some English lessons on differences between prescriptive and descriptive, that is something that we can discuss.”
The comment did not go well with the county legislators who started walking out amid jeers with some threatening to ‘manhandle’ the senator.
“Kajwang’ is belittling assemblies. There is this notion that MCAs and just former municipal councillors and that they have no capacity,” Stanley Karanja of Nakuru said.
“Some of us are teachers, lawyers and doctors,” the Nakuru county assembly majority leader
Karanja said Senators need to know that being in the August House does not make them any better than MCAs.
“We perform the same functions much as it is at different levels. That does not mean we do not have thinking capacity.”
“Kajwang thinks that we are tabula rasa, which is not the case,” the MCA added calling upon leaders to respect each other.
The MCAs wanted Kajwang’ to withdraw his statement and apologise to them.
But the Senator insisted he stood by his sentiments.
“I maintain my position and no amount of intimidation shall push me away from that,” the Senator said.
It took the intervention of Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen to calm the MCAs down.
Murkomen said it unfair to ask Kajwang to apologise for something that has been misunderstood.
“This is a matter that needs sober minds,” he said.
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