Speaker Muturi’s new order after Babu Owino-Jaguar fight
Speaker Muturi has issued fresh orders following the Owino-Jaguar brawl in Parliament.
Starehe MP Charles Njagua and his Embakasi East counterpart Babu Owino on Tuesday exchanged blows at the Parliament media centre.
Njagua has since asked the public, particularly the people of Starehe, to forgive him and promised never to be involved in such scuffles.
“I want to apologise to the public and the people of Starehe for what happened because I know they never elected me to fight but to work for them,” he said at a press conference in Parliament Buildings on Wednesday.
Following the incident, Speaker Muturi has now declared that no MP will be allowed to enter the National Assembly with a gun.
This is one of the stringent measures that the Speaker said will help secure members.
Speaking on the floor of the house, Muturi announced that concerns had been raised about security of the legislators.
He directed the Safety and Security department to ensure strangers - those who are not members of either the Senate or the National Assembly - are subjected to thorough security checks before being admitted into the precincts of Parliament.
“I wish to draw the attention of the House to concerns that have been raised with regard to the security and safety of members within the precincts of Parliament. Standing Orders numbers 99, 100 and 101 are explicit on maintenance of security and handling of firearms and other offensive weapons in the House,” he reiterated.
“The provisions of these Standing Orders are also echoed in the National Assembly Speaker’s Rules, which are regulations for the conduct of members in the House and orders regulating admission and conduct of visitors within the precincts of Parliament,” Muturi declared.
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