National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale and his Senate counterpart Kipchumba Murkomen exchange verbal jabs.

The disagreement between the two has increased the rivalry between the Senate and the National Assembly.

This feud was brought about by the Health Law (Amendment Bill 2018) where Murkomen accused Duale and the National Assembly of sidelining the Senate in the legislation.

According to Senator Murkomen, the actions by the National Assembly were an attempt to 'muscle out the responsibility of the Senate as an institution.'

Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen

Words exchanged

He further went off on Duale and the National Assembly for inviting him for the signing of a wrong bill.

"I was invited to State House to witness the President sign into law, the Assumption of the office of County Governor Bill. This Bill originated from the Senate. I discovered at State House that Hon Aden Duale was also invited on behalf of NA having passed some Health laws (Amendment) Bill," Murkomen said on his Twitter account.

However, Duale did not take Murkomen’s remarks well and hit out at the Elgeyo Marakwet Senator for his complaints.

Mediation teams formed

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale

"Why go to State House to take a photo with the President while signing a bill and then come back crying like a small kid?" posed Duale.

"The Bill was passed by the National Assembly last year in December and was returned with President's Reservations on few items of the Bill…,” he said defending the bill.

The battle pitting the Senate against the National Assembly prompted Speakers Kenneth Lusaka and Justin Muturi to select mediation teams to resolve the stalemate.