The Voting in of the Senate Speaker was marred in theatrics after Azimio Senators defected from taking part in the process after Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka withdrew from the speaker race.
According to Narok Senator, Ledama Ole kina issues arose from the sitting of the leaders within the House especially those leaders who defected from the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition.
As he questioned the move by senators under the United Democratic Movement (UDM) to sit on the same side as leaders elected under Kenya Kwanza affiliate parties created confusion in Senate.
“There a lot of things that need to be done for us to conduct a proper process. Some of our colleagues raised serious concerns and it would have been important for them to be cleared. We need school members to read their coalition agreement and other matters. Former Bungoma senator-elect, Moses Wetangula, resigned (to run for National Assembly speaker) and now we are tied at 23 senators each for Kenya Kwanza and Azimio La Umoja and we need to address that issue,” Ledama complained while addressing the media.
In his view, Ledama claimed that it was not yet time for the UDM members to cross the aisle yet, saying that crossing over can only be done after three months upon issuance of a 90-day notice.
Despite these issues, the clerk of the house Jeremiah Nyegenye called the house to order, announced commence of the process, directing the polling for voting of the Speaker of the Senate leader.
“In this regard, I want to draw to the attention of the senate and senators that this morning, Hon Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, withdrew his candidature of the speaker of the senate will not appear on the ballot paper,” the clerk, Jeremiah Nyegenye, announced.