Drama ensued in the National Assembly on Thursday after Nyali MP Mohamed Ali walked into the chambers with a gun.
It first took the observant nature of Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo who noticed something bulging in Mohamed Ali’s back. He immediately reported Ali to House Speaker Justin Muturi.
“I am not aware that a member of Parliament is allowed to walk inside here with a gun. I have noticed Honourable Ali is carrying something in his back, if that is a gun, then we are not safe.
“I’ve noticed that MP Ali is carrying something resemblance of a gun. If that is indeed true then we are not safe,” said Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo.
MP Ali then owned to the mistake, pleading with the House to forgive him because he “forgot to leave my things outside.”
Even Speaker Muturi was shocked when Ali admitted that indeed he had carried a gun inside the chambers. He, however, gave MP Ali the chance to go and discard his gun outside the chambers.
But it was Elisha’s sentiments that angered Ali. The MP took issues as to why Elisha associated the gun incident with Tangatanga, a Jubilee faction that is allied to Deputy President William Ruto, a faction that Ali pledges allegiance to.
“It is good and wise to behave like gentlemen. We are al human beings and sometimes we forget to do some things. He [Elisha] could have approached me quietly, politely and tell me to surrender, rather than announce me on national televisions and making it a Tangatanga issue. Now my security is at risk,” opined a visibly angry Ali.
Parliament, both National Assembly and Senate, resumed sittings on Thursday. A new calendar now allows MPs to sit until late in the night.
The House will now have two sittings on Tuesday and three on Thursday beginning at 10 am to 9 pm with Wednesday now being an off day.