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Scourging Magadi Heat Forces Speaker to Bend Rules

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At the lowest, temperatures stood at 30 degrees centigrade in Magadi town as the County Assembly members were about their Mashinani session on Wednesday.

Kajiado County Assembly (Bunge Mashinani) in Magadi on Wednesday evening.

Rules of engagement provided in the county assembly demands that MCAs must dress in official attire that accompanies ties and coats at all times in the House. The same applies where the House sits in Mashinani assemblies.

A handful MCAs from the Assembly had just arrived in a convoy of fuel guzzlers fitted with air conditioners to Magadi Cinema Hall for the start of business. With air-conditioned cars, most of them had a rude shock of their lives to step out

As the ward reps descended from their vehicles, the local residents who had waited for hours on end to meet their elected leaders were not amused to see sweating honourable members.

They were happy that their leaders are having a test of the heat they have suffered through generations under squalid hardship conditions as water shortage and drought continue to remain their number problem.

At 2.30 pm approaches, the usual county assembly bell rang to alert the general public that the speaker, Johnson Osoi, is arriving.

Osoi was clad in his official attire that included the gown and a headgear. A thin line of sweat was physical on his face as honourable MCAs donned official suits and ties.

As usual, the speaker conducted a short prayer lasting one and half minutes and instead of moving to the next item as per the standards of the House, rushed to invoke a standing order that would save him and his entire team from drowning in their sweat.

“Hon Members, in the spirit of standing against this unbecoming high temperature, let me rule that it is not necessary that we appear here in our gowns, coats, and ties. To be able to engage in our business today, let us remove them,” said Osoi as he showed how to do it.

Osoi, in a fraction of a second, threw away all that was weighing him down under the Magadi heat as members of the public appeared to enjoy the scenes created by MCAs in throwing their courts around.

As the House debate and motions took to the floor, Kaputiei North MCA Joshua Olowuasa stood to support a motion brought to the House by Magadi MCA, Joseph Masiaya but was cut down by a point of order from nominated member Mario Pepeon, who claimed he was improperly dressed.

“Mr. Speaker Sir is it in order for Honourable Olowuasa to address the chair on the floor of this House with the un-tucked shirt?” she asked.

Olowuasa denied the allegations and preceded after the speaker was satisfied that the MCA actually was not seen by any other members with the un-tucked shirt.

There was a lot of resistance from male MCAs in accepting the tabling of a policy report for the eradication of female genital mutilation.

Imaroro MCA, Amos Peshut said the policy report presented by nominated MCA Yvonne Tonkei should be properly refined.

Other male MCAs said they could not understand the difference between genital mutilation and circumcision, and therefore the two phrases should be harmonized and explained before the report is brought back to the assembly.

Masiaya called on the speaker not to allow the tabling of the report until some of the issues in the report are refined.

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