Kenya: MP Ndindi Nyoro Suspended From Parliament Over BBI Comments

President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga conclude a joint press conference about the country's growth, at Harambee House in Nairobi on March 9, 2018.

Kiharu Member of Parliament Ndindi Nyoro has been suspended from Parliament for four sittings after calling his colleagues sellouts, traitors and cowards during voting of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill on Thursday last week.

This means Mr Nyoro will not be entitled to a salary or allowance for those four sittings, and will not be allowed within the precincts of parliament as stipulated under Standing Order 110.

"A member who is ordered to withdraw under Standing Order 107 (gross disorderly conduct) or who is suspended from the service of the Assembly under Standing Order 108 shall forfeit all allowances payable during the period of such suspension," reads Standing Order 110.

Since it is his first time, the MP will be suspended for only four sittings. However, if Mr Nyoro commits the same offense again, he will be suspended for eight sittings and if he repeats it a third time, he will be suspended for 28 sittings.

House Speaker Justin Muturi on Thursday said the MP has been found guilty of remarks he made and therefore stands suspended.

"These people are required to be disciplined. This looseness to get cheap political mileage out there should be stopped," majority leader Amos Kimunya said.

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