Politics and policy
Midiwo ejected from House for insulting MPs
Posted Tuesday, September 17 2013 at 21:20
Jubilee coalition MPs Tuesday successfully moved a Motion to suspend Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo for referring to them as “thieves” during a special session called to withdraw Kenya from the Rome Statute on September 5.
Kikuyu MP Antony Kimani demanded that Midiwo be named for calling MPs ‘‘thieves’’ and refusing to withdraw the statement or substantiate when challenged to do so by Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau.
Midiwo was ordered to keep off Parliament’s precincts for four sittings after Jubilee MPs polled 108 votes against Cord’s 91 votes. Two MPs Aden Duale and Amina Abdalla abstained.
Mr Midiwo will not enjoy any allowances, immunities and privileges accorded to him as the deputy minority leader of Cord during the suspension. This is the first time an MP has been suspended for gross disorderly conduct in the 11th Parliament.
A member who is named has to withdraw from the House immediately.
The suspension, according to the Standing Order 110 (1), consigns a member to four sitting days absence including the day of suspension for a first offender, a second offender gets eight days suspension while a third attract 28 days.
Immediately after the suspension, Cord MPs walked out in solidarity with Midiwo and held an impromptu press conference where they accused the Speaker , Justin Muturi, of exhibiting bias while conducting House business.
During the heated debate on the Rome Statute in which Cord members walked out, Mr Midiwo said the Kenyan judiciary could not be trusted and that is why MPs in the 10th Parliament had opted for the International Criminal Court route.
The debate on whether or not Kenya should withdraw from the international criminal justice system divided the House right down the middle.
Leader of Majority Party in the House Aden Duale initiated the motion asking the government to take appropriate steps within 30 days to withdraw the country from the International Criminal Court.
The House resolved that a Bill be introduced during the said period to repeal the International Crimes Act which domesticated the Rome Statute.
The decision was taken days before Deputy President William Ruto and radio journalist Joshua Arap Sang were due to travel to the ICC to face charges of crimes against humanity following the 2007/08 post-election violence that saw over 1100 Kenyans killed and some 650,000 displaced from their homes.
The duo on Tuesday faced their accusers for the first time when the prosecuted presented its first witness in the case.
Mr Ruto and Sang case is expected to run until October 4th before the court takes a break.
The case facing President Uhuru Kenyatta is due to commence on November 12.