Uasin Gishu MCAs exchange blows over Chief Officer nominee’s vetting report.

A section of members of Uasin Gishu County Assembly turned the legislative house into a dishonourable place after engaging in a fierce fist fight.

The scuffle begun when two MCAs felt a battle of wits was not enough to address a contentious issue on the floor and went at each other physically.

A source at the Assembly who sought anonymity said the two MCAs Edwin Maraswa (Kapseret) and Julius Songok (Tulwet/Chuiyat) fought during a heated discussion on Wednesday over the suitability of Ann Koech who has been nominated to be the Chief officer for Devolution and Public Service.

It is reported that the MCAs present during the debate could not agree on whether the nominee should be approved or not.

The two MCAs, however, engaged in a heated debate that later saw them exchange blows.

During the vetting process, a petition had been filed challenging Koech’s suitability to hold the position over claims of irregular employment of county staff and being too old.

Maraswo strongly opposed the approval of Koech saying she had a lot of integrity queries thus unsuitable to hold public office.

Songok, a member of the PSM committee on the other hand argued vigorously in defence of the nominated Chief Officer saying she had satisfactorily gone through all vetting parameters thus suitable to take oath of office.

The vetting committee was at some point forced to postpone the exercise and schedule it for a later date.

Langas MCA Francis Muya condemned the incident saying it was unfortunate for the two to engage in a fight and yet the issue could have been solved amicably.

“I have never thought such an incident could happen at our assembly and I know wherever they are, they are regretting their deeds,” said Muya.

According to Muya, the house became ungovernable and the session had to be stopped for a while to allow MCAs broker a truce between the two enraged legislators.

When the session resumed, Speaker David Kiplagat ruled that proponents of Koech’s approval had carried the day.

Leader of Majority Josphat Lowoi backed the report saying it was approved at the assembly through acclamation process and the nominee had been endorsed according to required procedures.

Sources within the assembly said four MCAs disputed the results and made the legislative house ungovernable thus impossible to hold a voting session.

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