Confusion reigned in the National Assembly after Speaker Justin Muturi ruled to uphold the House decision on the 8 per cent fuel tax proposal by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
According to the speaker said that the MPs had passed the vote which was supported by two thirds of members of the National Assembly.
This did not go down well with MPs present from the “Nay” group opposed to the tax proposal after they seemed to have won they day through the acclamation vote earlier in the afternoon.
The MPs broke into chants and songs interrupting the speaker as he read what he termed as the officials records from the Hansard.
“I’m giving you the official record from the hansard; the hansard is not made by me. You can all deny but there will be no other official record of the proceedings of that time except this,” Muturi insisted.
The speaker had called for a 15-minute break for the vote review after members disputed the earlier outcome.
In a heated session earlier in the afternoon, the chambers was characterised by passionate exchanges and loud shouts as the amendments introduced by President Kenyatta were passed after those opposed to the proposals failed to reach the two thirds majority required.
Initially, the vote was passed through a voice vote but although the “nay” appeared to dominate, the clerk announced that the “yes” side had it.
It was then that Majority Leader Aden Duale marshalled the government side to rise up – an act that forces a ballot vote.
Jubilee MPs walked out during the final vote which requires at least 233 MPs to vote against the President’s memorandum.
When the roll call was later called, there were 215 MPs in the House forcing the clerk to declare the recommendation to have passed, without need for a vote.