Senators Protest in Style as Revenue Formula Debate Postponed [VIDEO]

  • Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen holds his cap in the Senate on September 8, 2020
    Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen holds his cap in the Senate on September 8, 2020
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  • A highly anticipated 10th sitting of the Senate to debate the third generation revenue formula failed to take off on Tuesday, September 8.

    Senators on the 12-member committee tasked with crafting the report, including Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, opposed the listing of the revenue debate on the day's order paper.

    The debate on the revenue formula was postponed to Monday, September 14, with reports indicating that the select committee was yet to find consensus on the formula.

    Senators opposed to the formula, however, used special combat style caps to drive their message home, drawing condemnation from a section of Senators.

    Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka makes his way to the chambers on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 donning protective gear
    Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka makes his way to the chambers on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 donning protective gear
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    Speaker Ken Lusaka was forced to intervene and issued a ruling directing that they take off the caps after heated protests.

    The combat green caps featured a fist symbol, associated with resistance and a 'Team Kenya' inscription.

    They were worn by, among others, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Minority Whip Mutula Kilonzo.

    Both Senators are aligned with the 'Team Kenya' faction which has vehemently opposed the formula.

    Others in the faction include Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina, Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala and Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja among several other leaders.

    Those opposed to the formula argue that its focus on population will lead to further marginalisation of historically marginalised counties, particularly in North Eastern Kenya and the Coast.

    Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula was among those who opposed the caps, advising the group to take activism to the streets.

    He described the move by the Senators to wear the caps as demeaning to the Senate.

    "We must maintain decorum in this house," he asserted, advising Lusaka to rule on the issue.

    Sakaja had sparked confusion on the revenue formula debate after he took to Twitter to voice his opposition to the listing of the debate on the order paper.

    "No. Sio leo (Not today)," he wrote in response to the Senate announcement.

    Watch the proceedings below: