Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata caused a stir in the Senate on Tuesday after logging into parliamentary proceedings from a bar contrary to House regulations.
Speaker Ken Lusaka was about to invite Senator Beatrice Kwamboka to speak when Kang’ata interrupted the session virtually seeking to make his remarks.
“Mr. Speaker I’m here. I’m online… My video is on,” Kang’ata was heard saying.
Senator Kang’ata could not be seen on the screen with the Speaker insisting that he must switch on his camera before reading his statement.
“We are not seeing you. We want to see you… put on your camera,” Speaker Lusaka said.
After fixing the camera, Kang’ata was now visible but the background showed he was in an entertainment joint.
There was a light moment after some of his colleagues were heard shouting that Kang’ata was at Sabina Joy, a nightclub in Nairobi CBD mainly known to be a brothel. Others said he was in a bar along Thika Road drinking.
“Mr. Speaker, he is in a bar. Mr. Speaker, he is in Sabina Joy,” a Senator was heard saying.
Kang’ata tried to defend himself, insisting he was in his office but the Speaker declined to allow him to speak.
“No no no that is not an office Senator Kang’ata. I’m sorry we cannot allow that. The rules are very clear on where you can be,” said Speaker Lusaka.