Kenya: Azimio Mounts Spirited Fight to Stop Kuria’s Senate Appearance, Files Censure Bid

Nairobi — Azimio Senators stormed out of Wednesday’s morning Senate sitting in protest of Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria’s appearance, plunging the house into a temporary quorum hitch.

Opposition Senators walked out in protest of Kuria’s appearance in the plenary before consideration of a censure motion over his weaponized outburst against the media.

The walkout was prompted by a decision by Senate Speaker Amason Kingi disallowing attempts to have the said motion debated saying it was yet to filed procedurally.

“As far as am concerned am not aware of any motion that [Senator] Sifuna has submitted. Having not seen this particular motion it cannot be a subject of discussion of the floor today. Even if it was submitted to the office of the Speaker it may be admissible or not admissible,” the Speaker asserted.

Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna said he had sponsored a censure motion citing Kuria for misconduct .

The Nairobi Senator said failure to challenge and reprimand Kuria’s actions could impede media freedom.

“I rise to seek guidance on whether a person who is a subject to a motion of censure that has already been filed before this house can again appear prior to the motion on censure being dispensed,” he said.

“That motion will be prejudiced by the appearance of that person before we have dispensed the matter,” he added.


Sifuna had argued that the Trade CS might take a chance to explain and exonerate himself from the accusations against him.