In a day marred with high octane politics within the ruling Jubilee Party, Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen poked holes on a statement by his National Assembly counterpart Aden Duale, questioning his prowess and mastery of English language.
The two leaders had differed on Health Amendment Bill that was assented into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday. Procedural issues were raised by Murkomen, who felt that the Bill should have passed through Senate for approval.
The Bill now an Act of Parliament amends various laws among them the Pharmacy and Poisons Act Cap.244, the Nutritionists and Dieticians Act, 2007, the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Act Cap 253, the Nurses Act Cap. 252, the Kenya Medical Training College Act Cap. 261 and the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority Act, 2013.
"To my utter shock the Leader of Majority Party of the Senate, Senator Murkomen has been reported arguing that the Act was passed unprocedurally as it was never considered by the Senate as required by the Constitution. Never mind yesterday media was awash with pictures of Senator Murkomen standing next to the President assenting to the same Bill which he is now challenging how it was processed by the National Assembly.
"This is pure hypocrisy and one which requires to be treated with contempt!It is also worrying that such comments are coming from Senator Murkomen who is an advocate of the High Court," Duale had argued.
But Murkomen questioned Duale's writing, arguing that the statement must have been written by someone else. He also insisted that by virtue of ignoring the Senate, the Bill became an Act of National Assembly rather than parliament.
"This is not Aden Duale ‘s handwriting neither is it his English. The purported health laws Amendment Act having been passed without due regard to the Constitution especially Arts. 109 & 110 are unconstitutional and therefore null and void. It is not an act of Parliament but rather and act of National Assembly which is not recognized anywhere in the Republic of Kenya. It is therefore to be ignored and treated with the contempt it deserves," wrote Murkomen.
The two leaders are close allies of Deputy President William Ruto and serves in parliamentary leadership. For many years now, Senate and National Assembly have clashed over procedural issues in what is believed to be supremacy battles.