Politicians exchange punches as a physical fight erupted between lawmaker Mike Sonko and Nairobi governor Evans Kidero at a Senate Public Accounts Committee sitting on Wednesday morning.
The commotion started out as a verbal exchange before escalating into a fight, forcing the committee to suddenly adjourn the meeting. The brawl started when the senator accused the governor of “murder”.
Kidero had come to take questions over the county’s financial spending for the 2013/14 financial year at the sitting. Then Sonko made a presentation on land rates in Nairobi, which he said were illegal. He appeared as a friend of the committee to present documents on the rates.
Nyamira Senator Kennedy Mong’are interrupted Sonko’s presentation describing it as “extraneous” and unsubstantiated. He said:
“Sonko, you cannot intimidate anyone here. The issues are extraneous and can be prosecuted elsewhere, not in this venue.”
In response, Sonko asked the Senator to take the “nonsense” to his county.
Sonko then started a fist fight with the governor during which he banged the table and accosted Mong’are, saying he had “seen” the Governor. Sonko alleged that a woman in Nairobi was kicked out of her Sh2 million property and “murdered by Kidero and his Chief of Staff George Wainaina”.
He presented a form which he said has the details of how the property’s ownership was transferred but the committee questioned its validity.
The Senator then shouted at Kidero saying:
“He is a murderer and I cannot withdraw that. I have video clips to prove that and I have no apologies to make.”
After the fight, in which Sonko claimed to have blocked several of the governor’s blow, the governor walked out saying he would return to answer the audit queries in a conducive environment.
The session was adjourned until further notice. Thereafter, Evans Kidero spokesman Beryl Okundi said the Nairobi governor has been to the hospital for a check-up after being punched by senator Mike Sonko.