Questions arise as Wiper MP takes oath with oxygen tank

A visibly ailing Nyenze had a gas line attached to him

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Francis Nyenze
Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze. PHOTO: CHRISPINUS WEKESA/THE STAR

On Thursday, August 31, a day after their orientation, MPs were sworn in to the 12th Parliament, two weeks after the Tuesday, August 8 General Election.

Clerks had a busy day swearing in 290 elected Members of Parliament, 12 nominated parliamentarians and 47 Women Representatives all of whom officially took office after the hours-long exercise.

Justice Muturi
File photo of Speaker Justin Muturi at Parliament building. /COURTESY

A day earlier, on Wednesday, August 30, during orientation, the legislators were briefed on the order to be used yesterday.

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The physically disabled were allowed to take the oath of office first followed by those who have served for the most years in Parliament.

But one leader and a familiar face was among the very first to be sworn in. Vocal re-elected Kitui West Member of Parliament (Wiper Party) was sworn in while on oxygen.

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When he walked towards the clerks, Nyenze had a gas line hooked unto him, he breathlessly persevered through his swearing in oath and returned to his seat escorted by a Parliament employee.

The MP will be remembered for openly rebelling¬† against his party leader and Nasa co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka for giving up his presidential ambitions too easily to ODM’s Raila Odinga.

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Shortly after taking the oath, the leaders chose their Speaker although the National Super Alliance MPs made good their threat and boycotted the elections. Justin Muturi was reelected for the position.

Watch Nyenze taking the oath, courtesy of NTV: