Revenue formula debate adjourned following protests over arrest of three Senators


The ninth sitting of the Senate on the revenue allocation formula has been adjourned following the arrest of three Senators.

Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei sought an adjournment following reports of the arrest of Bomet legislator Christopher Langat, his Samburu counterpart Ltumbesi Lelegwe and Kakamega’s Cleophas Malala.

Senators, led by Kipchumba Mukomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho), Mutula Kilonzo (Makueni) and Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi), seconded the adjournment saying the arrests were unnecessary and unlawful.

They expressed concern over the safety of the three saying it was impossible for the debate to continue without an assurance of their security and well-being.

Senate Majority Leader Samuel Poghisio and Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata as well as Minority Leader James Orengo also supported the adjournment.

The House was adjourned until 2:30pm and the security committee directed to investigate and report on the whereabouts of the three Senators.

Police officers had camped outside the homes of Senator Langat and Malala for the better part of Sunday night and Monday morning.