Nominated Senator Elizabeth Ongoro (left) and Janet Ongera

By Roselyne Obala and Antony Gitonga

Naivasha, Kenya: In a surprise twist, CORD National Assembly and Senate members were treated to a rare spectacle after two leaders engaged in a fight.

Nominated Senators Elizabeth Ongoro and Janet Ongera amazed their colleagues as they exchanged blows over the Deputy Chief Whip position. After failing to agree on who they should support among themselves, the legislators resolved to vote for their preferred candidate, where Ongoro emerged the winner.

However, ODM party preferred Ongera arguing that it was in the interest of regional balance after they settled on Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze to be Minority Leader in the August House in an acting capacity awaiting Kalonzo’s possible comeback. MP Jakoyo Midiwo is the Deputy Minority Leader.

Ongoro accused Ongera of being behind the scheme. Ongera, however, did not take the accusations lightly, wasting no chance to fight back.

She attacked Ongoro injuring her in the process. Funyula MP Paul Otuoma who was chairing the session was not spared. Ongoro sustained injuries on the neck, while Ongera boycotted the exercise and left the venue.

“I have won, ask the other person (Ongoro),” maintained Ongera, as she drove off.

Later, co-chair of CORD’s executive board ODM Dalmas Otieno announced Ongera as the Deputy Chief Whip. Efforts by Ongoro to challenge the decision fell on deaf ears as Otieno, who is also the Rongo MP, ordered her to shut up. Tigania East MP Mburia Mburia condemned the legislators’ acts, terming them as demeaning.

“Legislators should not fight. They are respected personalities. What we want is to stay in peace,” stated the MP, adding that they were behaving like sugarcane thieves.

Inside sources disclosed to The Standard that legislators overwhelmingly voted for Ongoro.