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On Thursday, May 9, the Senate encountered an unexpected hurdle as a power blackout disrupted its proceedings. Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna announced the suspension of the sittings due to the lack of electricity, without clarifying whether the session would resume if power was restored. “We have had to suspend sittings of the Senate because there is no power in Parliament,” Sifuna disclosed.

With the sudden darkness, Senators resorted to using their smartphone flashlights, albeit unsuccessfully, as the situation turned into a moment of jest and banter among legislators. Opposition members initiated chants of “Ruto Must Go,” met with responses from ruling party members chanting “Raila Must Go.”

Interestingly, the blackout coincided with National Assembly members debating an impeachment motion against Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi. Despite the investigation into the handling of the fake fertilizer case, opposition members refrained from chanting “Linturi Must Go,” a contrast to the previous week’s impeachment motion approval where such chants were heard.

Questions arose regarding the Senate’s lack of backup power, critical for lighting and streaming proceedings. Kenya Power’s response regarding the blackout’s cause or whether it was part of scheduled maintenance remained pending.

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