- The ward representatives had returned to the assembly from one hour lunch break
- Debate was ongoing when the Speaker noticed some members were in a heated argument
- One of them revealed his colleague had polluted the air and it was so intense
- The Speaker ordered sergeant at arms to spray air freshener to save the situation
Heated proceedings at a Kenyan Homa Bay county assembly about market stalls were temporarily brought to a standstill after one of the ward representatives farted during debate on Wednesday, 7 August, 2019.
It was a hot afternoon and members had just returned from lunch break with a majority of them flapping pieces of papers to cool themselves.
Homa Bay Town East MCA, Juma Awuor, was on the floor debating about lack of sheds in the local markets when the presiding Speaker Edwin Kakach interrupted the session, reports say.
So intense was the smell that the Speaker asked Awuor to stop his contribution to the debate after he saw a group of male MCAs who were in a heated argument while pointing fingers at each other.
Central Karachuonyo MCA Julius Gaya stood up and decided to clear the air over the standoff.
“Mr speaker, one of us has polluted the air and I know who it is,” he said.
While pointing a finger at one of his colleagues, Gaya accused him of farting in the assembly but the accused ward representative denied the allegations.
“I am not the one. I cannot do such a thing in front of my colleagues,” he told the Speaker.
As members were suffocating from the pungent smell, the Speaker ordered sergeant at arm to quickly bring in air fresheners.
“Let the sergeant spray the air with fresheners to make it pleasant. Get whatever flavor you will find in any office, whether it’s vanilla or strawberry. We cannot continue sitting in an environment that smells bad,” Kakach ordered.
But as the sergeant at arm ran up and down combing through offices looking for containers of air fresheners, the stench smell was long gone and proceedings went on.
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