Kaparo makes a dash to be sworn in as speaker.
The election of the Speaker to the National Assembly in the 10th parliament seems to have degenerated into a heated exchange. The SNO's office is constitutionally "the third most powerful in Kenya."
Government friendly MPs were in the house as early as 9am after word went round that ODM intended to occupy government benches. ODM's Raila Odinga is presently occupying the Official Opposition Leader's seat followed in line by the rest of the pentagon members.
The Clerk of the National Assembly is having a difficult time controlling PNU MPs who are raising points of order because ODM MPs have been showing their colleagues in opposition benches how they have voted and the government MPs are opposing this.
So far, as at 3.30pm, the Clerk of the National Assembly has not been able to make a ruling but he has proposed an adjournment so as "to consult". Although VP Kalonzo has accepted they have no objection to an adjournment, this proposal has been strongly resisted by ODM/NARC MPs who say the business of the house must be conducted in accordance to the law. PNU friendly MPs have obviously been caught with their pants down by ODM MPs' move to vote publicly so as identify any traitors amongst them who may have hoped to quietly vote for Kaparo in an secret ballot.
There is tight security in and around parliament and KTN are surprisingly broadcasting events in parliament through live transmission. No MP has been sworn-in so far, and this will only be done when the SNO is elected.
Updates to follow.