National Assembly Fire: Senate Adjourns Sitting


A section of the technical room of the National Assembly's Senate wing is now on fire.

The sitting was adjourned till Tuesday, February 20, 2018, accordingly.

Findings showed that the air conditioner in chamber broke down on Wednesday.

Senators were forced out of the place as National Assembly workers, security operatives, as well as visitors were seen scampering for safety. Fire service men promptly mobilised to deal with the situation.

To allow the development to be controlled, Senator Ibrahim Gobi raised a "Point of Order", calling for adjournment of plenary. He stated that the atmosphere in the chamber was unbearable and not conducive, and asked for the plenary session to be suspended.

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As at the time of filing the report no one was hurt in the incident.

The main building houses the chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

It was learnt that there was a spark at the technical room, which resulted in the smoke and a possible outbreak of fire.

The cause of the fire is not yet known but there are spirited attempts to put it out.

The smoke quickly spread even into the chamber, forcing the lawmakers to feel uncomfortable.