When Kalonzo Musyoka, head of the opposition Wiper Party, withdrew his name from consideration for speaker, senators from the Azimio group walked out in protest.
The senator from Narok, Ledama ole Kina, was the first of the Azimio-allied politicians to leave the chamber before the vote even began.
Senator for Narok Ledama Ole Kina addressed the media and said that questions needed to be answered before a speaker could be chosen.
As Ole Kina pointed out, senators affiliated with the United Democratic Movement (UDM) sitting next to leaders elected from Kenya Kwanza affiliate parties has caused some confusion in the Senate.
When UDM senator Ali Roba of Mandera defected to the Kenya Kwanza party, Azimio accused him of breaking the terms of their coalition agreement.
Nyegenye, however, brought the assembly to order and said that the proceedings would proceed as scheduled. He gave the order that the two booths set up on the left and right sides of the chambers would be used for voting.