In the new changes announced by Jubilee Party on Tuesday, May 26, the newly elected Majority Whip Irungu Kangata notified the Senate Speaker that Murkomen should replace Laikipia Senator John Kinyua who is being ousted for leaning towards Deputy President William Ruto and also opposing the removal of Murkomen as majority leader.
“I’m not interested… it’s too low.”
“I reject in totality being made a member of the Powers and Privileges Committee. I am not interested in the position. I am happy that I haven’t been removed because of my competency but because of political conmanship,” Cherargei lamented, in an interview with Citizen TV on Tuesday, May 26, adding that the changes were being made because they were aligned to DP William Ruto.
In a rejoinder, Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju, in an interview with Citizen TV on Tuesday night, May 26, reacted to the decision by the two Senators. Tuju explained that the two won’t face any sort of punishment for their decision, but sounded a warning on disloyalty and defiance.
“It is within their right to reject any position. I do not envisage any kind of punishment being accorded to them. The party gave them the opportunity to serve in two committees,” Tuju stated.
Divisions within Jubilee are set to pose a serious challenge in as far as voting along party lines is concerned.
“However, as for those who feel that they don’t want to toe the party line and the Majority Whip, there are various sanctions to punish them and certain disciplinary measures that we can undertake,” Tuju warned.
While rejecting the post, Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, who was de-whipped as Senate Majority Leader, criticized Jubilee’s move to replace Laikipia Senator John Kinyua who lost his position as the chairman of the Senate Devolution Committee, with Murkomen asked to replace him.
“This afternoon I learned from the media that I have been proposed to serve in the Senate Devolution Committee, in effect replacing Senator Kinyua who is being punished for standing with me. Accepting the position will be tantamount to repaying unstinting loyalty with spite and treachery,” Murkomen tweeted
Meru Senator Mithika Linturi, his Bomet and Nandi counterparts, Dr Christopher Langat and Samson Cherargei have also stripped off powers from several committees, demoted from Chairmanship to serve as committee members in the reshuffle announced by Senator Kang’ata on Tuesday, May 26.
Linturi was ejected from the vice-chairmanship of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee and the Senate Business Committee. He was moved to the Delegated Legislation to replace Majority Leader Samuel Poghisio
Langat and Cherargei lost the chairmanships of the Education the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee respectively. Cherargei was appointed a member of the Powers and Privileges Committee while Langat was asked to serve in the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC).
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