Monday May 25, 2020 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for another Jubilee Parliamentary Group meeting on June 2nd ostensibly to kick out Deputy President William Ruto’s allies from leadership positions in the National Assembly.
This comes after another PG meeting saw the removal of Kipchumba Murkomen and Susan Kihika as Majority Leader and Majority Whip in the Senate respectively.
Senator Kithure Kindiki was also axed as the Senate’s Deputy Speaker over his association with Ruto.
However, a few defiant MPs allied to Ruto are still talking tough.
Yesterday, the DP’s foremost confidante, Soy MP, Caleb Kositany, said Ruto’s allies will attend the meeting if they are invited and skip it altogether if they are not.
“If they do not invite us and it (the meeting) is convened at State House, there is no way we will attend,” he said.
He said during the meeting, the MPs will push for a vote on every resolution, and that they will not simply rubber-stamp every resolution.
Kositany, who is the Jubilee Party’s Deputy Secretary-General, has been on the warpath with his boss, Raphael Tuju, challenging every communication the Secretary-General makes.
This time, Kositany queried why notices for the PG meeting were not being sent through the whip’s office.
“Cabinet Secretaries, Chief Administrative Secretaries and Principal Secretaries from certain regions have been calling MPs from their areas to ask them if they will attend the PG,” claimed Kositany.
Among those on Uhuru’s chopping board include Majority Whip Ben Washiali (Mumias East), Deputy Whip, Cecily Mbarire (Nominated) and Budget and Appropriation Committee chairman, Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu).
According to sources, State House senior staff and MPs allied to Uhuru, including a vocal Opposition legislator close to ODM leader, Raila Odinga, have been meeting to strategise on how to reduce the DP’s influence in Parliament.
“The meetings are ongoing.”
“They should not be deceived by numbers.”
“We will replace them in a legal way,” said one of the officials aware on the happenings.
Another Jubilee official said to be among those targeted for removal warned that the planned purge will be costly for the party.
“They had it easy with the Senate.”
“The National Assembly is a whole different ball game.”
“It is the engine of the Jubilee administration.”
“Let them tread carefully or it will turn nasty,” said the official.
Langat MP, Nixon Korir, recently declared that Ruto’s allies will stick with him.
“We will stand with you (DP) until the end.”
“No amount of intimidation will shake our resolve. We will revisit,” he said.
The Kenyan DAILY POST