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Wednesday, May 27, 2020 – Former CS, Rashid Echesa, has pleaded with President Uhuru Kenyatta not to remove Mumias East MP, Benjamin Washiali, as Majority Chief Whip, amid a looming purge as the Head of State seeks to stamp control over the Jubilee Parliamentary leadership.

Mr Washiali alongside Majority Leader, Adan Duale, Deputy Majority Whip, Cecily Mbarire, and Budget and Appropriation Committee chairman, Kimani Ichungwa, are likely to face the ongoing axe targeting Jubilee rebels in the Senate and the National Assembly as the war between the President and his deputy, William Ruto, intensifies.

However, speaking on Wednesday, Mr Echesa argued that since Mr Washiali comes from the Wanga sub-tribe of the Luhya, the community will be left without representation in Government after he was fired from the Sports Ministry.

“Even though it is the prerogative of the President to arrange and re-organise his government, I plead with him on behalf of the Wanga people to let our brother Washiali remain with the Chief Whip position.”

“This is the only position the Wanga community that is famous from the leadership of King Nabongo Mumia is holding on in the Government,” explained Mr Echesa.

He said that the Wangas supported Mr Kenyatta’s re-election in 2017 and he should show some appreciation by retaining Mr Washiali.


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