Monday May 25, 2020 – There is anxiety in the National Assembly as President Uhuru Kenyatta moves to effect another ruthless purge in the House after a similar one left a trail of political casualties in the Senate.
Uhuru is said to have convened a Parliamentary Group (PG) Meeting for members of the National Assembly on June 2nd to make another round of changes in the House leadership and committees with the target being Deputy President William Ruto’s allies.
The meeting comes hot on the heels of a purge in the Senate that saw key allies of Ruto – Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen, Susan Kihika (Nakuru) and Kithure Kindiki of Tharaka Nithi – kicked out of Majority Leader, Majority Whip and Senate Deputy Speaker positions, respectively.
Sources indicate that the PG meeting has generated anxiety among erstwhile critics of Uhuru in the House, many of whom are now eager to show their loyalty to the President.
Among those targeted for removal include Majority Whip Ben Washiali (Mumias East), Deputy Whip Cecily Mbarire (Nominated) and Budget and Appropriation Committee Chairman, Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu).
A senior party official indicated that Majority Leader Aden Duale could also be removed because Uhuru’s wing was not in the “mood of forgiving” members perceived to be disloyal.
“Duale’s fate is a matter of an ongoing discussion, but I can tell you the mood for forgiving is not there.”
“Anyone suspected of having allegiance elsewhere else will be shown the door,” said the official.
The Kenyan DAILY POST