Tuesday June 2, 2020 – Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader, Raila Odinga, summoned the Senate’s top leadership over the weekend and convinced them to support Uasin Gishu Senator, Margret Kamar, in the battle for the vacant position of Senate Deputy Speaker.

According to sources, Raila who has become influential in the affairs of Jubilee Party, summoned the top Senate leaders to drum up support for Ms Kamar on account of gender and in the hope that it will mollify the increasingly disenchanted North Rift region in the wake of the removal of Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen, as the Majority Leader.

Those at the meeting included Majority Leader, Samuel Poghisio, Mr James Orengo (Minority Leader), Mr Irungu Kangata (Majority Whip), Ms Fatuma Dullo (Deputy Majority Leader) and Ms Beatrice Kwamboka (Deputy Minority Whip).

“Mr Odinga told us that Ms Kamar is the right choice because she is a lady and very educated and that she has great experience having served in the Speaker’s Panel in the 10th Parliament and now in the Senate,” a source who attended the meeting said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is said to have instructed Raila to lobby top Senate leaders and ensure Prof Kamar succeeds Tharaka Nithi Senator, Prof Kithure Kindiki, who was ousted last month as Deputy Speaker.


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