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Sunday June 7, 2020 – Former Bomet Governor, Isaac Ruto, has described the Jubilee purge in the Senate and National Assembly leadership as a normal party disciplinary process.
Speaking yesterday, the Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) party leader said that President Uhuru Kenyatta did not break any law in kicking out lawmakers from House committees.
“A President cannot run a Government with a Parliament that is not disciplined, a party with members who openly defy him to the extent of abusing him in public,” Mr. Ruto said yesterday.
He noted that it is a standard practice the world over for lawmakers to collectively protect party positions in Parliament.
“I don’t understand why an MP should not know the working of political parties.”
“The parties are given a lot of latitude by the Constitution and laws to discipline errant members,” he added.
“It was in order for Jubilee to crack the whip in the Senate and National Assembly leaderships.”
“You cannot be abusive to the leadership that has put you in a position of trust,” he said.
He added that democracy does not mean lawmakers “create a house of Babel in Parliament”.
“If the MPs have problems with the party, there are structures to turn to.”
“Parliament is a House of order.”
“It is an age old practice in the assemblies all over the world,” the CCM boss said.
The ongoing purge has been interpreted in many quarters as the result of a fallout between the President and his deputy, William Ruto.
The Kenyan DAILY POST