Senators Kindiki, Murkomen, Cherargei reject Jubilee Party appointments


Senators Kindiki, Murkomen, Cherargei reject Jubilee Party appointments
Senators Kithure Kindiki (Tharaka Nithi), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo-Marakwet) and Samson Cherargei (Nandi). PHOTO| COURTESY

The purge in the Jubilee Party has yielded resistance from senators who were recently dewhipped from key parliamentary leadership positions over perceived disloyalty to the party.

Senators Kithure Kindiki (Tharaka Nithi), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo-Marakwet) and Samson Cherargei (Nandi) have declined their redeployment to sit in other committees following their ouster.

Prof. Kindiki, who was removed as Deputy Speaker, on Wednesday declined his appointment to the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, saying that his focus is currently on serving the country only as Tharaka Nithi Senator.

Nandi Senator Cherargei, who was kicked out of the Legal Affairs Committee that he chaired, has also turned down an offer to sit in the house Powers and Privileges Committee.

“I hereby write no notify you that I have declined the appointment to be a member of the Powers and Privileges Committee in the Senate,” said Cherargei in a letter to Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kangata.

Murkomen, who was axed from the Senate Majority Leader’s seat has also refused to take up a slot in the Devolution Committee, as a replacement for Laikipia Senator John Kinyua.

“This afternoon I learnt from the media that I have been proposed to serve in the Senate Devolution Committee in effect replacing Senator Kinyua who is being punished for standing with me. Accepting the position will be tantamount to repaying unstinting loyalty with spite&treachery,” tweeted Murkomen.

Kindiki, Murkomen and Cherargei are among perceived rebel Jubilee lawmakers who have been removed from key Senate House committees for being part of the party’s faction allied to the Deputy President William Ruto.

Their removal from key positions is part of a wider clean-up plan in the ruling party seen as a quest by President Uhuru Kenyatta to regain control of his party which has been devastated by infighting leading two emergence of two camps; one allied to Kenyatta and the other Ruto.

Addressing the press at Jubilee Party headquarters in Nairobi on Tuesday, Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata, Meru Senator Mithika Linturi — also allied to DP Ruto — was removed from the influential Public Accounts and Investments Committee and his position handed to Deputy Majority Leader Fatuma Dullo.

Laikipia Senator John Kinyua was also ousted as Chairman of the Devolution Committee.

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