Jubilee MPs: House Leadership ‘Untouchable’

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Duale and Murkomen in a past Jubilee party meeting

Allies of President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition chief Raila Odinga threatened to change the party’s leadership in the National Assembly and Senate.

Keiyo South MP Daniel Rono dared those who want to spearhead the removal of Mr Kipchumba Murkomen as Senate majority leader, Mr Aden Duale as National Assembly majority leader and National Assembly Majority Whip Benjamin Washiali from their positions to do so “and see how we will paralyse the business of both Houses.”

Belgut MP Nelson Koech criticised Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala for threatening to table a motion to change the House leadership, saying Mr Malala is a nobody in Jubilee.

He added that such changes can only be done through a Jubilee parliamentary group meeting.

“Who is Malala to suggest that the Jubilee House leadership should be changed? On what basis should the two be removed? These busybodies do not understand what Murkomen and Duale have done for the government,” Mr Koech said.

“Our opponents think they can dictate to us what to do in our party. Just recently, they wanted the President to remove certain individuals from the Cabinet.”

During the BBI consultative meeting at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega, Senator Malala and Wajir Woman Representative Fatuma Gedi joined the debate on ejecting Mr Murkomen and Mr Duale from their posts in the two Houses.

Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei and Aldai MP Cornelius Serem told Mr Odinga and his team to stop using the BBI as a weapon to meddle in Jubilee affairs.

“Suggesting changes in Senate and National Assembly leadership is pedestrian talk,” Mr Cherargei said.

“The ones saying that are not Jubilee members. Let them resign from their parties and move to Jubilee. We will not allow Raila and his team to destroy our party.”

Mr Serem said Mr Ruto is an equal to Mr Kenyatta and that Jubilee has not been declared indisposed and so there is no point of making claims meant to finish Mr Ruto.