Six more lawmakers allied to Deputy President William Ruto are set for removal from parliamentary committees in the ongoing Jubilee Party surgery aimed at removing the ‘cancerous rebels.’
The six legislators were yesterday given letters of intention to discharge them from the leadership of various National Assembly committees and are consequently set to join 16 others who have since lost plum positions in the House in the ongoing offensive targeting Ruto allies.
Yesterday’s victims are departmental committee chairmen Julius Melly (Education), Ali Wario (Labour and Social Welfare), William Kisang (Communication, Information and Innovation), Joseph Limo of Finance and National Planning and Parliamentary Broadcasting and Library’s Joash Nyamoko.
Deputy Majority Whip Maoka Maore signed their letters dated June 24, and asked them to respond within seven days before they are discharged from the committees.
Other MPs who have been removed in the ongoing purge are Gladys Shollei (Uasin Gishu), Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu) and William Cheptumo (Baringo North). They lost their positions as chairpersons of Delegated Legislation, Budget and Appropriation and Justice and Legal Affairs committees.
Other chairpersons kicked out include Mandera South MP Ali Adan (Agriculture Committee) and Machakos Town’s Victor Munyaka (Sports, Culture and Tourism). Sirisia MP John Waluke, Fred Kapondi (Mt Elgon) and Robert Pukose (Endebes) were also kicked out as vice-chairpersons for Committee on Administration and National Security, Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee and Energy Committee.
Others shown the door in recent past were Kandara MP Alice Wahome (Justice and Legal Affairs vice-chairperson), Joyce Chepkorir (Labour and Social Welfare vice-chair), Khatib Mwashetani (Lands vice-chair) and vice chair of Services and Facilities Catherine Waruguru.
Also discharged were Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria (Transport vice-chair), James Lomenen (National Cohesion and Equal Opportunities vice-chair), Liza Chepkorir Chelule (Broadcast and Library vice-chair) and Cornelly Serem (Trade vice-chair).
Eight senators, Leader of Majority in the House, Kipchumba Murkomen, were removed from their positions last month in a purge that targeted those perceived to be disloyal to President Uhuru Kenyatta.Others were Kithure Kindiki, John Kinyua, Mithika Linturi, Samson Cherargei, Susan Kihika and Christopher Langat.
Nominated Senators Millicent Omanga, Naomi Waqo, Mary Seneta, Victor Prengei and Falhada Imanare are yet to know their fate.
Last week, the de-whipped legislators met at Jubilee Asili offices in Nairobi to plan their next move in what insiders say could lead to more political fireworks in the ruling party.