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Irungu Kang’ata ejected as Jubilee party Senate majority whip

In what appears as a continuation of the party purge, The Jubilee party has today de-whipped  Murang’a senator Irungu Kang’ata from his position as its senate majority whip.

The news of his ouster came hours after the party came out of their joint parliamentary meeting group held earlier today at the Kenyatta International Convention Center.

Confirming the incident, the Jubilee party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju stated that Kang’ata had lost the confidence of his senate counterparts having leaked their secret.

He cleared the air that the ejection was not in way connected with his earlier letter to the head of state, about the popularity of the BBI report in the Mt. Kenya region.

“We had a meeting where we invited Senator Kang’ata but he refused to come, he joined online and later discussed what was discussed to the media. If after talking, you expose what was discussed, then that is not acceptable and that is a big failure as a leader,” Tuju spoke.

His replacement was not immediately announced with reports indicating that Kiambu Senator Kimani Wa Matangi is already warming up for the position.

Speaking shortly before the ouster, Kang’ata stated that he was grateful for the opportunity in the capacity of the majority whip.

“I will not abuse anyone, I will never talk ill of anyone and I have endeavoured to fight for the rights of my people. Remember I was fighting for the one man one shilling one vote very strongly, I have been lobbying the government to tarmac various roads in my region, to ensure our coffee and tea farmers are well catered for.”

“I have also fought to ensure that our region doesn’t stagnate economically and that to me is a clarion call that I will continue fighting notwithstanding whether I am a chief whip of not,” the senator vowed. He was accompanied by nine other senators allied to Deputy President William Ruto. 

When asked whether he was planning to decamp to the DP’s side, Kang’ata confirmed his belief in unity, and a non-contested BBI.

“It is not about crossing over to the other side, just as I have always said I hope for a non contested BBI, I also believe in a united Jubilee,” he explained.

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Written by Fred Orido

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  1. The TNA party was later merged with the URP to form the Jubilee Party of Kenya, which is led by Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto, as party leader and deputy party leader respectively. In 2015, Kang’ata fired three members of the local CDF committee over what he termed as misappropriation of funds meant for bursaries.

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