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James Orengo speaks on plans to remove Mutula Kilonzo Jnr from his chief minority whip position weeks after Malala ouster

Barely a fortnight after Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala was removed from his former Senate deputy minority whip position, Siaya Senator James Orengo spoke about plans to Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr.

Speaking to KTN news, the Senator minority whip said that the Wiper senator was a big asset and a great debater in the house who is committed to all of his responsibilities.

“He is a committed member in all the committees that he represents the coalition in like the finance and the legal committees,” he said.

He refuted claims that the senator would be ejected in the same manner that Cleophas Malala faced.

The former Ugenya legislator cleared the air that Malala never held any position in the senator and was only supposed to serve as the deputy whip for one year.

“Malala is not being true to himself. All along he knew that we had a written agreement that he would serve in that position for one year but we allowed him to serve more than that,” he said.

Senator Malala was ejected from his minority last month March 24, 2021, and replaced by his Kilifi counterpart Stewart Madzayo.

He was accused of gross misconduct and mischief in the recently concluded Matungu parliamentary by-election, a thing his ANC members later termed witch hunt from ODM.

The claims have since been dismissed by Orengo stating the sitting Matungu MP was an ANC member and should not be misinterpreted to appear like ODM was fighting to retain the seat.

“Wetangula’s case was a unique one because he was the only one in the Senate. A lot of issues were being discussed by the ODM group where he was not a member and it became somehow difficult for him to come along,” he said.

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