President Uhuru Kenyatta chaired a Jubilee Coalition National Assembly Parliamentary Group (PG) meeting at State House, Nairobi in his capacity as the Coalition’s Party Leader.
The meeting was attended by Deputy President William Ruto (who is also the Jubilee Coalition’s Deputy Party Leader), Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju and a total of 212 Members of Parliament.
Tuesday’s Parliamentary Group meeting endorsed Justin Muturi to continue serving as the Speaker of the National Assembly.
Moses Cheboi will also continue serving as the Deputy Speaker. Jimmy Angwenyi was endorsed to continue serving as the Deputy Majority
Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale also survived from being axed from his current position after a meeting undertaken by President. So he will continue to serve as the leader of majority in the National Assembly as many had speculated he would face the axe for associating himself with Deputy president William Ruto.
In the changes announced by the head of State, National Assembly Majority Whip Benjamin Washiali and his deputy nominated MP Cecily Mbarire were kicked out.
Navakholo MP Emmanuel Wangwe has replaced Washiali while Igembe North MP Maoka Maore replaces Mbarire.
The changes are expected to be communicated to the Speaker of the National Assembly today.
The PG which was chaired by Uhuru at State House also resolved to effect further changes at the House committees as part of the ongoing purge to kick out all MPs not supporting President’s agenda.
It had been earlier speculated that Duale was among the list of those that were to be kicked out but he has escaped the axe.
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria through a Facebook post on Monday June 1 had listed Duale (Majority Leader), Benjamin Washiali (Majority Whip), Cecily Mbarire (Deputy Majority Whip), Kimani Ichungwa (Budget), William Cheptumo (JLAC), Gladys Boss Shollei (Delegated), Julius Melly (Education), Joseph Limo (Finance), Alice Wahome (Vice-Chair Legal) and himself (Vice-Chair Transport) as those that were to be kicked out.
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