Garissa Township MP Aden Duale is set to be replaced as the National Assembly Majority Leader, as President Uhuru Kenyatta extends the Jubilee purge to Parliament.
According to The Standard Newspaper, Duale will be replaced by Kipipiri MP Amos Kimunya.
It is however, clear that Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali will not survive the purge.
Navakholo MP Emmanuel Wangwe will take over from Washiali as the majority whip, while Budget and Appropriations Committee chair Kimani Ichung’wa will be replaced by Kieni MP Kanini Kega.
Deputy Majority Leader Cecily Mbarire (nominated) will be replaced by Igembe North MP Maoka Maore.Maore is said to have initially been fronted by opposition leader Raila Odinga as the majority leader to placate the Meru region after the kicking out of Senate Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki and Meru Senator Mithika Linturi from their fat positions.
During the Senate reshuffle, Ruto allies, led by former Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, Prof Kindiki and former Majority Whip Susan Kihika were kicked out. They were replaced by West Pokot Senator Samuel Poghisio (Majority Leader) and Murang’a’s Irungu Kang’ata as Majority Whip.
On Monday June 1, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria took to his official Facebook account to leak the full list of Ruto allied MPs who were to face the purge.
He 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).
The Senate is also expected to fill ousted Kithure Kindiki’s position today, with Uasin Gishu Senator Margaret Kamar likely to be picked after the Jubilee Party endorsed her candidature.
Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei, Bomet’s Christopher Lang’at and John Kinyua of Laikipia were shown the door as chairmen of key Senate committees.
The changes in Parliament are said to be in preparation for far-reaching constitutional changes in which the legislature is expected to play an important role.
On Monday June 1, President Kenyatta, in his Madaraka Day speech, hinted at the offing constitutional changes that could alter the structure of government.