Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka has upheld a resolution for the removal of Senators Kipchumba Murkomen and Susan Kihika as Majority Leader, after 20 Senators voted to effect changes in the Jubilee Senate leadership.
“I am satisfied that the changes were made in accordance with the Senate Standing Orders 19 (1)(2)(3)(40)(50) and (7) and meets the threshold required under Standing Order 19(5) there having been a majority of votes. I received a duly-signed list of Senators who attended the State House meeting on May 11, 2020; the post-election coalition agreement between the Jubilee Party and the Kenya African National Union (KANU) as well as a certificate from the Registrar of Political Parties dated May 8, 2020,” he said.
The Senate now recognises Samuel Poghisio (KANU’s West Pokot Senator) as Majority Leader; Irungu Kangata as Majority Whip and Farhiya Ali (Nominated Senator) as Deputy Majority Whip.
Kihika, Caleb Kositany (Soy MP), Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East MP) and Albert Mutai (Jubilee Treasurer) moved to court in protest over the pronouncement from State House on the leadership changes.
Responding to the Speaker’s announcement at the Senate, Murkomen claimed that the Speaker had been “pushed to a corner” to effect the changes and even accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of “lying to Kenyans.
“I want the President… Now therefore deliver for the people of Kenya, Murkomen is out of the way. If I was your stumbling block, deliver for the people of Kenya. Mr Speaker, this is not your decision. You made this decision under duress and undue influence and I am sorry you had to do it. Thank you, Mr Speaker,” Murkomen added.
“I will make a reasoned ruling in due course,” Lusaka said.