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Untold story of current parliamentary committee coups – Weekly Citizen

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NASA’s move to clip powers of those perceived to be close to William Ruto by kicking them out of from key positions in parliament is likely to be counterproductive. The move is happening as intense lobbying is on to have Aden Duale retain his majority leader position in parliament. Other sources reveal the coups in parliamentary committees are aimed at diverting Kenyans from the cabinet reshuffle that has been on the president’s desk after being advised that including opposition in the reshuffle was likely to have legal implications and challenges. The same is said of those kicked out by Jubilee party. The move is helping the creation of a second alliance to counter the handshake of Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.

Aden Duale

Those thrown out will be forced to look for another political home in form of a new alliance as they have been technically locked out of handshake ahead of 2022. Already talk is rife Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula are not happy with the current happenings in Nasa and have sworn not to join any alliance fronted by Raila. NASA borrowed leave from the ruling Jubilee coalition that dropped faces allied to Ruto from influential plum slots senate with parliament the next target. Nasa has removed Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa from the parliamentary service commission and replaced her with Likoni MP Mishi Mboko.

Aisha Jumwa

In a letter written by minority whip Junet Mohammed, Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa was removed from the deputy minority whip position and replaced by Tongaren MP Eseli Simiyu (Ford Kenya). It is not known why Eseli agreed to take the position without Wetangula blessing but a source revealed all is not well between Wetang’ula and Eseli. Recent events whereby the party hierarchy attempted to change Bungoma county assembly leadership through a surprise coup did not go down well with key stakeholders of the party particularly the party’s secretary-general Eseli, who came out with guns blazing and warned that those events could easily collapse the party.

Mishi Mboko

Eseli who did not hide his feelings warned the highest office of the party namely, its party leader Wetang’ula, that those changes of the leader of majority Florence Fulano with Tuuti/ Mrakaru MCA Vitalis Nyongesa and another attempt to remove the deputy speaker Simiyu Wamusai of Siboti ward, could spell doom for the party. The removal of Wamalwa has been linked to being the chairman of parliament catholic association. It is said members of the association contributed money to buy Bishop Philip Anyolo a vehicle during his installation as Kisumu archbishop. The function was attended by Ruto and Raila.

Chris Wamalwa

It is said, Ruto upon learning of the car project, decided to chip in and saw the handing over the car during the Kisumu function. While handing over, the DP summoned Wamalwa who was present to be on the frontline. Many will remember, the car donation turned into politics with Raila at one time claiming that the Vatican had rejected the DP donation. Since then, MP Wamalwa, a man who was educated by the Catholic Church due to family poverty was marked by Nasa. The MP together with Senator James Orengo and former senator Johnson Muthama had served in key Nasa strategic boards. To complicate matters for Wamalwa who is not related to the prominent Wamalwa family of the late vice president Wamalwa Kijana and CS Eugene Wamalwa was his move to invite Ruto to various functions in Trans Nzoia where he is eyeing governorship 2022.

Eseli Simiyu

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The MP was accused of using his religious network to campaign for Ruto presidential bid. Going by political events and reaction in Trans Nzoia, just the way the removal of Kindiki Kithure as senate deputy speaker made him a hero in Tharaka Nthi and Meru counties, the same is happening to Wamalwa in Trans Nzoia. Weekly Citizen has established, plot to have those removed by Jubilee and Nasa from parliamentary committees host prayers in their respective constituencies once the Covid-19 crisis is over is in the pipeline. The removal of Wamalwa has further helped him win the 30pc Kalenjin vote bloc in Trans Nzoia.

Sylvanus Osoro

Immediately after his removal, MCAs across the divide in Trans Nzoia assembly condemned the move. Not spared were local church leaders and other opinion shapers. The name of devolution CS Wamalwa has also grouped up in the saga. It is said, the CS petitioned Raila to discipline the MP as he is seen as his main competitor in county seat. Sylvanus Osoro of South Mugirango was dropped from the agriculture committee and committee on the implementation of the constitution for the next six months. Word has it, fearing backlash in Gusii politics, ODM decided to suspend him. Also suspended were, Bungoma woman rep Catherine Wambilianga from the labour committee, education committee and committee on selection.

Tindi Mwale

Turkana Central MP Nakala Lodepe was suspended from the defence and foreign relations committee while Vincent Kemosi (West Mugirango) was ousted from the transport and the powers and privileges committees. Kemosi has openly come out in support of Ruto and is with Kisii deputy governor Joash Maangi in fronting the DP agenda in the region. Other MPs who were suspended from committee memberships include Ugenya’s David Ochieng (health) and Butere’s Tindi Mwale (energy and delegated legislation committees).

Paul Kahindi

Kaloleni’s Paul Kahindi was also suspended from the public investments committee and Jomvu MP Bady Twalib was also dewhipped from the budget and appropriations committee. Talk is rife, incoming Jubilee parliamentary changes, all Ruto allies will be removed including chief whip Ben Washiali, justice and legal affairs committee chairman Baringo North MP William Cheptumo and majority leader Aden Duale. Also facing the chop are budget chairman Kimani Ichungwah, deputy whip Cecily Mbarire, Plot is to have Amos Kimunya replace Ichung’wah, Sabina Chege take over from Mbarire with Emmanuel Wangwe replacing Ben Washiali.



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