Aden Duale Retains Position as Majority Leader in Parliament as others Face Purge

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Aden Duale retained as National Assembly Majority Leader as Kipipiri’s Amos Kimunya’s bid flops. Aden Duale on Tuesday survived the purge being undertaken by President Uhuru Kenyatta in the ongoing Jubilee party leadership changes.

In the changes announced by Uhuru at State House Nairobi, National Assembly Majority Whip Benjamin Washiali and his deputy nominated MP Cecily Mbarire were kicked out.

Navakholo MP Emmanuel Wangwe replaces Washiali while Igembe North MP Maoka Maore replaces Mbarire.

The changes are expected to be communicated to the Speaker 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.

While the looming purge had seen Washiali accept his fate, whether Duale would be spared had been the subject of debate due to his stature and track record in the house despite his affiliation with the Deputy President.

It remains to be seen whether Chairs of various committees such as Budget and Appropriations Committee Chair Kimani Ichung’wah, a vocal supporter of the DP, will be the next victims in the continued re-arrangement.

The President made no secret of his intention to ensure leaders in key positions are on the same page as him, acknowledging in an interview that he had little time left to cement a legacy before the end of his term in 2022.

Various lawmakers elected on Jubilee Party tickets had pledged their support for the President ahead of the Tuesday morning meeting, among them Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri who reiterated his commitment to Jubilee despite his remarks on internal wrangles.

“We have no otherwise but to attend [the meeting] as Jubilee party members,” Ngunjiri stated at a press conference alongside other Jubilee leaders from Nakuru on May 2.

The removal of Washiali and Mbarire followed a similar script to the purge that started in the Senate with the ejection of former Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and Whip Susan Kihika.

A Senate Parliamentary Group (PG) meeting convened at State House, Nairobi on Monday, May 11 saw the Senators resolve to replace Murkomen and Kihika with West Pokot Senator Samuel Poghisio and Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata.

It came in the wake of a post-election coalition agreement signed between Jubilee Party and the Kenya African National Union (KANU) which shored up the numbers in support of Uhuru’s agenda in the house.



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