Kipchumba Murkomen on Monday was ejected as the Senate Majority Leader as replaced by his West Pokot counterpart Samuel Poghisio of Kanu.
During the Jubilee Parliamentary Group meeting for senators held at State House, Nairobi, Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata was also approved as the Senate Minority Whip.
Poghisio was proposed for the seat by Nyandarua Senator Paul Mwangi while Kang’ata was proposed by Senate Minority Whip Ali Abdulahi Ibrahim of Wajir County.
List of new Senate leaders:
- Majority Leader – Sen. Samuel Poghisio, West Pokot County.
- Majority Chief Whip – Sen. Irungu Kang’ata, Murang’a County.
- Deputy Majority Leader – Sen. Fatuma Dullo Adan, Isiolo County.
- Deputy Majority Chief Whip – Sen. Farhiya Ali Haji, Nominated Senator, Nairobi County.
A statement issued by the Presidential Press Service Unit (PSCU immediately after the meeting said that 20 senators attended the event.
“His Excellency the President today at State House, Nairobi chaired a Jubilee Coalition Parliamentary Group meeting that brought together Senators from Jubilee Party and the Kenya African National Union (KANU),” said PSCU.
State House said that the House leadership changes were effected to strengthen the Jubilee-Kanu coalition’s Senate leadership.
As President Kenyatta effects changes amidst the split in Jubilee, the party is also likely to get a new strong partner with Kalonzo Musyoka revealing that talks are at an advanced stage to join the Jubilee-Kanu coalition.
Kalonzo made the remarks on Monday during an interview at Citizen TV, saying that he is preparing for the future, including the 2022 General Election.
Already, Jubilee Party enjoys warm relations with Orange Democratic Movement with which they struck a truce in 2018 following the heated 2017 General Elections.
Jubilee Party has been rocked by internal wrangles as members seek to position for 2022 General Election.
However, the President has been keen on leaving a lasting and meaningful legacy hence his repeated calls for his party members to shelve politicking until 2022.