Murkomen, Kihika no longer hold lucrative senatorial posts, it is now official

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 12 May, 2020 13:56 | 2 mins read
Former Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen (L) and ex-Majority Whip Susan Kihika (R) [PHOTO | FILE]
Former Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen (L) and ex-Majority Whip Susan Kihika (R) [PHOTO | FILE]
Former Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen (L) and ex-Majority Whip Susan Kihika (R) [PHOTO | FILE]

The Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka has validated the changes instituted by the ruling Party in the House, Jubilee, effectively showing the door to Deputy President William Ruto’s allies, Kipchumba Murkomen and Susan Kihika.

In a ruling read to the House on Tuesday, May 12, Lusaka said he was convinced that the procedure of removing Murkomen and Kihika from Senate Majority Leader and Senate Majority Whip positions respectively followed due guidelines of the law.

Murkomen was, as a result, officially replaced by West Pokot Senator, Samuel Poghisio, and Kihika’s place taken by Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata.

“In a letter dated May 11, 2020, which is a record of proceedings of the [Jubilee Party Parliamentary Group] meeting, together with resolutions, and one that was duly signed by senators who attended the meeting, there exists a post-election agreement between Jubilee Party and KANU Party. Also attached, was a register of political parties certificates dated May 8, 2020,” said Lusaka.

“The minutes show that 20 senators attended the meeting, and resolved unanimously to: (a) remove the current Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen in accordance with Standing Order 19 (5), and (b) remove the current Majority Whip, Senator Susan Kihika, in accordance with Senate Standing Order 19 (5), (c) elect Senator Samuel Poghisio as Senate Majority Leader, and (d), elect Senator Irungu Kang’ata as Senate Majority Whip, (e), elect Senator Fariya Haji as Senate Deputy Majority Whip.

“I am satisfied that the changes were made in accordance with Senate Standing Orders 19 (1, 2, 3, 4d, 5 and 7), and meets the threshold required under Standing Order 19 (5) there having been a majority of votes. Accordingly, I wish to communicate to the House that the Majority [Party] has effected [the] changes. I will make a reasoned ruling in due course,” said Lusaka.

The Senate Speaker’s ruling comes on the back of a decision by the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal suspending the Jubilee-KANU post-election pact, arguing Jubilee’s National Executive Council did not convene to endorse the proposed coalition deal.

The Lusaka ruling is, however, superior to the tribunal’s move in regard to conducting matters House business, and that simply means that Murkomen and Kihika no longer hold the lucrative posts in the Senate that saw them earn close to Ksh400, 000 more than their counterparts in allowances and other perks. The two will also not enjoy extra security provided to them by the State.

More soon.