Immediate former Senate Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki has declined Jubilee Party’s new appointment to serve in the Senate Justice and Legal Affairs Committee.
In a press statement, Prof Kindiki said he now wants to focus on serving Kenyans as the senator of Tharaka-Nithi County.
He said he was not interested in the new House responsibility, an opportunity he claims he learnt of from the media.
“I have learnt through the press that the Jubilee Party has recommended me to serve in another capacity in the Senate. I respectfully decline the offer,” he noted
He added: “Henceforth, I want to focus on serving the people of Kenya as the Senator for Tharaka-Nithi County.”
Kindiki was ousted as Senate Deputy Speaker last week on accusations of being disloyal to the party and being disrespectful to President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is also the party leader.
On Tuesday, May 25, in what seems to be a purge of Deputy President William Ruto’s allies from strategic and key House positions, the newly-installed Senate Majority Whip Senator Irungu Kang’ata elbowed out Ruto allies.
Kindiki, a lawyer by profession, had been selected to join the Justice and Legal Committee.
Other senators affected by the changes announced by the Murang’a Senator are Samson Cherargei (Nandi), Christopher Lang’at (Bomet), John Kinyua (Laikipia) and Linturi Mithika (Meru).