Nairobi, Kenya – President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday chaired a meeting of the Jubilee party Members of Parliament (MPs) at the Kenyan International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, to unveil new House leaders.
The changes are seen by a section of the Kenyan population as a continuation of the purge on rebels within government who are invariably allied to Deputy President William Ruto who has fallen out with his boss in recent times. The President addressed the MPs and made an unveiling of new committee chairs and vice-chairs who have now replaced the 16 officials kicked out last week. Earlier in the day yesterday, the Deputy President’s allies vowed to ignore the 9am meeting, which decided the fate of the Majority Leader Aden Duale but this move was rescinded.
And even though speculation had been rife the DP William Ruto might not attend the said meeting, he eventually graced the event with his presence.
Aden Duale Replaced
Kenyatta finally replaced Garissa county member of parliament with his Kipipiri counterpart Amos Kimunya as the leader of the majority in the National Assembly. President Uhuru Kenyatta took this step during the Jubilee party meeting yesterday.
Eldas MP Adan Keynan was also picked to replace Amos Kimunya as secretary of the Jubilee party group. During the meeting, it was resolved that all of the committees will be reconstituted latest by this coming Thursday. Kimunya and Keynan both addressed media after the meeting.
During his address to the media, Amos Kimunya thanked President Kenyatta for proposing him to take over the mantle as the leader of the majority in parliament. He states that this gesture by the president for him is a humble situation as he looks to serve out the next two years to the best of his abilities.
There are no Rebels
“You know we don’t have rebels. The rebels exist in the eyes of people who want to profile people as ‘pro’ or ‘anti.’ I don’t see people travelling that distance at night to come here to rebel. People came here because they are committed to the party.” Kimunya said whiles addressing a question about dissent and factionalism within the Jubilee party. He further adds that the meeting was a very cordial one where all members of the party talked had acted jovially towards each other all through the events of the day.
“Politics is so dynamic, so as the jubilee family, as the jubilee party, ours is to make sure that the party succeeds.” Adan Keynan said when addressing the media and also being posed with the same question about party leadership division.
The entirety of the meeting lasted about thirty (30) minutes which the president was largely in charge of. The replacement of Aden Duale was done through an acclamation when the president posed the question whether or not Duale should be retained and majority of the people present said should not be retained.
The meeting was basically an endorsement of weeks of speculations that Duale was on his way out as he seemed to have pitched tent in Ruto’s camp against the president. It was such a short meeting that there was no room for parliamentarians to ask questions.
The next steps will be the reconstitution of parliamentary committees as a good majority of the people have been relieved of their positions.
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