5 Ruto Allies Who Made Last Minute Choices to Oust Kindiki

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and nominated Senator Millicent Omanga durng the Jubilee Party campaigns in 2017.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and nominated Senator Millicent Omanga during the Jubilee Party campaigns in 2017.
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  • Five Jubilee Nominated senators on Friday, May 23, abandoned Deputy President William Ruto's camp to support the ouster of his ally Kithure Kindiki.

    The five, Millicent Omanga, Falhada Iman, Naomi Waqo, Victor Prengei and Mary Yiane, were part of the 54 senators who signed the motion to have Kindiki voted out as Deputy Speaker.

    The senators allied to the DP had snubbed a Parliamentary Group meeting at State House called by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, May 11.

    Jubilee Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga
    Jubilee Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga
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    It is the State House meeting that saw Senators Susan Kihika and Kipchumba Murkomen as Majority Whip and Senate Majority leader ousted.

    The duo has since maintained that their removal from the party was unlawful, stating that the votes at the PG meeting did not meet the threshold.

    Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju, on Wednesday, May 13, disclosed plans to expel the five senators, who he argued, were disloyal to the party as they were invited, but never responded to the invitations nor issued apologies.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, political analyst Herman Manyora stated that the senators were just being realistic when they changed tune to help impeach Kindiki.

    "It is called real politics. Why would anyone vote no if they are a nominated senator for example. That would mean you leave your seat and that good life you're living is courtesy of that nomination which is courtesy of the goodwill of Jubilee.

    "The senators were just being realistic. When in this world, you cannot eat principles but if somebody could calculate your salary and your benefits for the remaining period and put it on the table, then you can talk," Manyora added.

    Only seven senators including; Kipchumba Murkomen, Susan Kihika, Samson Cherargei, Aaron Cheruiyot, Lang’at Christopher Andrew, Mithika Linturi and Kithure Kindiki voted against the motion.

    Deputy President William Ruto poses for a photo with Jubilee Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga in 2017
    Deputy President William Ruto poses for a photo with Jubilee Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga in 2017
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