By Mercy Wanjiru
The Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka has approved the changes made in the Jubilee Senate leadership.During a stormy session on Tuesday May 12, 2020, Lusaka instituted the changes that have seen Samuel Poghisio replace Kipchumba Murkomen as the leader of the majority in the house with Nakuru senator Susan Kihika also losing her post as the majority whip.Lusaka said.the minutes showed 20 senators attended the meeting and resolved unanimously to remove Murkomen as Majority leader, Susan Kihika as Majority Whip and subsequently elected Samuel Poghisio, Irungu Kang’ata and Haji Farhiya as Majority leader, whip and deputy whip respectively
The Speaker said he had also received a duly-signed list of Senators who attended the State House meeting on May 11, 2020; the post-election coalition agreement between the Jubilee Party and the Kenya African National Union (KANU) as well as a certificate from the Registrar of Political Parties dated May 8, 2020.
According to Lusaka, the Majority has effected the changes and the Senate now recognises Samuel Poghisio (KANU’s West Pokot Senator) as Majority Leader; Irungu Kangata as Majority Whip and Farhiya Ali (Nominated Senator) as Deputy Majority Whip.
Further, he added, “Be it as it may, Mr Speaker, if finally you’ll disregard the law and make a decision that I am not going to be the Majority Leader in this house, what I can only say is that I want to thank my colleagues who voted for me, supported me throughout and who have continued having faith in me even amidst a lot of intimidation from the executive,” he said.In addition, Murkomen took a jibe at the Head of State who orchestrated his ouster and accused him of not being truthful to the house. He asked him to deliver the promises he had made including the oversight Fund that had been promised.
This comes just a day after the Jubilee Party parliamentary group held a meeting chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, May 11, 2020.