Snub Jubilee PG meeting at your own peril, Murathe warns MPs: The Standard

Jubilee Party vice-chairman David Murathe has warned of heavy and painful consequences for Jubilee MPs who will fail to attend the Parliamentary Group meeting to be chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday.

Murathe (pictured) said the party is contemplating punitive actions against those who would snub the second PG meeting which will take place at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) at 9 am tomorrow.

“Missing tomorrow’s PG meeting should not come to anyone’s mind. Disciplinary action is crystal clear in Jubilee pact to those who are deviating from fundamental requirements of the party,” he posted on his social media page on Sunday.

Murathe also cautioned errant Jubilee members whom he accused of disrespect and insubordination to party leader President Uhuru, saying such unbecoming behaviours will not be tolerated.

On Saturday, the party summoned MPs to attend a National Assembly PG meeting on Monday, but the discussion of the scheduled meeting remains a ‘wait and see’.

“The Party Leader President Uhuru Kenyatta will on June 22, 2020, hold a Parliamentary Group Meeting for all Jubilee MPs at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, starting at 9 am,” Jubilee Party revealed on its Twitter page on Saturday afternoon.

His post elicited a bitter reaction from Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, who howled abusive words back at Murathe.
The PG comes amidst reports Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale could be targeted for replacement being the only Deputy President William Ruto’s ally still holding a post in the House.

Duale’s fate on the balance

Speaking to KTN News, party’s National Assembly Majority Whip Emmanuel Wangwe confirmed that part of the PG agenda will revolve around Kieni MP Kanini Kega’s petition which sought to remove Duale from Majority Leader position.

Wangwe said the meeting will involve discussion of grounds for removing Mr Duale after which the decision will be made after members shall have voted later on.

Asked whether Duale’s fate was already sealed, Mr Wangwe said he could not delve much into the probable outcome of the meeting, arguing that it is the party leadership that will speak.

“It is substantively before the party leader and party leadership but I wouldn’t preempt that this is what the party leadership will decide,” he said.

In the last PG meeting held in State House House, Nairobi, in June; heads rolled as the ruling party made changes in the Senate leadership positions.

Purge

Elegeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchummba Murkomen was replaced by his West Pokot counterpart Samuel Poghisio as the Senate Majority Leader. Murang’a Senator Irungu Kangata also succeeded Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika as the Majority Chief Whip in the House.

What ensued were other changes in the committee memberships which the removal of Nandi Senator Samson Chergagei from the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC).

Meru Senator Mithika Linturi, who served under Cherargei as JLAC Vice-Chair was also replaced by Christopher Lang’at of Bomet.

The purge, perceived to be a crackdown on DP Ruto allies infiltrated the National Assembly which saw the replacements of Ben Washiali as the Majority Chief Whip and Cecily Mbarire as Deputy Majority Chief Whip. The duo was replaced by Navakholo MP Emmanuel Wangwe and Igembe North MP Maoka Maore respectively.

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