In Summary
  • The Nation has established that the President is unhappy with some of the House leaders and committee chairs whose public actions and pronouncements have cast them as government critics.
  • He wants them replaced as part of his plan to take control and ensure that government business is not derailed in both chambers.
  • While replacing committee chiefs is a walk in the park, removing House leaders will be an uphill task.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is moving to stem dissent in Jubilee Party with a major shake-up expected in the leadership of both the National Assembly and Senate.

The changes are engineered to give the President control of government business in Parliament, previously under Deputy President William Ruto’s allies.

The party is engulfed in a protracted civil war pitting MPs allied to Dr Ruto (Tangatanga) against those allied to Mr Kenyatta (Kieleweke).

The Nation has established that the President is unhappy with some of the House leaders and committee chairs whose public actions and pronouncements have cast them as government critics. He wants them replaced as part of his plan to take control and ensure that government business is not derailed in both chambers.

Cherang’any MP Joshua Kuttuny, a key ally of the President, confirmed on Wednesday that the Kieleweke team has been pushing for the changes as one of the ways of securing the President’s agenda in the House.

“I can confirm that the discussions are at the highest level of the party and that we are at the tail end of ensuring the changes are effected. I can assure you, it is inevitable,” he said.

“It’s long overdue and we are pushing it. You cannot purport to be supporting the President, but also oppose his agenda and undermine him. They should not have it both ways.”

Just to show the matter has been concluded, the MP asked Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju to bite the bullet “and forward the list to Parliament”.

Fafi MP Abdikarim Osman confirmed the plot. “Yes, yes … yes. We want everybody out,” he said.

“The President is Uhuru Kenyatta and those not happy with him should relinquish their positions and wait until they form their government. For now, it is President Kenyatta and his supporters must take charge of the committees.”

Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa may as well be the first casualty of the shake-up, according to a highly placed source in government.

The MP, who is a dyed-in-wool supporter of the DP, is the chairman of the Budget and Appropriations Committee of the National Assembly, a powerful entity that bears great influence in national budget-making and how public finances are expended.

Parliament’s central role in budget-making is anchored in the 51-member committee, which is mandated to oversee the budget decision-making process from formulation and approval to implementation.

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