President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday summoned a senate parliamentary group in a meeting at State House where changes were made ousting Mr Kipchumba Murkomen (Majority Leader) and Susan Kihika (Majority Chief Whip) and replacing them with West Pokot Senator Samuel Poghisio and Murang’a’s Irungu Kang’ata, respectively.
The two have been accused of sabotaging the president’s agenda in what insiders call gross insubordination.
The changes have caused political outrage with some politicians criticizing the move made by the president, terming it as a gross violation of the party’s constitution while others claiming it is a plot to kick out Ruto’s allies.
The changes will see the two leaders, Murkomen and Kihika, lose a lot of allowances and privileges that they were entitled to.
Some of them include:
1. Losing offices and extra staff who were fully paid by the Public Service Commission.
2. Withdrawal of enhanced security and vehicles paid for and fueled by the government.
3. About Sh400,000 allowances above other members that they will cease to be entitled to.
4. Allocation of extra security officers with a maximum of five security officers, an office, and government vehicles withdrawn.
5. Monthly pensions and basic salary affected upon removal from the office.
However, the two have dismissed Jubilee’s changes claiming that it was illegally done and the senators did not follow due process in voting them out and therefore they remain the bonafide Majority leader in the Senate and Majority Whip respectively.