A call from President Uhuru Kenyatta last week may have saved TangaTanga MPs by thwarting the push for parliamentary leadership by Kieleweke allied MPs together with their ODM counterparts.
The faction had threatened to kick out Ruto allies who hold key parliamentary position as well as chairing crucial committees in both the Senate and National Assembly.
The attempts to have pro-Ruto legislators dropped, flopped after President Uhuru Kenyatta intervened. Uhuru is said to have hold the view that changing the parliamentary leadership at this time would only escalate the tension within Jubilee party.
Kieleke MPs had threatened to resurface the motion last week during the setting up of House Business Committee responsible for setting up house agenda.
Sources indicate that Kielweke MPs had threatened to block the vetting of PS nominees in order to push for changes in parliamentary leadership, but a last minute call from President Uhuru to Majority leader Aden Duale on Thursday saved the TangaTanga MPs.
According to the source, Uhuru assured Duale that his job was safe and that he would deal will some of the Kieleweke MPs hell bent on frustrating government agenda in the house.
But a defiant nominated MP Maina Kamanda has insisted the plan to remove TangaTanga MPs from house leadership positions will go on. The legislator also dismissed calls for a Jubilee parliamentary group meeting saying it wasn’t a priority at the moment but unless the PG is going to ratify house leadership changes.
“There is no need for Jubilee Paliamentary Group meeting not unless it’s going to approve changes in house leadership. We cannot have house leadership that support criminals and corrupt individuals”, said Maina Kamanda in a veiled reference to Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen.
The overdrive to whittle down Ruto’s control of the House business leadership by removing his allies in TangaTanga was temporarily slowed by the death of the former President Daniel Moi.
The wars pitting the two factions of Jubilee have been heightened by the looming partly elections scheduled for next month as it is seen as crucial in determining 2022 Jubilee presidential candidate.
But even has the plot to remove DP allies cools down, TangaTanga MPs have said they will not take their removal lying down. The group which boasts of majority MPs in the National Assembly have said they are being targeted because of supporting DP Ruto.
But even as the plot crystallizes, the pro-Ruto MPs have warned that it will not be a walk in the park.
“It is not going to be a walk in the park as they think. Let them try. We have the numbers in the National Assembly and we will use it accordingly,” said Majority whip Benjamin Washiali one of those targeted for removal.
Others targeted for removal in the National Assembly include Majority leader Aden Duale, Baringo North MP William Cheptumo (Justice and Legal Affairs chair), Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa (Budget and Appropriations Committee chair), Pokot South MP David Pkosing (Transport), and Mandera West’s Adan Haji (Agriculture).
In the senate, Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, House Legal Affairs and Human rights committee chair Samson Cherargei, and Chief Whip Susan Kihika are also targeted for removal.