President Uhuru’s lethal “cleanup” at the Jubilee Party camp in a bid to halt his deputy William Ruto’s presidential plans has sparked varied reactions on social media.
Yesterday, Senators Kipchumba Murkomen and Susan Kihika became the first casualties as the feud between the two former buddies continues to boil over.
In a closed-door State House meeting which included Kanu leaders, it was resolved that Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen be replaced with West Pokot Senator Samuel Poghisio as the Senate Majority Leader.
His Nakuru counterpart Susan Kihika who held the position of Senate Majority Chief whip was de-whipped and replaced by her deputy, Murang’a Senator Irungu Kangata.
Reacting to the latest political move made amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a majority of netizens opined that this was yet another huge blow in William Ruto’s dreams of making it to the house on the hill.
Disproving this notion, blogger Robert Alai sent out a post asking Kenyans not to rule Ruto out yet since, according to him, he is the man responsible for Raila Odinga’s entry into the Prime Minister’s office and Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidency.
He finished off with the popular Swahili quote, “Mgala muue lakini khaki umpe…”.
One of his followers who responded asked him to accept and move on since Ruto’s fate had already been set.
A seemingly irritated Alai then retorted, boasting that despite how events turn out in the coming days, he will always be a phone-call away from whoever ends up in power.
Adding that Uhuru, Raila, and Ruto all pick his calls but would never pick one from a commoner like him.
The ousted Jubilee Senate leaders will now contend with slashed allowances and renunciation of other privileges following the Jubilee coalition Senate Parliamentary Group Meeting that replaced them Monday.
The leaders who now serve as Elgeyo Marakwet and Nakuru Senators, respectively, had been entitled to higher pay packages compared to their colleagues, enhanced security, and vehicles paid for by the government.
They will also lose offices and extra staff who were fully paid by the Public Service Commission.
Majority and minority leaders earn slightly over the Sh200,000 and responsibility allowance of about Sh138,000 monthly which Mr. Murkomen will no longer be entitled to.
The officeholders of those positions are also entitled to extra security officers — a maximum of five security officers and an office, so the moment they lose your seat, those staffs are rendered jobless and the vehicles surrendered.
Their removal will also affect their pensions, which he noted is usually based on “your last basic salary.”
Jubilee Vice-Chairman David Murathe defended the removal of Mr. Murkomen and Ms. Kihika over what he termed as “opposing party positions and policies in the Senate.”