NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 24 – The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) on Thursday began its ‘purge’ on errant members when it de-whipped Kilifi North MP Gideon Mung’aro as its Minority Whip in the National Assembly.
Through a letter dated July 23 to National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, Minority Leader Francis Nyenze said the decision was reached at CORD’s Parliamentary Group meeting on Tuesday.
In a separate letter, CORD has also asked Mung’aro to immediately hand over to Wundanyi MP Thomas Mwadeghu. Accordingly, Mung’aro will also cease to be a member of the House Business Committee.
The decision to formally remove Mung’aro came just a day after some Coast MPs rejected an order from the coalition’s leadership to replace him with Mwadeghu.
MPs Abdulswamad Sharif (Mvita), Mwalimu Mwahima (Likoni), Isha Katana (Women Rep), Mustafa Idd (Kilifi South), Dan Kazungu (Malindi Town) and Senator Steward Madzayo meeting under the under the Coast Parliamentary Group caucus – which Mung’aro chairs -rejected the ouster on Wednesday saying that Mung’aro was unfairly targeted.
Six Jubilee MPs led by Majority Deputy Leader Naomi Shaban were present at the meeting.
But on Thursday, 19 CORD lawmakers defended the party decision saying they were ready for by-elections if that is what it will require to replace the errant MPs.
Suna East MP Junet Mohammed claimed that some MPs from Coast, Kisii and parts of Ukambani had been compromised with goodies such as beach plots from the Jubilee government so that they frustrate CORD’s call for a referendum.
“We are not going to stop this exercise at Gideon Mung’aro only, this purge has started… we are ready to remain with 20-30 MPs who are loyal, and adhere to the aspirations, principals and values of the coalition. We don’t want to have large numbers who don’t add value,” the Suna East MP declared.
“I want to put those errant members on notice, we are coming for you, and CORD is even ready to go for by-elections in those regions. That is the next course of action.”
Mombasa Senator Omar Hassan Omar said those MPs who have a foot in the Government and another in CORD, should quit and seek a fresh mandate “if they think they are strong on the ground.”
“We are saying that we have kicked you out of our team, so that he can now go play for that other team he has been warming up to,” Senator Omar said.