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L-R: Nominated Senators Senators Millicent Omanga, Victor Prengei, Falhada Iman, Naomi Waqo and Mary Seneta are facing expulsion from the ruling Jubilee Party/FILE

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Jubilee Party Disciplinary Committee concludes hearings on 5 Senators charged with misconduct

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 27 – The Jubilee Party Disciplinary Committee Wednesday concluded hearings on show-cause submissions by five Senators facing expulsion from the party after they snubbed a Parliamentary Group meeting convened by President Uhuru Kenyatta on May 11.

Committee chairman Lumatete Muchai said the panel will be retreating to prepare their final report and recommendations which they will release within 14 days.

During Wednesday’s hearings Nominated Senators Millicent Omanga and Victor Prengei refuted accusations that they are not loyal to the ruling party when they appeared before the Party’s Disciplinary Committee.

Omanga attributed her failure to attend the meeting held at State House, Nairobi on May 11 to her inability to get any communication inviting her to the said event.

“I did not get the message, and even right now I have tried to the search for that message in my inbox but I have to admit it is impossible to get all these messages. When I realized I did not receive the message, I informed the Chief Whip,” she went on to explained.

Omanga pledged her loyalty to the party, citing that her prompt membership fee remittance as a sign of this.

“I have subscribed to the party, since 2017, I have paid over 600,000 shillings. I would not pay if I am not loyal.”

Prengei on his part said he has never gone against the Jubilee Party’s code of conduct terming the allegation of being disloyal as invalid.

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The Nominated Senator from the Ogiek, a Minority Community, said he did not attend the meeting because he was in the village in East Mau which is served by very poor telephony network and road connectivity.

He said he did receive a text message inviting him to the meeting because his mobile phone was off because he uses solar and could not recharge because of the rainy season.

Other Nominated Senators – Falhada Iman, Naomi Waqo and Mary Seneta –appeared before the team on Tuesday where presented their apology for missing the meeting which resolved to eject former Senate leadership including Deputy Speaker Kindiki Kithure, Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and Senate Whip Susan Kihika.

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