NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 2 – Garissa Township MP Aden Duale on Tuesday retained his position as National Assembly Majority Leader following a Jubilee Party Parliamentary Group meeting held at the State House, Nairobi.
The meeting convened by President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is the Party Leader, further ratified the ouster of the Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali as Majority Chief Whip, assigning the post to Navakholo MP Emmanuel Wangwe.
The meeting was attended by Deputy President William Ruto, who is also the Jubilee Party’s Deputy Leader, Secretary General Raphael Tuju and a total of 212 Members of Parliament.
Wangwe’s first order of business will be to reconstitute the membership of the House Committees.
He has been given until next Tuesday to begin the purge on Committee leadership which are perceived to be frustrating President Uhuru Kenyatta’s implementation of the Big Four agenda and efforts to unite the country through Building Bridges Initiative.
Duale reportedly retained the seat after MPs rejected the proposed bid of the Kipipiri MP Amos Kimunya.
Deputy Majority Whip, Nominated MP Cecily Mbarire, lost her seat to Igembe North’s Maoka Maore.
A statement released by State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena-Mararo further confirmed the appointment of Kipipiri MP Amos Kimunya to serve as the Secretary of the Jubilee Coalition Joint Parliamentary Group.
“Today’s Parliamentary Group meeting endorsed Hon Justin B Muturi to continue serving as the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon Moses Cheboi to continue serving as the Deputy Speaker, Hon Adan Duale to continue serving as the Majority Leader in the National Assembly, and Hon Jimmy Angwenyi to continue serving as the Deputy Majority Leader,” read the statement in part.
Budget and Appropriate Committee Chairman Kimani Ichungwah also survived the purge as his term at the helm of the sessional committee will be coming to end in September
The influential Committee is mandated to examine the Budget Policy Statement presented to the House; examine Bills related to the national budget, including Appropriations Bills; and evaluate tax estimates, economic and budgetary policies and programmes with direct budget outlays.