Irungu Kang’ata Ousted As Senate Chief Whip

Irungu Kang’ata Ousted As Senate Chief Whip

The Jubilee party has been on an expulsion spree with 7 Senators removed from the party on Monday, 8th February. They are Prengei Victor, Milicent Omanga, Seneta Mary Tiane, Gona Christine Zawadi, Isaac Mwaura, Waqo Naomi Jilo and Iman Dekow.

Though not expelled from the party, Senator Irungu Kang’ata is the latest one to face the purge. Kang’ata has been removed from the position of Senate Majority Whip. Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi has been appointed to take his place.

The announcement was made in a meeting chaired by the party’s Secretary General Raphael Tuju, on behalf of party leader Uhuru Kenyatta.

Many see the purge to have been targeting party members seen as rebels. These are members who have affiliation to the Deputy President William Ruto’s Tangatanga movement. The members recently launched UDA, a party that is perceived to be DP Ruto’s new political vehicle come 2022.

Why was Kang’ata Dismissed?

The dismissal of Kang’ata in particular may be seen as a response to recent remarks he made. The vocal Senator said that the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) was hugely unpopular in the Mt. Kenya region. 

However, Tuju dismissed these assertions, adding that Kang’ata was ousted because he couldn’t be trusted with confidential party information.

“Kang’ata’s biggest problem is that he kisses and tells, you can have an internal confidential meeting only for him to discuss with other third parties, you should never kiss and tell.” said Tuju.

On his part, the Senator has not yet made any remarks concerning today’s events. However, a post made on his Twitter page seems to suggest that ODM Leader Raila Odinga may have played a part in his predicament.

Senator Mwaura was also expelled from Jubilee despite being accused by Junet Mohamed for taking advantage of his disability. 

The politics around the BBI and 2022 general elections continue to take shape. Keep it C.O.K for more updates on these and more political stories.

C.O.K Correspondent
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