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Senate Sends Deputy Speaker Kindiki Kithure Packing

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Ousted Senate Deputy peaker Senator Kithure Kindiki (right) and Tharaka MP Gitonga Murugara at Uragate Tharaka Cultural Festival
Tharaka Nith Senator Kithure Kindiki has been removed as Kenya’s Senate Deputy Speaker for insurbodination and being disloyal to Jubilee Party leader Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The Tharaka-Nithi senator lost his seat as deputy senate speaker after 54 senators voted in favour of the impeachment motion as seven senators voted against the motion.
The motion required at least two-thirds majority (44 members voting yes) to go through.
Kindiki’s exit is part of the purge against Deputy President William Ruto’s allies who are accused of undermining President Uhuru.
Among those that voted in favour of his removal was Ruto ally and nominated senator Millicent Omanga.
Kindiki is accused of being disloyal to President Uhuru Kenyatta by failing to attend a Parliamentary Group meeting at State House, Nairobi where a decision was reached to dismiss Murkomen and Kihika as Majority Leader and Majority Whip respectively.
Kindiki was accused of among other things onspiring with ex- Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen to rubbish President Uhuru’s deed of transfer of functions of Nairobi County government to the national government for the sake of the people of Nairobi.
President Uhuru allies also accused Kithure of mobilizing Jubilee senators against the ‘wishes of the party’.
The motion seeking for Kindiki’s removal was filed by Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata on Tuesday, May 19th, 2020.
 “In accordance with standing order 30 (5) of the Senate Standing Orders, the business specified in this notice shall be the only business before the Senate during the special sitting …” the notice says.
Kindiki, in his speech, vowed to soldier on with his political career and cautioned his tormentors that he will bounce back in the coming days ahead.

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DP Ruto Denies Being Behind Distribution of Poisonous Food

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Deputy President William Ruto has distanced himself from the distribution of toxic relief food that was branded in his foundation’s name that has affected residents of Kikuyu Constituency, Kiambu County.

The DP reacted in the wake of reports that several residents of Kikuyu had developed stomach complications with others being hospitalised after consuming the food items packed in bags labelled William Ruto Foundation and Kimani Ichungwah.

The country’s second-in-command accused his political enemies as individuals behind distribution of the harmful food of being behind a scheme of maligning him with the food donation.

The Deputy President, in a statement through his Communications Secretary David Mugonyi, denied being behind the distribution instead blaming it on “political thuggery.”

Last Wednesday, May 20th, 2020, 600 families in Nachu Ward were part of the wider 3,600 households that benefitted from our food distribution; to shield Kenyans from adverse effects of the outbreak

Ruto regretted what he termed playing with the health and lives of innocent Kenyans to score political points.

He further stated that his foundation only delivers relief packages through churches, mosques and with the participation of local leaders.

“Reports from locals indicate that the strange food donations in question were hurriedly thrown from moving vehicles to unsuspecting public with fake branding, that is not from the Foundation,” read the statement.

“The William Ruto Foundation has been donating food in Nairobi and its environs for months now without any incident. It is clear those behind the distribution of the contaminated food are engaging in political thuggery for other reasons.”

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Wiper to Join Jubilee Coalition Government

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President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) confers with Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka
Former Kenya’s Vice President (VP) Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka has been authorized by the Wiper Democratic Party of Kenya (WDPK) National Executive Counci (NEC) to immediately seal a post-election pact with the ruling Jubilee party.
“The resolution was reached during a virtual meeting held via Zoom, with more than 50 NEC members unanimously backing an immediate implementation of the Cooperation Agreement,” the council said in a statement.
The NEC resolved that once the Cooperation Agreement is sealed, it will be signed by the Party Chairman former Foreign Affairs minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere and Secretary-General Judith Sijeny.
It was agreed that a National Delegates Conference (NDC) will be convened  in the near future to endorse the formation of a coalition between the Wiper, Jubilee and KANU parties.
However, Wiper Party resolved that it still remains a member of the National Super Alliance (NASA).
“This Cooperation Agreement does not breach our agreements under the NASA Coalition,” Musyoka told the NEC members.

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MURKOMEN ATTACKS PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA IN PARLIAMENT

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There was drama at the Senate sitting on Tuesday after Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen protested his ouster from the Jubilee senate leadership.

Shooting from the hip, Murkomen accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of orchestrating his ouster, noting that he is a very small target for the president.

“If the greatest achievement of the president of Kenya is to demonstrate to the people of this country that I have removed my majority leader, that I’m a big man, Mr speaker, the president is already a big man and I’m just the son of a squatter,” he said.

“I want to say now that Murkomen is out of the way, deliver for the people of Kenya, I will not be your stumbling block, allow all the bills that have been passed unconstitutionally to come to the house,”

At the same time, he accused the president of lying to the senate that he would allocate oversight funds to the house, saying the funds were yet to be remitted almost three years down the line.

“Mr President stop lying to Senate, you promised to give funds to this house where is it, if Murkomen was on the way, give us that money now since am away from the house,” he added.

His statement was however shot down by Siaya Senator James Orengo who said the attack on the president was unwarranted and in bad taste.

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