The fate of Senator Kithure Kindiki (pictured left) as Senate deputy speaker had by last evening been sealed after 51 members signed to support a motion to kick him out.
Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata gave a notice of motion for the removal of Kindiki amid reports that at least two senators approached to replace him had declined the offer.
The Standard has established that 51 senators – from Jubilee Party and Opposition coalition NASA – had signed to support the motion.
Jubilee Party kicked off the process of removing the Tharaka Nithi Senator days after dethroning Kipchumba Murkomen as Leader of Majority in the House.
Senators were divided on grounds advanced by Jubilee Party to oust the deputy speaker even as sources said senators from other parties felt that a position of deputy speaker should not be used to settle Jubilee factional wars.
At the time of moving the Motion, Margaret Kamar (Uasin Gishu) and Johnstone Sakaja had reportedly turned down offers to take up the position once Kindiki is ousted forcing Jubilee honchos to approach ODM’s Stewart Madzayo (Kilifi) and Judy Pareno (nominated).
The Muranga Senator Kang’ata moved a motion in the Senate initiating the process for the removal of Prof Kithure Kindiki after the Tharaka Nithi senator failed to attend a Jubilee Parliamentary Group meeting convened by the party leader president Uhuru Kenyatta at statehouse and where allies of Deputy President William Ruto were shown the door last week.
According to insiders,a senior State House official who is a close ally of the President in Parliament in the morning before Kang’ata moved the notice in the afternoon. His presence, according to inside sources, was to lobby senators to back the initiative. Sources also said the top official was there to convince Kindiki to apologise for his alleged ‘sins’ but he was adamant.
Here is the list of senators who have signed the motion to kick out Kindiki from his seat:
1.Yusuf Haji, Garissa
2.Hargura Godana, Marsabit
3.Fatuma Dulo, Isiolo
4.Ali Abdulahi, Wajir
5.Peter Ndwiga, Embu
6.Githiomi Mwangi, Nyandarua
7.Ephraim Maina, Nyeri
8.Charles Kibiru, Kirinyaga
9.Irungu Kang’ata, Muranga
10.Kimani Wamatangi, Kiambu
11.Samuel Poghisio, West Pokot
12.Michael Mbito, Trans Nzoia
13.Jepkoech Kamar, Uasin Gishu
14.Gideon Moi, Baringo
15.Johnson Sakaja, Nairobi
16.Beth Mugo, Nairobi (nominated)
17.Alice Chepkorir, Bomet
18.Milicent Omanga, Nairobi (nominated)
19.Christine Zawadi Gona, Kilifi
20.Mary Seneta, Kajiado
21.Falhada Dekow Iman, Garissa
22.Naoimi Jilo Wago, Marsabit
23.Abshiro Soka Halake, Isiolo
24.Victor Prengei, Nakuru
25.Isaack Mwaura, Kiambu.
26.James Orengo, Siaya
27.Rose Nyamunga, Kisumu (nominated)
28.Beatrice Kwamboka, Nairobi (nominated)
29.Naomi Shiyonga, Kajiado (nominated)
30.Judith Pareno, Kajiado (nominated)
31.Boy Issa Juma, Kwale
32.Mohamed Faki Mwinyihaji, Mombasa
33.Ochillo Ayacko, Migori
34.Getrude Musuruve Kakamega (nominated)
35.Sylvia Kasanga, Nairobi (nominated)
36.Johnes Mwaruma, Taita Taveta
37.Chebeni Mercy, Uasin Gishu
38.Mutula Kilonzo Jnr, Makueni
39.Agnes Zani, Kwale
40.Moses Kajwang, Homa Bay
The impeachment motion is a continuation of Uhuru’s onslaught against allies of his deputy William Ruto as it comes hot on the heels of the dramatic ouster of Murkomen and Nakuru’s Susan Kihika as Majority Whip respectively, last week.