It has emerged outspoken Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei is among four legislators from Deputy President William Ruto’s backyard who voted to oust Kipchumba Murkomen and Susan Kihika from Senate leadership.
Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi said the other senators were; Uasin Gishu’s Margaret Kamar and Michael Mbito (Trans Nzoia).
Sudi, a close ally of Ruto, said the lawmakers would likely face voters’ wrath in the upcoming General Election for betraying one of their own.
“From the DP’s backyard we know four senators who signed for the removal of Murkomen and Kihika at State House. They are Cherargei, Kamar and Mbito. Nandi senator scanned his signature,”‘ he was quoted by the Daily Nation.
Murkomen and Kihika were replaced as maority leader and majority whip respectively at a Jubilee Parliamentary group meeting at State House on Monday, May 11.
Sudi had earlier claimed Ruto made 22 calls to Cherargei in a bid to woo him to come to the rescue of Murkomen and Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika.
According to the vocal legislator, Ruto’s resolve to intervene was the last resort after attempts by other party counterparts to reach Cherargei failed.
“We began looking for Cherargei so that he could come and append his signature to the letter that had been drafted by Kihika but he kept on saying he will come to where we were but to no avail. This is when I told the boss (DP) to call him. He was called 22 times but he kept on saying he is around and would come and sign,” claimed Sudi.