Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki has been impeached as Deputy Speaker of the Senate.
In what was perceived to be President Uhuru and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s statement to DP Ruto, a majority of 54 senators from both ends of the house voted to impeach the deputy speaker.
Seven (7) senators voted against the motion while no Senators who abstained. Two votes were removed from the count after Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen opposed an attempt to allow Senators to vote in absentia.
Majority Chief Whip in the Senate, Irungu Kangata, had on Tuesday given a Notice of Motion to remove Deputy Speaker allegedly for snubbing a Jubilee Coalition’s Senate Parliamentary Group meeting convened by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.
The special sitting called by the Senate speaker, Kenneth Lusaka was attended by 65 out of 67 Senators with some 26 of senators from the minority side voting with the majority party in favor of the Deputy Speaker’s impeachment.
Two Senators, Mr Wetangula of Bungoma and Ms. Judith Pareno did not vote since they were not present at the Senate. It is believed that Senator Moses Wetangula is in mandatory quarantine after his brother died of suspected COVID-19 complications.
Seven Senators known to be loyal to the “tanga tanga” faction of Jubilee voted against the removal of Prof. Kindiki. They are: Former Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen, Former majority whip Susan Kihika, Aaron Cheruiyot, Christopher Langat, John Kinyua, Samson Cherargey and Kindiki himself.
In his statement, Professor Kindiki said that he was loyal to the President and has always respected him. He stated that he was disappointed that a special sitting of the Senate was called to debate his ouster while millions of Kenyans are suffering from the effects of locust attacks, floods and the coronavirus pandemic.
“I bow in shame to note that we are here today for such an elitist triviality powered by petty, divisive and vindictive politics as the country hurts from the lethal combination of a nearly collapsed economy, a ravaging pandemic, floods…”