Outspoken Garissa Town MP Aden Duale has been axed as Jubilee party Majority Leader in the National Assembly. His position has now been taken up by Former Finance Minister and Kipipiri MP Amos Kimunya as the purge in Jubilee continues.
The changes were announced during a Jubilee coalition parliamentary group meeting chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta, and attended by his deputy William Ruto at the Kenyatta international Convention Center (KICC), which lasted less than an hour.
Also in attendance were Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju and a total of 174 Jubilee Coalition Members of the National Assembly.
Eldas MP Adan Keynan was also appointed Secretary of the Jubilee Coalition National Assembly PG.
According to President Kenyatta, more changes in the composition of House committees will be communicated to the speaker of the National Assembly, by the new coalition leadership by Thursday June 25th.
Speaking to the media after the PG the newly appointed Majority Leader Amos Kimunya, expressed gratitude to President Kenyatta for his appointment, promising to serve in the position for the greater good of the country.
“The main outcome was change in leadership of the party and I want to thank the president as a party leader for proposing me to take over as new majority leader in parliament…It is a great honor to me and I promise to do my best to serve not just the party but the country as we get into the issues that need to be addressed”, Kimunya stated.
Kimunya also dispelled claims of the existence of a rebel group within Jubilee, stating the meeting attendance was a clear indication of members’ commitment to the party.
“We don’t have rebels. Rebels exist in the eyes of those who want to profile people as pro or anti. I don’t see anyone travelling all that distance at night to come to rebel, people came here because they are committed to the party”, Kimunya clarified.
Rumors have been rife of disquiet among members after Aden Duale was retained by the president as the Majority leader during another PG two weeks ago, with a petition for his removal initiated by Kieni MP kanini Kega who is a close ally of the President culminating in his removal the morning of Monday June 22.
The petition for Duale’s removal is alleged to have been signed by 126 out of 179 Members of National Assembly.