A Jubilee PG meeting scheduled for Monday, 22nd June 2020 has raised speculations that the fate of Majority Leader Aden Duale might be on the balance. The speculations come in the midst of reports that 126 out of 179 MPs have signed a petition to remove him from office. Hon. Duale appeared to have survived the first round of a Jubilee purge executed in the National Assembly when the last PG was held on 2nd June 2020. However the petition suggests otherwise.
Sources privy to the recent happenings within the National Assembly indicate that some MPs identifying with Kieleweke were disgruntled when Duale’s name was omitted by the President when he made sweeping changes in the National Assembly leadership. The then Majority Chief Whip Benjamin Washiali and his deputy Cecily Mbarire were ousted from their positions. Various changes in the composition of House committees were made, effectively ejecting members who were deemed disloyal to the President.
Word around town is that the disgruntled MPs felt that the President’s omission of Duale’s name was not inadvertent and hence did not mean that he had been left off the hook. They resolved to sign the petition and present it to the President as a strategy to get clarification from him on the matter. It has since emerged that the President received the petition and has arrived at a decision on the said matter which will be communicated in the Monday PG at KICC.
Already, the invitation to the PG has elicited mixed reactions among Jubilee MPs with some MPs speculating on the agenda of the day. Hon. Moses Kuria intimated that the PG is likely to be another ‘talk-down’ session for the MPs. The reactions have been further sparked by a Facebook post allegedly attributed to Jubilee Vice Chair David Murathe warning MPs of consequences should they skip the PG.
Photo: Hon. Aden Duale