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Jubilee Pulls Another Surprise To DP Ruto & Allies

Tinah KE

May. 19, 2020

Kipchumba Murkomen and Susan Kihika
Ousted Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and Majority Whip Susan Kihika were on Monday 18th May were handed a surprise card after Jubilee party told the High court that it has no jurisdiction to rule on the case they two filed opposing their removal from Senate leadership.
According to the Jubilee party, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika were required by law to exhaust the options established by the Political Parties Act before seeking external dispute resolution mechanisms.
“Judicial proceedings will be instituted only as the last resort and even then, such proceedings would be lodged before the PPDT and not this honourable court,” Jubilee lawyer Njoroge Regeru said.
This is after Kipchumba Murkomen and Susan Kihika had moved to court to seek to have the decision that got them ousted suspended claiming that the meeting lacked enough quorum to make the decision.
However, according to the Jubilee party Secretary General, Raphael Tuju, the PG meeting had the requred quorum to make the move, with Tuju noting that the required quorum is 19.5.
Tuju also revealed that the members present in the meeting were 20, who raised the required quorum. However, senators allied to DP William Ruto refuted the number.  Nakuru senator Susan Kihika was among those who disputed the changes saying that the members who attended the meeting did not reach the quorum needed to make such changes.
In a letter addressed to Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka on Monday, Kihika alongside 21 other senators claimed that they were only informed through the media that there was a meeting for Jubilee Party senators.
During th Parliamentary Group meeting that was chaired by president Uhuru KenyattaKipchumba  Murkomen was replaced by West Pokot senator Samuel   Poghisio and Susan Kihika was replaced by Muranga Senator Irungu Kang’ata.
Since the ruling, the High Court has denied the two senators allied to the Deputy President William Ruto any temporary redemption.
After the axing of Murkomen and Susan, Jubilee has maintained that it will continue with axing Jubilee members who do not abide by the party's agenda.
Speaking during an interview with KTN News, Jubilee Party Secretary general Raphael Tuju noted that there was no way, someone could criticize a party that got them into to government and go scot free.
"As a Majority Leader or a Majority Whip, you represent the government in the House. When you start criticising that government, then the honourable thing to do is to resign.
Raphael Tuju
"When they stay there being driven in government vehicles and enjoying government perks and still go into the Senate and abuse that same government...it is something that happens nowhere in the world let alone Kenya. They shouldn't even wait for us to push them out," he explained.
Tuju added that the party was targeting Members of Parliament who have been acting out of turn, noting that the chopping board was headed to the National Assembly.
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