The fate of Kithure Kindiki as the Senate deputy speaker is now definite. This is after a number of 51 members signed to support a motion to dismiss him yesterday evening. The game of numbers comprises of both Jubilee and NASA members.
Senate Majority Whip Irungu issued the motion despite allegations that two contestants who were approached to replace Kindiki declined the offer. This comes days after Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen was dethroned.
Nairobi’s Johnstone Sakaja and Uasin Gishu’s Margaret Kamar had reportedly turned down the offer to take up the position once Irungu was gone. Replying to the question on whether he was offered the position, Sakaja replied “Yes, not interested in the position.”
However, some members have pointed out that the position of Senate Deputy Speaker is a crucial post. Therefore, it should not be a gateway to settle Jubilee internal wars.
According to sources, a close ally of the president was yesterday morning seen in parliament. This was before Irungu moved the motion in the afternoon. His presence, according to inside sources was to lobby members into supporting the motion later in the afternoon. Also, it is said that the top official was there to convince Kindiki to surrender and apologize for his “deeds”, which he was reluctant.
The impeachment motion is a continuation of the president’s crackdown on his deputy, Ruto. It is among his tactics to isolate Ruto, by use of numbers. In response to all this, Ruto’s allies have pointed out that they will fight back, but in the legal way.
As the President’s axe looms over Deputy President and his allies, Kenyans have no other option but to wait and see who it will strike next.