Rout of Ruto allies in House committees now complete

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020 00:00 |
Former Leader of Majority Aden Duale now to sit in the Public Accounts Committee. Photo/PD/FILE

Hardliners allied to Deputy President William Ruto were yesterday dealt the final blow after they were removed from key departmental committees and taken to less prestigious ones.

But the former Leader of Majority Aden Duale was lucky after he was placed in the powerful Public Accounts Committee.

Ruto allies Kimani Ichungw’a, Moses Kuria, Gladys Shollei and Benjamin Washiali were replaced in the reconstituted list compiled yesterday by new Leader of Majority Amos Kimunya and Leader of Minority John Mbadi.

In the revised list the parties agreed to have ODM lead two committees. Homa Bay Woman Rep Gladys Wanga will head the Finance Committee while her Busia counterpart  Florence Mutua will chair the Education one.

Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo will be the vice-chairman of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee.

Kieni MP Kanini Kega who has been instrumental in the process of removing Ruto allies, will chair the powerful Budget Committee.

In the new list to be tabled tomorrow during a Special Sitting, Ichungw’a has been placed in the Members’ Welfare Committee, Kuria in Implementation, Washiali(Broadcasting) and Shollei (Rules and Procedures).

Bomet Women Rep  Joyce Korir and  Nixon Korir (Langa’ta) will  sit in the Members Service Committee while Lugari MP Ayub Savula (ANC), an ally of Musalia Mudavadi was moved from the influential Transport Committee to Trade.

Ready to serve

But two of Ruto’s allies, David Pkosing and William Kisang were retained as chairmen of the Transport and ICT committees respectively following what sources said was influenced by the CS serving in the same dockets.

The two have good working relationships with CSs James Macharia (Transport) and Joe Mucheru (ICT).

Yesterday Duale said he was ready to serve in any committee in fulfillment of his role as a member of Parliament.

“I am not aware of the changes but my position is that I am ready to serve in fulfillment of my duties to oversight, represent and legislate functions given to me by the Constitution as a member of Parliament,” Duale told People Daily.

But Ichung’wa did not have kind words with the House leadership, saying he was not interested in any position.

“I am not interested in any position and am not even aware that they have placed me in a committee,” said Ichungw’a.

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