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Uhuru cracks the whip in unceremonious takeover of the Senate leadership

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NAIROBI—West Pokot senator, Samuel Poghisio has replaced Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen as the Senate Majority Leader after party meeting on Monday at State House.

The meeting was chaired by President Uhuru, according to statement released by the presidency.

“‪His Excellency the President today at State House, Nairobi chaired a Jubilee Coalition Parliamentary Group meeting that brought together Senators from Jubilee Party and the Kenya African National Union (KANU),” said State House spokesperson, Kanze Dena in statement to the Press.

Isiolo Senator Fatuma Dullo Adan will now be the deputy majority leader while Murang’a’s Irungu Kang’ata will be the majority chief whip with Nominated Senator Farhiya Ali Haji being his deputy.

Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata has replaced Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika as the Majority Chief Whip. Kang’ata will be deputised by Wajir nominated senator Farhiya Ali Haji.

The State House statement stated that : “During the meeting, attended by 20 Senators, the Parliamentary Group meeting resolved to strengthen the Coalition’s Senate Leadership.”

“His Excellency the President congratulated the new Jubilee Coalition Senate leaders and assured them of his support,” the communication by Kanze read in part.

“The President who is also the Party Leader of the Jubilee Coalition said he looks forward to working closely with the new Senate Leadership in delivering services to Kenyans.”

Poghisio won his West Pokot senate seat during the 2017 general election through a Kanu ticket and his new role comes barely days after Murkomen criticized the “militarization” of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services.

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