Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata has been replaced as the Senate Majority Whip.
The decision to dethrone Kang’ata was confirmed by Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju during a meeting with JP senators at the KICC in Nairobi. The Jubilee Party has picked Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi as the new Senate Majority Whip.
Tuju said that Kang’ata had acted in contempt of the party’s constitution.
The SG said Kang’ata had addressed the Party Leader, President Uhuru Kenyatta, disrespectfully.
The Murang’a senator angered the hierarchy of the Jubilee party after writing a letter to President Kenyatta, claiming that the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) had little support of only 20 per cent in the Mt Kenya region.
He claimed that his unscientific research had established that two residents supported the document, two were indifferent and six opposed it.
Tuju noted that there were other internal mechanisms within the party that Kang’ata should have used to communicate his message to the Head of State.
According to the former Rarieda MP, the senator also leaked some details of a confidential meeting between him and senior party officials.
Kang’ata has served as the Senate Majority Whip for only nine months.
He replaced Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, who was de-whipped as a result of her association with Deputy President William Ruto.
At the time, Kang’ata celebrated her removal.
The Jubilee Party has settled for Kiambu Senator Wamatangi as the new Senate Majority Whip.