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Confusion in CORD over controversial Senate changes

18 February 2016, 22:51

Nairobi - There is controversy within the CORD coalition after the removal of Nyamira Senator Kennedy Mong'are from a powerful Senate committee, a day after he was elected its chairman.

The Daily Nation reported that Mong'are (Ford-Kenya) controversially deposed his Kakamega counterpart Boni Khalwale (UDF) from the helm of the Senate Public Accounts and Investments Committee Tuesday, in a move that caught opposition leaders in the House unawares.

Minority Whip Johnson Muthama said Monga're was not among senators identified to vie for the chairmanship of the House team and that he dethroned Dr Khalwale without their blessing.

Muthama de-whipped him through a letter to Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro that indicated that he had been dropped and replaced with nominated Senator Agnes Zani.

"This is to notify you that pursuant to the Senate Standing Order No 180 the Cord Coalition has discharged Sen Mong'are Kennedy Okong'o from the Sessional Committee on County Public Accounts and Investments Committee with immediate effect and replaced him with Senator Dr Agnes Zani," said Mr Muthama in the letter sent Wednesday evening.

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But Capital News reports that the decision has not gone down well amongst CORD senators and MPs.

FORD-K Secretary General Eseli Simiyu said he had not written to CORD seeking the de-whipping of their MP.

The embattled Mong’are on his part remained defiant and even chaired his maiden sitting on Thursday morning saying he had not been notified of the unprocedural action.

“Those are premature letters which do not stop me from being the chairman of the PAIC, whereby I won yesterday decisively and overwhelmingly. I am a member of Ford Kenya from Nyamira County, my party leadership does not subscribe to that kind of letter. I have just come from a Parliamentary Group meeting and they have congratulated me and told me they have faith in me. Even my party leader was in the meeting, so I don’t understand where this letter is coming from,” he said.

Ten MPs from the Gusii region led by Jimmy Angwenyi and Ben Momanyi have in the meantime demanded the CORD leadership withdraws the letter purporting to de-whip the Nyamira Senator.

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