Former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s allies are now eyeing ejecting Kanini Kega and Sabina Chege from their nominated positions.
Just a day after Azimio succeeded in ejecting nominated Member of Parliament Sabina Chege as the deputy minority whip in the National Assembly, the embattled party leadership now wants to revoke her nomination together with EALA counterpart Kanini Kega.
Jubilee NEC which met on Thursday has instructed the party’s leadership in parliament to engage their Azimio allies to kick out members loyal to President William Ruto from committee leadership.
During the NEC, which Uhuru addressed on a phone call, the Jubilee party indicated that it was important to have members committed to the party.
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta (second left) attends Jubilee National Delegates Convention on Monday, May 22, 2023.
“Once we are properly in office by the court, the first agenda business will be to denominate Sabina Chege and Kanini Kega. Kega’s position at EALA was from Jubilee,” Jubilee vice chairman David Murathe noted.
During the NEC, Jubilee Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni noted that the Kenya Kwanza government has given jobs to some of its members to bring down the party from within.
Kega-Chege faction has been trying to wrestle the party from Uhuru’s allies after the fallout following election defeat but the court has suspended the takeover.
Kioni maintains that they are still in Azimio while the Kega faction wants to disassociate with the opposition coalition.
Leading figures in the Kega faction have pledged allegiance to Kenya Kwanza, helping the ruling coalition achieve its legislative agenda.
The latest move is likely to bring a new round of legal suits, further plunging the party into rivalry.
Sabina Chege had moved to court to halt the Azimio side from kicking her out as the deputy minority whip.
After Azimio threatened to pull out of the bipartisan talks, National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula announced the changes.
Former Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni speaking after Jubilee Party executive committee meeting on Thursday, June 8, 2023.