Senate Minority leader James Orengo has denied media reports that there are plans to eject Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo junior as minority whip.
It had been reported that the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), which is one of the partners in the National Super Alliance (NASA), is planning to strip the Wiper Senator of the minority whip role days after Cleophas Malala suffered a similar fate.
The Kakamega Senator, who is a member of the Amani National Congress (ANC), was removed from the Deputy Minority position last week over alleged misconduct and disrespect.
In a tweet on Monday, however, Orengo stated that Senator Mutula Junior is not on the chopping board as claimed.
“This is a fallacious and malicious story. The Minority in the senate have full confidence in the leadership of Senator Mutula as Chief Minority Whip.
This is a fallacious and malicious story. The Minority in the senate have full confidence in the leadership of Senator @SenMutula as Chief Minority Whip. https://t.co/P3mbsTkiVJ
— James Orengo (@orengo_james) March 29, 2021
Senator Orengo’s remarks come days after party bosses Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya), who are partners in the NASA coalition, condemned the ouster of Senator Malala.
In a joint press statement on Thursday, the leaders who were flanked by KANU leader Gideon Moi, said ODM ejected Malala without consulting them.
“These sideshows will not derail our focus as an alliance and therefore encourage Senator Malala and other members of this alliance to remain solid and steadfast, ” they added.
The party bosses officially launched the One Kenya Alliance which they intend to use in the 2022 race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.