Senator, Mary Seneta, today appeared before Jubilee Party Disciplinary Committee members and defended herself against allegations of gross misconduct.
While appearing before the committee of five members that included the cases’ prosecutor, Senator Irungu Kang’ata, Seneta said she sent apologies soon after receiving a statehouse invitation for senators on May 10.
Party Complaint No. 4 of 2020 of the Jubilee party against Seneta and other nominated senators were that they acted in a manner that displayed disloyalty to the party.
Other complaints labeled against the alleged errant senators also included; advancing positions that are contrary to that of the party, demonstrating a lack of respect to the decision of the party, and disrespecting the party organ.
They are also accused of undermining the leadership of the party and failing to comply with the party code of conduct.
Seneta explained that on receiving the message on May 10 about the statehouse meeting on the following day, she sent her apology to the organisers and cited her health conditions.
“I replied to the SMS on the same day I received the message and told them I was not feeling well. I had not been well from Friday, May 8. On Monday, I went to see a doctor,” Seneta told the disciplinary committee.
Kang’ata told the committee that Seneta has been obedient to the party and that the charges were drawn after the Senator had sent her apologies.
“The senator actually should not have been reprimanded as such and this came about because those drafting the charges were not aware of the SMS from the legislator,” said Kang’ata.
He said Seneta has been obedient and respectful to the party leadership and asked the committee to consider her case in a “fair manner”.
Seneta will know her fate after 14 days from May 26.
Other senators to appear before the committee include; Falhada Dekow Iman, Naomi Jillo Waqo, Victor Prengei, and Millicent Omanga.
Senator Christine Zawadi, who also did not attend the State House meeting, told journalists the party has resolved to forgive her after explaining why she did not turn up for the Senate meeting.
She spoke at the party’s headquarters.
Jubilee secretary general Raphael Tuju said they will allow the senators to defend themselves.
“It is a court process like any other court proceedings. If you do not go through it the right way then the outcome can be found wanting and be challenged in a court,” he said on Tuesday.
Tuju said that the committee will deliberate and make a decision soon on the fate of the senators.
The State House meeting okayed axing of Senators Kipchumba Murkomen and Susan Kihika from Majority leader and Chief Whip respectively.
Murkomen was replaced by Senator Samuel Poghisio (West Pokot) while Irungu Kang’ata (Murang’a) took over from Kihika.
According to the law, Jubilee will not be required to submit fresh names to replace them but will use the party list submitted to IEBC before the last polls.
According to the list, the next nominees in line are Caroline Daudi, Jelagat Kamuren, and Beatrice Gambo who are all listed as businesswomen.
Others are former Jubilee vice-chair (strategy) Veronica Maina and Wambui Nyutu, a member of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission.
During the 2017 election, in the Senate Jubilee gave a list of 20 names – 16 women, two persons with disability (one male and one female), and two youths (one male and one female).
Tuju had told off the embattled senators relaying their apologies through the media to instead face the disciplinary team.
Meanwhile, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has been consoled with a Chairmanship position in Senate, as Jubilee purged several Deputy President William Ruto’s allies.
Announcing the changes outside Jubilee Party headquarters in Pangani, Nairobi, on Tuesday, May 26, Senate Majority Chief Whip Irungu Kang’ata, elevated Murkomen to chair the Devolution Committee, two weeks after he was ousted as Senate Majority Leader.
Tharaka Nithi Senator, Kithure Kindiki, who was ousted as Senate Deputy Speaker was also consoled with a seat at the (Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC).
Murkomen Replaces Kinyua
“Murkomen replaces Kinyua as Chairman of Devolution Committee. Kinyua seizes to be chairman,” Kang’ata announced.
“The effect of this will be that Senator Kinyua will cease being Devolution Committee Chairman and Senator Linturi will no longer be a Public Accounts Committee member and Vice-Chair of legal.
“Senator Langat will cease from being Chairman of Education while Senator Cherargey will cease from being Chairman of the Legal Committee,” Kang’ata added.
Other changes detailed by Kang’ata were as follows.
In the Senate Budget Committee, Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja replaced Bomet’s Christopher Langat.
In the Powers and Privileges Committee, Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata replaced Nandi’s Samson Cherargey.
In the Education Committee, Langat was replaced by Nominated Senator Alice Milgo.
ICT Committee, Senator Samuel Phogisio (Senate Majority Leader) was replaced by Senator Kinyua.
JLAK Committee, Senator Cherargey, and Senator Mithika Linturi (Meru) were replaced by Senator Kindiki Kithure (Tharaka Nithi) and Senator Langat.
CPAK Committee, Senator Linturi was replaced with Senator Fatuma Dulo (Isiolo).
In the delegated Legislation, Senator Phoghisio will be replaced by Senator Linturi.