Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has defended Deputy Speaker Kindiki Kithure after Senate Majority Chief Whip Irungu Kangata filed a notice of motion to remove him from office on May 19.
Senator Murkomen said Kindiki has been executing his duties as the Deputy Speaker well. He insisted that those who want Professor Kindiki ousted only want to show how powerful they are and would be contravening the law.
“Professor Kindiki Kithure is my former lecturer, my friend and my brother. He has executed his duties as Deputy Speaker with utmost honour, humility and impartiality. Those who want to impeach him are not after the facts and the law. They want to demonstrate that they are powerful. Terrible indeed,” Murkomen tweeted.
He further said the Senate has been made a Kangaroo Court as the notice of motion was not in the order paper.
For the 1st time ever a notice of motion that’s not in the Order Paper was given.Notice doesn’t show the charges against D.Speaker.Our Senate which was already weakened is now being murdered. County Assemblies are doing better. Senate is now a county council,a Kangaroo court. Sad pic.twitter.com/pXB2s5fUqI
— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) May 19, 2020
Murkomen faced the same fate when he was ousted as the Senate Majority leader alongside alongside Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, who was replaced by Kang’ata
Kangata filed a notice to remove Kithure from office for defiance, having failed to attend a Jubilee Coalition Parliamentary group meeting. The meeting was held last week Monday and was chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“Mr Speaker, I beg to move that this House Senator resolves that Senator (Prof) Kithure Kindike be removed from the office of the Deputy Speaker of the Senate,” the notice from Irungu Kangata read.
According to article 106 of the Constitution, the office of the Deputy Speaker shall become vacant when a new House of Parliament first meets after an election, If the relevant house so resolves by resolution supported by the votes of at least two-thirds of its members or if the office holder resigns from office in a letter addressed to the relevant house.
The Chief Whip will need at least 44 votes from the senators for Kithure to be removed from office.