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Kimunya: Jubilee Senators were expelled for crossing the red line

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A top Jubilee official in the National Assembly has dismissed claims that six nominated Senators have been expelled from Jubilee Party following their views on BBI.

Majority Leader Amos Kimunya (Kipipiri) on Tuesday said the party had proved beyond doubt that the affected legislators had crossed the party line.

Kimunya said members in both the Senate and the National Assembly are free to make their expressions.

“Views on the BBI bill cannot amount to indiscipline, members are free to make their expression but when they cross the line and it is determined it amounts to indiscipline they are taken in due process in accordance with the party constitution,” he said.

According to Kimunya, Jubilee was in its right as a party to expel the six senators in the latest purge of rebels allied to Deputy President William Ruto.

Kimunya said a time has come for all political parties to stamp feet and encourage their members to have some decorum.

“Members need to be disciplined, if you want to divide the party you have to face the consequences,”   he said.

Jubilee’s top organ National Management Committee (NMC) expelled Nominated senators Isaac Mwaura, Millicent Omanga, Victor Prengei, Falhada Iman, Naomi Waqo and Mary Seneta.

Jubilee secretary-general Raphael Tuju announced the expulsions Monday; hours after Ruto met more than 100 Tanagatanga MPs at his Karen residence. 

Tuju explained that the NMC relied on Article 7 (2A) of the constitution in taking the action against the senators.

“The expulsions are with immediate effect and have been communicated to the Senate and Registrar of Political Parties,” he said adding that the affected senators are at liberty to exercise their right of appeal.

The Jubilee constitution states that the “NMC is mandated to act on behalf of the NEC on urgent matters, where in its opinion, the NEC cannot be sufficiently convened to undertake such urgent decisions.”

“The expulsions are with immediate effect and have been communicated to the Senate and the Registrar of Political Parties,” Tuju said. 

He said each of the expelled members had a right to appeal the decision.

The decision was the culmination of a protracted war against party members who have been accused of undermining the President.

Kimunya said the expulsion was a culmination of a series of actions the party had undertaken.

He said he was happy that members of the national assembly, though with different views on the BBI had been careful not to cross the party line.

“If it happens, I am sure they will be accorded an opportunity and taken through the due process as long as everything is done in accordance with the party constitution,” he said.

Kimunya said though they welcome Court’s decision on the BBI, the house is ready to play its part.

He said though various MPs have expressed their concerns, the said concerns are not about the content but agitated at what will happen at the referendum.

“No one has opposed the BBI, all they are asking for is whether members of the public can be given alternative questions. On our part when bill comes, we shall have done our mobilization and sensitised all our members to ensure that they vote from an informed point and not political grandstanding,” Kimunya said.

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