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Kindiki, Cherargei latest to reject Jubilee’s senatorial posts

Ousted Senators, Kithure Kindiki (Tharaka Nithi) and Samson Cherargei (Nandi) have turned down Jubilee Party’s offer to sit in other committees following their ouster as Senate deputy speaker and chair of Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC), respectively.

Kindiki declined his appointment to the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee on Wednesday, May 27 saying that he is currently focused on serving the people of Tharaka Nithi.

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“I have learnt through the press that the Jubilee Party has recommended me to serve in another capacity in the Senate. I respectfully decline the offer. Henceforth, I want to focus on serving the people of Kenya as the senator for Tharaka Nithi,” Kindiki said in a statement.

In his first communication after his ouster, Kindiki asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to appoint a resident of Tharaka Nithi to a senior position in government to compensate for his removal.

“I respectfully appeal to President Kenyatta’s administration to hasten completion of several road, water and other development projects that began in 2013 but have since stalled.

“Additionally, I request the president to compensate the people of Tharaka Nithi for my removal by appointing another son or daughter of the county to a senior position in government in the wake of reports of a possible reorganization of the government,” he said.

On his side, Cherargei also rejected his appointment to sit in the House Powers and Privileges Committee.

“I hereby write no notify you that I have declined the appointment to be a member of the Powers and Privileges Committee in the Senate,” stated Cherargei in a letter to Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kangata.

This comes days after former Senate majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen also turned down Jubilee Party’s offer to serve in the Senate’s Devolution Committee.

The senator maintained that he won’t take over Kinyua’s position whose only mistake was standing by him during his ouster as House majority leader.

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“This afternoon I learnt from the media that I have been proposed to serve in the Senate Devolution Committee in effect replacing Sen.Kinyua who is being punished for standing with me. Accepting the position will be tantamount to repaying unstinting loyalty with spite & treachery,” Murkomen wrote on Twitter.

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