JUBILEE SPLIT

BBI views don't amount to indiscipline - Kimunya

Says party acts when it has been proved a member crossed the party line.

In Summary

• Kimunya on Tuesday said the party had proved beyond doubt that the affected legislators had crossed the party line.

• 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.

National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya.
National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya.
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National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya has dismissed claims that six nominated Senators have been expelled from Jubilee Party following their views on BBI.

Kimunya on Tuesday said the party had proved beyond doubt that the affected legislators had crossed the party line.

Speaking on KTN News, 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.

Nominated senators Isaac Mwaura, Millicent Omanga, Victor Prengei, Falhada Dekow Iman, Naomi Jillo Waqo and Mary Seneta Yiane were expelled by the National Management Committee — Jubilee's top organ. 

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

“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 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.

Kimunya said as the house resumes today afternoon, their focus it to mobilise members to have enough vote on the referendum bill.

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 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 mobilisation and sensitised all our members to ensure that they vote from an informed point and not political grandstanding,” Kimunya said.