Jan, 14th 2021 – Senate Chief Whip Irungu Kang’ata has declined to publicly recant a letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta on BBI fortunes in the Mt. Kenya region.
In a meeting prior to the Jubilee Party announcing dropping candidates in three by-elections scheduled for March, Kangata left the meeting without a firm commitment.
The Jubilee Party failed to convince Kang’ata to reject his letter. This is after some in the group proposed that the Senator considers resigning from his position.
However, another consultative House leadership meeting decided that Kang’ata would neither be punished nor removed from his position.
Mr. Kang’ata had been invited by some senior government officials and parliamentary leadership. This was led by Senate Majority leader Samuel Poghisio, his national Assembly counterpart Amos Kimunya, Mr. Tuju, and senate Deputy Minority Leader and Isiolo Senator Fatuma Dullo.
In the leaked letter, the senator has based his findings on a survey conducted by his office. The survey established that the BBI report is unpopular in the Mount Kenya region which he indicated that it was bound to fail.
Part of his letter read, “Based on a survey I conducted during the December 2020 holidays, I have concluded BBI is unpopular in Mt Kenya. Out of every 10 persons I surveyed, six oppose it, two support it, and two others are indifferent.”
When sought for comment, Dullo said, “We met as the House leadership and Mr. Kang’ata was present. We discussed his letter but we decided that we shall not remove him or punish him. It’s his discretion to resign or withdraw.”
However, Kang’ata did not attend yesterday’s presser at Jubilee Party headquarters. When sought for a comment, he gave a brief response via a text message.
He said, “I am not resigning, I have not done anything wrong.”