Deputy President William Ruto has suffered another blow after three Tanga Tanga MPs from Kirinyaga County publicly ditched him and pledged total loyalty to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The trio, namely; John Wambugu of Kirinyaga Central, Gichimu Githinji of Gichugu and Kabinga Wachira of Mwea vowed to stick by the president’s side and denounced any dealings with the DP.
Addressing the press on Wednesday, May 27, the leaders said they would not associate themselves with Tanga Tanga’s political maneuvers and would only be dancing to the president’s tune going forward.
“Today we want to publicly declare our support for the Head of State and his Government; we were elected to support his agenda in Parliament. We don’t want to be referred to as Tanga Tanga members again,” Kabinga stated.
The legislators fully supported the ongoing crackdown that has so far seen Ruto’s key allies, among them Kipchumba Murkomen, Kithure Kindiki and Susan Kihika, ousted from their House leadership positions.
The Kirinyaga legislators made it clear that they will attend the parliamentary group meeting set for next Tuesday, which has been convened by Uhuru, the Jubilee Party leader.
Their about-turn came at a time when five errant Jubilee nominated senators were waiting to learn their fate following the conclusion of the disciplinary proceedings against them.
Uhuru is expected to chair the party’s National Executive Council meeting soon where the senators could be expelled from the party once the Disciplinary Tribunal tables its report.
The senators who are facing the axe for failure to attend a recent Parliamentary Group meeting summoned by the president include Millicent Omanga, Victor Prengei, Falhada Aden, Mary Seneta and Naomi Waqo.
During disciplinary hearings on May 27, Omanga and Prengei were at pains to explain their whereabouts on May 11, when they skipped the Senate Parliamentary Group meeting convened by Uhuru at State House.
Omanga, who faced six charges, was put to task to explain her failure to apologise to the party for snubbing the meeting.
She said she had no avenue to send her apology after she received the show-cause letter.
In a bid to save their jobs, all the five senators perceived to be Ruto’s allies restated their support and loyalty to the president and Jubilee Party.