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The National Super Alliance (NASA) on Thursday May 28 resolved to de-whip MPs who are not discipline to the coalition.
They are been accused of supporting Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential ambitions, contrary to the Opposition coalition’s values.
Among the MPs who were stripped of influential National Assembly positions include Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa and his Kiminini counterpart Chris Wamalwa.
Ford Kenya’s Chris Wamalwa was removed as the House Deputy Minority Whip, and his place was taken over by Ford Kenya Secretary General, Tongaren MP Eseli Simiyu.
Meanwhile Aisha Jumwa- considered a rebel by the ODM Party- was removed as a member of the powerful Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC), and was replaced by her Likoni counterpart Mishi Mboko.
Immediately after being de-whipped, the Malindi lawmaker-inspired by the famous American activist Martin Luther King Jr- took to twitter to express her feelings about the ordeal.
Other de-whipped MPs
Others who were removed from House committees include Tindi Mwale, David Ochieng, Vincent Kemosi, Paul Katana, Badi Twalib, Sylvanus Osoro, Catherine Wambilianga and John Lodepe.
The decisions to de-whip the members was unanimously backed by 108 out of the 135 NASA MPs drawn from Wiper, ODM, ANC and Ford Kenya parties.
Apart from those who were facing the chopping board, all the other MPs who were not able to attend the PG, 16 of them, sent apologies.
Privileges of committee members
MPs take House committees membership seriously because it has its rewards; for instance an MP is paid Sh5,000 to attend committee sittings and another Sh5,000 for plenary sessions.
Other than influence, committees also allow members travel allowances.
In Jumwa’s position, a PSC member enjoys enhanced medical cover and travelling at the expense of taxpayers’ money.