The rift between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his DP William Ruto continues widening.
In a recent purge in the Jubilee coalition, 16 members of parliament allied to Ruto lost their top committee jobs.
The legislatures who serve as chairpersons and vice-chairpersons received a seven-day notice regarding their impending ouster.
Twelve members with four vice-chairpersons who hold plum positions will lose their lucrative jobs.
The move means the newly appointed majority chief whip Emmanuel Wangwe will communicate about the changes to Speaker Justine Muturi.
In the last few weeks, President Uhuru Kenyatta has organized a purge targeting allies of DP Ruto. The President accused them of continuously sabotaging his plans for the country.
The vocal Kikuyu MP and a member of Tangatanga will lose his position as chairman of the Budget and Appropriations Committee.
The outspoken Moses Kuria of Gatundu South will no longer char the transport committee. William Cheptumo of Baringo North lost his Justice and Legal Affairs committee chairmanship.
Also, Gladys Shollei Uasin Gishu’s woman rep will no longer chair the delegated legislation committee.
Others who faced the ax include Alice Wahome vice-chair justice and legal affairs committee, Robert Pukose of Endebess vice-chair energy committee.
Joyce Korir, Bomet Woman rep, will no longer deputize the labor committee while her counterpart Khatib Mwashetani, Lunga Lunga MP, lost his vice-chairmanship from the Lands committee.
Mandera South legislature Adan Haji lost his committee chairmanship of Agriculture, while Victor Munyaka Machakos Town MP will lose the sports committee chairmanship.
However, three committee heads sighed relief after surviving the ax due to their moderation. However, they’ll remain under close watch.
They include Joseph Limo of finance, Moses Lessonet of the budget committee, and David Pkosing transport.
Mwashetani confirmed having received the communication.
“I will reply to the letter to confirm my loyalty to the President and the party,” he said.
The de-whipped members’ fiercely defend DP Ruto under the auspice Tangatanga movement.