Kenya’s Senate Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki was yesterday removed from position after a debate that ended in the late evening. The impeached deputy speaker is a Tharaka Nithi senator.
The senator lost his seat after 54 members of the special sitting voted in favor of the impeachment motion as seven senators voted against the motion. He was removed in a motion that required two thirds majority (44 members voting ‘yes’) to go through.
Among the members who voted in favor of the motion were some deputy president’s allies. Speaking during the session, the ousted Kindiki said that president Kenyatta was not one of his accusers.
“I forgive all my accusers. President Kenyatta was not one of my accusers and my removal was based on political background,” he stated.
Among other things, Kithure was accused of conspiring with ex-majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen to scorn President Kenyatta deed of transfer of functions of Nairobi County government for the sake of the people of Nairobi.
President allies also accused Kithure of mobilizing Jubilee senators against the ‘wishes of the party’.