Supremacy battle


Supremacy battle in the senate is at the offing with each passing day. This has arisen due to the very divisive bill in the house splitting the ruling party right in the middle with one faction holding its horse led by the Murang’a senator Irungu Kangata. The other half has the team calling itself team Kenya composing of senator Murkomen Elgeyo-Marakwet, senator Johnson Sakaja Nairobi, Makueni’s mutual Kilonzo, Kakamega’s senator hon. Malala and their Narok counterpart Ledama ole kina.

This bill under debate in the senate has really brought out some ideological and political difference in many people. Senator Kangata who is the chief whip of the majority has on numerous occasions displayed high level of intolerance and lack of negotiation skills deserving such a prestigious office he holds.

His emotions concerning the issue has come out in public for quite some time now. His blackmailing nature and way of trying to see the government business might just be his most undoing on matters revenue sharing.

Last time he threatened the handshake members from the other divide with change on the BBI stand just helped him receive more backlash than he anticipated. With the bill facing more and more of resistance, reports from the opposing team who are members of jubilee and even those in opposition have made some damning claims as of last two days.

Kericho senator Aaron Cheruiyot had went ballistic claiming senators opposing the new bill accounts had been frozen by the government as a way of coercion for the descending voices to fall the line as per their party position. Cleophas Malala has also raised a concern on the issue of intimidating constitutionally elected leaders who has the right to represent their electorate. This is just after the team Kenya as their call themselves had a brief meeting Saturday morning.

The new pentagon had their reasons as claimed by the majority whip who accuses the Deputy Presidents allies of trying to settle their scores at the expense of their winning counties. Speaking on Saturday to a media house, Kangata claimed that the motive of the team Kenya was to see that the Mt. Kenyacounties doesn’t benefit from the proposed new formula.

Kangata perhaps unknowingly put himself in a tricky box the team Kenya could exploit to the maximum. His remark on the kikuyu not benefiting will definitely as already witnessed in the social media has portrayed him as just after self-interest with kikuyu being his sole desire at the expense of other communities in Kenya. Claimingthat he wantsstronger kikuyu counties after Uhuru retires in 2022 was too low for the majority.

Given the critical analysis of the team Kenya, whose majority apparently are very articulate lawyers, Kangata has done himself a big injustice. With a new date set for Monday, the senate is going to have a very interesting clash as last Thursday debate was called off. Already fears are that nothing is going to be reached tomorrow as the two teams still not found a mutual ground.

The team who wears neck ties with the national flag colors insisting that the government is eager to have their way at the expense of 19 counties. It will be recalled that two weeks ago, Nairobi senator on the floor of the house had claimed to have a tail on his back.

Sunday morning, another serious claim had been brought on notice by senator Kipchumba Murkomen on twitter. In his twitter handle, Murkomen claimed, “DCI has been ordered to arrest & prefer false charges against at least 5 Senators opposed to the oppressive Revenue Formula. They are currently going for Sen. Dr. Steve Ltumbesi Lelegwe, Samburu County. Desperation is real. Arrest any of us and there will be no session tomorrow.”

With fear that the team Kenya is building more and more formidable force to shot down Kangata’s bill, his leadership ability has been seriously put to question. His lack of convincing power to his senators a seriously bad image for him. The Murkomen, Sakaja, mutual, Ole Kina and Malala team have vowed to fight for a win-win situation among a host of other senators. A Monday debate will surely have to be the most interesting unless the government, as pointed out by the former majority leader, executes its sinister motives.

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