CS Matiang’i to Face the Wrath of Ruto’s Allies as They Seek to Cut His Financial Wings

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The decision by the Interior ministry to withdraw the security detail of a number of members of Parlaiment allied to DP William Ruto could as well come back to haunt CS Matiang;i and President Uhuru Kenyatta.

This is after the affected MPs with the help of their colleagues who might also be affected by the ongoing withdrawals promised to teach President Uhuru Kenyatta and Interior CS Fred Matiang’i a lesson.

They have vowed to frustrate government business in parliament until their security is reinstated.

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Apart from security issues, another group of MPs wants to vent their anger on the Budget making process that will see key ministries lose crucial amounts of money and re-assigned to issues like mitigation of drought.

The lawmakers led by Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa, said they will be seeking to reduce the financial vote of Interior ministry particularly the “confidential budget” that he charges spends billions of unexplained expenditure.

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“When the budget comes, we will do what is important and we will not accept to be used as rubber stamps,” he said.

The ongoing cold war in Jubilee could also take a new twist after it emerged that there are plans to replace some House Committee members.

Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa, who chairs the powerful Budget and Appropriations Committee could face the axe with sources indicating that he could be replaced with Kitui Central MP Makali Mulu of Nasa.

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But House Majority Whip Benjamin Washiali dismissed such a move, maintaining that he has not been instructed by his bosses to make such changes.

On the divisions in the House, Washiali said, while they need a retreat to address some of the issues bedeviling the party, there is no way they could gag members from tabling issues affecting them.

“If they want an adjournment motion to address security of members, they only need 30 members to do that. We are not going to stop any member from raising any matter on the floor of the House,” he said.

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