State House Nairobi Jubilee MPs embarrass Uhuru’s cousin during State House meeting

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President Kenyatta had nominated his cousin for a powerful position

President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) with his cousin Beth Mugo play President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) with his cousin Beth Mugo (Twitter)

The Jubilee Parliamentary Group on Wednesday held a closed door meeting at State House where they discussed the sharing of powerful positions in parliamentary committees.

The session took off on a dramatic turn after the MPs rejected the nomination of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s cousin, Beth Mugo, to the powerful Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC).

Mrs Mugo, who is a nominated Senator, had been proposed by the President, to sit in the most powerful parliamentary committee even though it was highly contested.

play Senator Beth Mugo (The Star)

 

Unfortunately, the Jubilee Parliamentary Group overlooked Mugo’s close relationship with President Kenyatta and refused to approve her name.

The 79-year old politician is one of the longest serving parliamentarians, having entered the August House in 1992.

Eldass MP Adan Keynan and his Taveta counterpart Naomi Shaban, were equally rejected.

play President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the Jubilee Parliamentary Group at State House (PSCU)

 

The selection of chairs of various parliamentary committees was less acrimonious, despite claims that the Rift Valley and Mt Kenya regions were over-represented.

Those who were picked to chair parliamentary committees included: Rachael Nyamai (land), Sabina Chege (health), William Cheptumo (justice and legal affairs), Ali Wario (labour), Kanini Kega (energy), Katoo Ole Metito (defense), Paul Koinange (security), Kimani Ichungwa (transport committee), Jeremiah Kioni (cohesion), Joseph Limo (finance), and Kareke Mbiuki in the environment committee.

The NASA coalition has suffered similar infighting after some of the coalition parties threatened to defect over what they termed unfair distribution of seats.
 

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