Phogisio replaces Murkomen as Ruto’s allies are kicked out of senate

West Pokot senator Samuel Phogisio who has taken over as senate majority leader PHOTO COURTESY

West pokot senator Samuel Phogisio has been elected as the new majority leader in the senate by the Jubilee coalition senate parliamentary group.

In a meeting that was chaired by president Uhuru Kenyatta at state house Nairobi, Muraga senator Irungu Kang’ata was elevated to a Majority chief whip, a position initially held by Nakuru senator Susan Kihika.

Isiolo Senator Fatuma Dullo Adan will now be the deputy majority leader while  Nominated Senator Farhiya Ali Haji as the deputy chief whip.

“His Excellency the President congratulated the new Jubilee Coalition Senate leaders and assured them of his support,” the communication by Kanze read in part.

The move is said to strengthen the coalition senate leadership.

The changes come after the meeting between Uhuru and Kanu chairman Gideon Moi where the two agreed on the formation of a post-election coalition.

Poghisio won his West Pokot senate seat during the 2017 general election through a Kanu ticket.

Former Majority leader Elgeyo Markwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen who has been shown the door, has of late been a vocal critic of the government.

He recently opposed the transfer of functions from Nairobi County to the national government.

Murkomen said that the move was against the will of the people to practice their democratic rights of electing their leaders.

He also opposed the appointment of more military personnel to the newly formed Nairobi Metropolitan Service.