Siaya Senator Hon James Orengo is set to take over as the new Minority leader after NASA senators on Tuesday voted out Bungoma senator Moses Wetang’ula.
At least 19 senators who attended the coalition’s Parliamentary/senate Group meeting unanimously voted to replace Wetang’ula with Siaya’s James Orengo.
Eight NASA senators, who did not attend the meeting sent apologies most of whom were said to be abroad for official assignments while others cited engaments in the counties.
“Some of us have been uneasy with Wetang’ula’s style of leadership. He is arrogant, a bully and doesn’t want to listen to us,” a Senator who asked not to be named said.
“That’s why we want him out. We also don’t want a principal in Senate matters,” the senator added.
The legislator disclosed that Kakamega Senator Cleopa Malala (ANC) is poised to replace Orengo as deputy minority leader.
Nominated Senator Beatrice Kwamboka (ODM) is poised for deputy whip replacing nominated Senator Petronilla Were (ANC) due to the elevation of Malala from the Speaker’s panel.
Senator Judy Pareno (Nominated) has been proposed to the Speaker’s panel to replace Malala.
“We are waiting communication from the Speaker this afternoon on our PG decision. We want the proposed changes in Senate leadership to be made once Orengo is confirmed as Minority Leader,” the senator said.
Chief Whip and Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr chaired the PG. He is to forward the meeting’s resolution to Speaker Kenneth Lusaka.