NAIROBI, KENYA: The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has formally replaced Gideon Mungâ€™aro as Minority Whip in the National Assembly with Thomas Mwadeghu. Through a letter dated July 23 to National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, Minority Leader Francis Nyenze said the decision was reached at CORDâ€™s Parliamentary Group meeting on Tuesday.
In a separate letter CORD has also asked Mungâ€™aro to immediately hand over to Mwadeghu. Accordingly Mungâ€™aro will also cease to be a member of the House Business Committee. The decision to formally remove Mungâ€™aro came just a day after some Coast MPs rejected an order from the coalitionâ€™s leadership to replace him with another MP from their region.
At a press briefing at Parliament Buildings on Wednesday, MPs Abdulswamad Sharif (Mvita), Mwalimu Mwahima (Likoni), Isha Katana (Women Rep), Mustapha Idi (Kilifi South), Dan Kazungu (Malindi Town) and Senator Steward Madzayo said Mungâ€™aro was unfairly targeted.
The MPs met under the Coast Parliamentary Group caucus, which Mungaâ€™ro chairs to reject the ouster, and which brings together MPs from various parties. Six Jubilee MPs led by Majority Deputy Leader Naomi Shaban were present at the meeting, which demanded Mungâ€™aroâ€™s reinstatement although the decision is within CORDâ€™s purview.