Shollei dares party to kick her out of committee

Uasin Gishu Woman Rep Gladys Shollei has dared Jubilee Party leadership to remove her from the Committee on Delegated Legislation.

Shollei said she was ready to relinquish her position in the committee if the party de-whips her during the Parliamentary Group meeting set for Tuesday.

The lawmaker accused the party led by President Uhuru Kenyatta of cracking the whip on leaders perceived to be supporters of Deputy President William Ruto instead of making House committee changes based on performance.

She said none of the MPs targeted in the sweeping changes have sabotaged government businesses in the National Assembly and the Senate.

“Whoever is making these decisions in our party is forgetting that there is a difference between a personal support for Ruto as a presidential candidate in 2022 and my support for government agenda. Supporting Ruto for 2022 does not mean I am not supporting government agenda,” Shollei said.

She said she will have adequate time to address the needs of her Uasin Gishu constituents if the party resolves to drop her from the influential committee.

The committee chairperson blamed the ongoing Jubilee party purge on a perception that MPs supporting Ruto’s 2020 presidential bid are not supportive of President Kenyatta’s development agenda.

Shollei said she was unapologetic for her support for Ruto and dared the president to authorise her removal from the committee.