Popularly known as Mama Miradi, nominated senator Millicent Omanga risks ejection from the Jubilee Party for associating with outcast William Ruto. This follows William Ruto’s snub at president Uhuru Kenyatta in which the deputy president was invited to the Covid-19 conference at KICC but was a no show. Instead, Mr. Ruto was seen distributing hand carts (mikokoteni) and wheelbarrows to the youth at his residence in Karen.
On videos and images posted on social media, Deputy president William Ruto can be seen playfully riding on one of the wheelbarrows while a throng of political leaders including Senator Millicent Omanga can bee seen following the leader in a single line behind.
Whereas elected senators such as Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika and Elgeyo Marakwet Kipchumba Murkomen can freely criticize the president without facing any serious repercussions, nominated senators do not have that safety since they are not elected officials. Their nomination can indeed be withdrawn by whomever nominated them. For Millicent Omanga, she was nominated by the Jubilee Party which has all the powers to withdraw the nomination.
Infact, the Jubilee Party just kicked out Nominated MP David Ole Sankok for his association with the deputy president a couple of days ago. Mr. Sankok gifted Deputy President William Ruto with a heifer cow and then was summarily fired from the Committee on National Cohesion and Equal Opportunity.
Millicent Omanga has been tethering on a thread in the Jubilee Party since May 2020 when she was grilled by the Jubilee Party Disciplinary Committee regarding her disrespectful behaviour towards the Jubilee Party leadership.
In that May incident, she was intimidated by the disciplinary committee for her speech in which she proclaimed her undying support for William Ruto and lamented that as a member of the HustlerNation, she was ready to defend Deputy President William Ruto against impeachment. She said that they have the numbers to defeat any motion put forward to impeach Mr. Ruto.
Although Millicent Omanga survived the wave of purges that was commonplace in the Jubilee Party three to four months ago, others were not that lucky. Kipchumba Murkomen, Susan Kihika, Aden Dwale, among others were sacked from any powerful committee they had an oversight over as punishment for being loyal to the deputy president.
Mr. Murkomen and Ms. Kihika went to court to protest their firing although the status of the case still remains unknown at this time.