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Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, followed, losing her Senate Majority Chief whip to Murang’ a’s Irungu Kangata. Correspondingly, the Senate Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki was shown the door with an overwhelming 54 votes against seven, in a vote of no confidence against him. The opposers of the motion were later axed from the leadership of powerful House committees. They included Nandi Senator, Samson Cherargei, and Bomet’s Dr. Christopher Lang ‘at among others. Senator Lang'at was ousted from the House Business Committee and lost the Education Committee chairman post. Senator Cherargei was also de-whipped from the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee chairmanship with his Meru counterpart Linturi Mithika also losing his membership at the powerful Senate County Public Accounts and Investment Committee. According to the Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju, the move was to weed out and crack the whip on the disloyal members who changed tact after winning the 2017 General Elections. “You cannot have a leadership [in the Senate] that is working at cross purposes with the government of the day. If you have that then that is a recipe for chaos. So there must be discipline especially as it concerns the leadership. The leadership cannot afford to be working at cross purposes nowhere in the world,” stated Tuju. However, considerably, all the speakers in today’s Madaraka Day, evaded the political question in their speeches. The only issues affecting the country caused by Covid-19 were tackled. Madaraka Day is marked every June 1st of every year in the Republic of Kenya. It commemorates the day in 1963 that Kenya attained independent self-governance after decades as a Kenya Colony. Notably, this year’s event was marked devoid of the usual crowds witnessed. Kenyans were asked to follow through the proceedings at home, through radio, Television among other avenues. Traditionally, the day is characteristic of open celebrations in packed stadia with military parades, entertainment, and song and dance. It would have been a time for merry-making for some families and a time to reflect on the achievements since June 1, 1963, when founding President Jomo Kenyatta became the first prime minister. But, with Covid-19, everything has changed. Enthusiasts of Madaraka Day, who always look forward to the celebrations, have been forced to remain indoors, with no guests and only family members to watch the live proceedings. Traders, too, would have made a kill out of the event. Most of them normally sell special commemorative artifacts to hundreds of people thronging celebration venues. Today, they count losses. Just days, before the event, the Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho, had announced the new style in marking the national holiday. “The celebration will run from 8 am and will culminate in the live address by His Excellency, the President from State House, Nairobi,” read a statement from his office. This, despite top gear preparations which were underway in Gusii stadium to ensure the facility was ready to host the day. Over Sh60 million was injected to facilitate that. During last year’s celebration in Narok, the president made a decision to rotate the hosting of national celebration in order to strengthen our nationhood with so far Nakuru, Nyeri, Machakos, Meru, and Kakamega having hosted the occasion. This year’s Madaraka day was supposed to be held in Kisii County, but due to the current Covid-19 situation, it has been held at State House Nairobi, in efforts to prevent the spread of the virus. It is now unknown whether or not, Kisii County will still have the chance to hold the annual event when Covid-19 cloud clears. Madaraka Day is marked every June 1 of every year in the Republic of Kenya. It commemorates the day in 1963 that Kenya attained self-governance.