Senate Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki was on Friday ousted after a heated debate.
The Tharaka-Nithi senator lost his seat as deputy senate speaker after 54 senators voted in favour of the impeachment motion. Seven senators voted against the motion.
“I bow in shame to note that we are here today for such an elitist triviality powered by petty, divisive and vindictive politics as the country hurts from the lethal combination of a nearly collapsed economy, a ravaging pandemic, floods…” he said.
“How I wish this meeting, with the haste in which it was convened, was to discuss the millions who are living in poverty.”
Kindiki spoke as he gave his defence as he faces an impeachment motion.
Kindiki on Friday said it was unfortunate he was being viewed as being disrespectful to Jubilee party leader President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He said he has nothing but respect for the Head of State as the leader of the country.
“I hold him in the highest esteem and veneration…. I will support him loyally until the end of his administration. I wish him all the best,” Kindiki said.
The senator emphasized that his detractor is neither Uhuru nor senators.
“There are those who thought I could be cajoled or even threatened in engaging in what in my view is a treasonable project that would destroy this country. .. Humility is not a sign of weakness,” Kindiki said.
“However dark it gets, the sun of freedom will soon shine in Kenya… I rejoice in my tribulations… Harbouring hate would work in their favour. I forgive those who crucify me.”
Kindiki quoted rights activist Martin Luther King.
Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata moved the motion for Kindiki’s removal.
He said Kindiki failed to attend a Jubilee party Parliamentary group meeting and made a controversial ruling that was counterproductive to Uhuru’s agenda.