UDA Issues Update On Karen Nyamu Summons Over Dubai Clash

Nyamu was ordered to appear before the committee...

UDA Issues Update On Karen Nyamu Summons Over Dubai Clash
Nominated senator Karen Nyamu at UDA offices on January 20, 2023. /FACEBOOK.KAREN NYAMU

The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party has granted nominated senator, Karen Nyamu more time to respond to allegations filed against her following the viral altercation with Mugithi singer Samidoh Muchoki in Dubai.

In a statement after she appeared before the President William Ruto-led party's disciplinary committee on Friday, January 20, the committee adjourned the proceedings to Tuesday, February 24.

"Nominated Senator Karen Nyamu today appeared before the UDA disciplinary Committee chaired by Charles Njenga. 

"The senator was allowed more time to respond to the allegations levelled against her by a  party member. The committee adjourned the matter to 9.00 am on 24th February," UDA stated.

Collage of Samidoh and Karen Nyamu embroiled in a standoff in Dubai on December 16, 2022. /FILE.TWITTER

Nyamu was ordered to appear before the committee, terming her conduct during the clash as injurious to the party and one that brought shame upon it.

“In the said incident which is well captured on video that has been widely circulated in both mainstream and social media, your conduct and mannerism as exhibited in that incident has brought shame, disrepute and lowered the dignity of the party which nominated you to the office of Senator,” said Njenga.

“Article 73 of the Constitution of Kenya as read together with the code of conduct of the party and your oath of office, delineate with clarity the expected conduct of a member of the party who has been afforded the opportunity to serve in public office, to represent the party at the Senate and the general public.”

Nyamu had called off her relationship with Samidoh on Saturday, December 17 after she was embroiled in a standoff with his wife, Edday Nderitu at a club in Dubai.

As for the issue concerning the recent chaos at the Kericho County Assembly, the committee also gave the parties until Tuesday, February 24 to respond to the allegations made against them.

"On the matter affecting Kericho County, the committee gave the parties 14 days to respond to allegations made and therefore the matter was also slated on 24th February. Members of the committee include Majimbo Georgiadis, Dr Fatuma Ahmed Ali, Caroline Mulondu and Paul Karuga," UDA added.

This comes after Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua made sweeping changes to the County Assembly's UDA leadership on Thursday, January 19, days after duelling Members of County Assembly (MCAs) drew the wrath of President Ruto.

In the changes, Philip Rono, who was the Kamasian Ward representative, was reinstated as the Majority Leader and will be deputized by Francis Chepkorir.

Bavina Serem retained her position as the deputy chief whip while Haroun Rotich of Cheptororiet was announced as Majority Whip in place of Kapsuser MCA Peter Kemboi.

The changes came after a five-hour intense meeting chaired by DP Gachagua at his office in Nairobi. The meeting which was also attended by Kericho Governor Eric Mutai and the assembly leadership list previously submitted by the UDA party was adopted.

Gachagua also used the press briefing that followed the meeting to fire a warning shot to the Kericho County Assembly Speaker Patrick Mutai and all the other county assembly speakers that they will be thrown out of their positions if they defy orders by the UDA party.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua addressing the media on January 19, 2023. /FACEBOOK.RIGATHI GACHAGUA