Incoming Leader of Majority in the Senate Samuel Poghisio (pictured) says uniting his team will be one of his priorities as he settles into his new office next week. Mr Poghisio, who replaced Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, will now lead the ruling party agenda in the Senate.
In his first interview with The Sunday Standard since he was thrust to the top leadership of Jubilee Party in the Senate, the West Pokot senator acknowledged that his majority side was deeply divided and needed healing.
He is, however, confident that his experience both inside and outside government will help him succeed in his work.“I have a long time experience, this will come in handy.
I have been in government, I have been a legislator for many years. I have been able to cultivate a rapport that I now hope will help me succeed in my new assignment,” said Poghisio.
The first-term senator, whose new role elicited controversy, thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for selecting him to the position.Soft-spoken and with impeccable English, the senator who has been in politics for three decades will be expected to champion the ruling party’s business in the Senate, a task he says he is equal to.
He will have to convince over 20 senators allied to Deputy President William Ruto for him to be able to achieve much in his quest to deliver for the ruling party.
He said he had worked with Uhuru in his shadow government and also served with him at the Sky Team when they were campaigning for 2013 presidential elections.
He asked his predecessor to join hands with him and help the ruling party in its mandate.“Let bygones be bygones. As leaders, we should have a big heart and let go of certain things. Let’s bring people together.
I request Murkomen and Ms Kihika to join hands with me,” said Poghisio.He said he will strive to work hard and be on top of things at the House so that he does not let anything that would hurt the government pass.
“I believe as a leader of majority, you should be on top of things so that you do not let anything sinister pass while at the same time ensuring that the government business carries the day,” said the senator.
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