Murokomen flees from scathing at­tack

‘It’s bet­ter to suf­fer in the op­po­si­tion than to suf­fer in govern­ment’

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - STEPHEN RUTTO @sk_rutto

El­geyo Marak­wet Se­na­tor Kipchumba Murkomen on Fri­day stormed out of a prayer meet­ing that turned into a charged po­lit­i­cal rally in Marak­wet.

The meet­ing was or­gan­ised by lo­cal churches in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the county govern­ment. Murkomen flew to the venue ac­com­pa­nied by MPs Jack­son Kip­tanui (Keiyo South) and Wil­liam Kisang (Marak­wet West).

On ar­rival, Murkomen was wel­comed by speeches of an­gry res­i­dents who told him to his face he has failed to use his in­flu­en­tial po­si­tion in govern­ment to end in­se­cu­rity in the Ke­rio Val­ley.

Ear­lier, hun­dreds of res­i­dents from all four sub­coun­ties, led by Gov­er­nor Alex Tol­gos and for­mer IG David Ki­maiyo, marched along the Tot-Liter road to protest against run­away crime. They trav­elled in 10 buses to the val­ley to the prayer-cum-po­lit­i­cal rally.

Res­i­dent Ch­e­serek Moinoi told Murkomen they will sup­port the op­po­si­tion if the govern­ment will not end crimes swiftly.

“Women and chil­dren live in caves along snake-in­fested es­carp­ments, yet we claim to be in govern­ment,” Moinoi said. He said Marak­wet el­ders will seek au­di­ence with Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto, be­cause area law­mak­ers, led by Murkomen, have failed to seek their in­ter­ven­tion.

Murkomen in­ter­rupted the pro­gramme as MCAs lined up to speak and an­nounced In­te­rior CS Joseph Nkaissery and IG Joseph Boin­net will visit the area on Oc­to­ber 14 to re­solve in­se­cu­rity.

“I was told this was a prayer meet­ing. I didn’t know it would be a meet­ing to dis­cuss Murkomen,” he said as he left the venue. Moiben Kuserwo MCA Wil­liam Ch­esin­gany said Murkomen was an un­ap­proach­able se­na­tor, ow­ing to his fre­quent flights and fail­ure to meet res­i­dents.

“It’s bet­ter to suf­fer in the op­po­si­tion than to suf­fer in govern­ment,” Endo MCA Fes­tus Kirop said. Tol­gos ap­pealed to CS Nkaissery to of­fer a last­ing so­lu­tion to ban­ditry. “I’m ask­ing Nkaissery to re­solve in­se­cu­rity as ex­pe­di­tiously as he or­dered me to record a state­ment over Moi Univer­sity VC ap­point­ment re­marks,” he said.

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