Murkomen wounds heal in Keiyo South

Marak­wet res­i­dents ac­cuse him of not stop­ping eth­nic clashes in Ke­rio Val­ley

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - STEPHEN RUTTO @TheS­tarKenya

El­geyo Marak­wet Se­na­tor Kipchumba Murkomen re­ceived a warm wel­come in Keiyo South on Sun­day, two days af­ter he was in­sulted by Marak­wet res­i­dents.

They ac­cused him of not us­ing his in­flu­ence in gov­ern­ment to re­store peace in Ke­rio Val­ley, fol­low­ing an in­crease in ban­ditry and in­ter-clan clashes.

Murkomen presided over a fundraiser at Lel­boinet High School, where res­i­dents, led by for­mer Keiyo County Coun­cil chair­man Si­mon Cheb­seba, as­sured him of their sup­port in the gen­eral elec­tion.

Cheb­seba crit­i­cised lead­ers and res­i­dents who in­sulted Murkomen, forc­ing him to storm out of a prayer rally that turned into a heated politi- cal de­bate. “We con­demn the ac­tions of some lead­ers who used a solemn oc­ca­sion to hit out at our se­na­tor. We thought they went there to con­sole fam­i­lies who lost their loved ones in the skir­mishes,” he said.

Cheb­seba urged Murkomen to ig­nore the in­sults, say­ing it was a po­lit­i­cal scheme aimed at in­tim­i­dat­ing him. Murkomen said the in­sults will not de­ter him from serv­ing res­i­dents.

“Many times, peo­ple talk neg­a­tively about Murkomen. I know my­self, I know my strengths and my weak­nesses. If you be­lieve in God and have a strong mind, peo­ple who abuse you will not take you any­where,” he said.

Murkomen said he will re­main stead­fast in of­fer­ing lead­er­ship to the na­tion and res­i­dents of his county. The Se­nate deputy ma­jor­ity leader urged his po­lit­i­cal ri­vals to cam­paign peace­fully.

SE­NA­TOR STORMED OUT OF A PRAYER RALLY

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