‘Don’t blame Ruto for elites’ loss of jobs’

Murkomen says ac­cus­ing the DP is to re­duce him to a tribal leader, which he isn’t

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - MATHEWS NDANYI @ndany­i_­math­ews

El­geyo Marak­wet Sen­a­tor Kipchumba Murkomen has de­fended DP Wil­liam Ruto over claims that he is to blame for the sack­ings of a num­ber of se­nior Kalen­jin of­fi­cials from the govern­ment.

Murkomen said those ac­cus­ing the Deputy Pres­i­dent are at­tempt­ing to re­duce him to a tribal leader, yet he is a na­tional leader deal­ing with the in­ter­ests of all Kenyans.

Last week, a post with a list of all Kalen­jin in­di­vid­u­als al­legedly sacked from the govern­ment in the last three years was cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia, blam­ing Ruto for fail­ing to de­fend them as a key leader from the re­gion and be­ing sec­ond in com­mand.

There has also been an out­cry from the Kalenjins over what they said was un­fair dis­tri­bu­tion of job op­por­tu­ni­ties in the govern­ment.

Many are con­cerned about the con­tin­ued re­place­ment of ‘our peo­ple’ while Ruto re­mains quiet.

“Those blam­ing DP Ruto need to un­der­stand em­ploy­ment is done on merit. Those who feel the DP has not helped must be told he rep­re­sents all Kenyans. There is no way he will stoop that low and en­gage in such a debate,” Murkomen said. Among those listed as hav­ing been sacked in­clude for­mer In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice David Ki­maiyo, for­mer ju­di­ciary Reg­is­trar Gla­dys Shollei, for­mer di­rec­tor Na­tional Youth Ser­vice Ki­plimo Ruto and for­mer En­ergy CS Davies Chirchir.

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