Elgeyo Marakwet County Senator Kipchumba Murkomen on Tuesday 11 May 2021 recalled the day he was removed as the Senate Majority Leader together with his Nakuru counterpart Susan Kihika who was removed as the Majority Whip.
The Senator was replaced with West Pokot Senator Samuel Poghisio while Kihika was replaced with Senator Irungu Kang’ata as the Majority Whip.
However, Kang’ata was also removed and replaced with Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi following his letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta warning him of the unpopularity of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) in the Mt. Kenya region.
Murkomen who was marking one year since he was ejected from the seat took to his Twitter page saying that they were removed illegally from their position in the Senate.
He added that Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka had promised to give them reasons for their removal at a future date but they are still waiting one year later.
He, however, indicated that it has been a year full of growth and amazing life lessons and he loves every bit of it.
“It was around this time on 11th May 2020 when @susankihika and I were illegally removed from office. @SpeakerKLusaka promised to give reasons for his ruling at a future date. We are still waiting. It’s been a year full of growth and amazing life lessons. I Love it,” read his post.
It was around this time on 11th May 2020 when @susankihika and I were illegally removed from office. @SpeakerKLusaka promised to give reasons for his ruling at a future date. We are still waiting 😂😂😂. It’s been a year full of growth and amazing life lessons. I Love it. pic.twitter.com/ztKzaVQiOH
— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) May 11, 2021
Murkomen and Kihika argued that their ouster from the Senate positions was because of their political stand which made them targets.
Murkomen who was elected to the prestigious position in 2017 was later offered to serve as the Senate Committee Chairperson on devolution and replace Laikipia Senator Joshua Kinywa but he rejected the offer.
He explained that he was not going to turn his back on his colleague who had stood by him when he was being removed from his Senate position.
Before his ouster, Murkomen had been a vocal critic of the government as he had opposed some of its moves including the transfer of functions from Nairobi County to the national government.
He also criticized the appointment of more military personnel to the newly formed Nairobi Metropolitan Service.
On Tuesday, May, Jubilee Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura lost his seat after a long battle with the ruling party.
Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka gazette the notice through the party-list but some of the Senators read malice on the move as they argued that Lusaka had been issued with an injunction stopping him from declaring Mwaura’s seat vacant.