I have just started my political life – says Murkomen

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Elgeyo Marakwet County Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has declared that his removal as the Senate Majority Leader has propelled his political career.

Murkomen urged his supporters to cheer up after what transpired and promised them better days ahead.

The Senator spoke on Tuesday 12 May 2020 during the Senate session after Speaker Kenneth Lusaka informed the House of the formal receipt of Jubilee party changes.

“I have just begun my political life and has been in politics for only seven years, Mr. Speaker. I believe this is just but the morning of a political career… There will be a brighter future,” Murkomen stated.

He said that he was not worried much about losing the Majority Leader position, but about his staff, whom he said could be dismissed anytime.

“What I have been concerned about are my staff members who by a stroke of political conmanship have been left jobless,” he added.

Speaker Lusaka told the House that West Pokot County Senator Samuel Poghisio had officially replaced Senator Murkomen and Susan Kihika replaced by Murang’a County Senator Irungu Kang’ ata as the new Majority Whip.

Murkomen says the senators who met at State House Nairobi on Monday for a Jubilee Coalition Parliamentary Group meeting did not meet the threshold to pass such changes.

He also supposed that Lusaka’s decision to have him removed as the Majority Leader was made under compulsion.

“Mr. Speaker, this is not your decision, and you made it under pressure and undue influence,” Murkomen noted.

He added that the decision was not well-thought about despite the Speaker promising he would give a rational ruling.

The legislator also took the opportunity to criticize President Uhuru Kenyatta, who chaired the meeting that led to his ouster, faulting him for not being truthful to the Senate.

In a statement directed to the President, Murkomen asked the Head of State to stop deceiving the Senate, adding that he should provide the Senate Oversight Fund as he promised earlier.

“If Murkomen was the problem, now he is not there. Sign all the bills,” the Senator said.

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