Days after the Jubilee party ousted Murkomen from his position of Senate majority leader; the party offered him a role as a member of a Senate committee. The Elgeyo Marakwet senator rejected his new role.
Murkomen was to replace Laikipia Senator John Kinyua. Previously, Kinyua was the chairperson of the Senate Devolution Committee. Murkomen believed that the move was to punish Senator John Kinyua, who supported him.
“This afternoon, I learned from the media that Jubilee proposed that I serve in the Senate Devolution Committee. I would replace Senator Kinyua, who the party is punishing for standing with me,” Kipchumba Murkomen said.
He added that accepting the position would be equivalent to repaying loyalty with betrayal and spite.
Irung’u Kang’ata, the majority chief whip, effected the changes on Tuesday.
Murkomen said that when he was Senate majority leader, he did not serve in any committee because he wanted to make sure that his colleagues got an opportunity at leadership.
“I condemn the unwarranted humiliation of senators Linturi, Kinyua, Langat, and Cherargei merely because they stood by the truth and fairness,” Murkomen said.
Murkomen clarified that he is not rejecting the role because it is junior to his previous position. Additionally, he said that he was ready to serve in any position, but he would not humiliate Senator Kinyua. Kinyua was loyal to him.
“Now and in the future, I am ready to serve the nation in any capacity and any committee,” he said.
“What I loathe is to take up positions at the expense of colleagues the party is humiliating for no reason. Thank you, and God bless,” Murkomen concluded.
Senator John Kinyua replaced Senator Samuel Poghisio in the Senate ICT committee. Poghisio replaced Murkomen as the Senate Majority leader. Senator Linturi is no longer a member of the Public Accounts Committee. The changes in the Senate are still ongoing.