CS Kipchumba Murkomen Defends Record as Kenyans Demand His Resignation

Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen.
Kipchumba Murkomen

Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen on Wednesday during an interview with Spice FM, addressed calls for him to resign.

The CS defended himself adding that it was not his fault for failing to deliver his duties in the ministry adding that it was due to a lack of funding.

He emphasised that it was not within his jurisdiction to secure the funding required to run his ministry effectively. Murkomen also stated that he would take full responsibility for the shortcomings if he had been provided with the necessary funding.

"I think I deserve this seat but it is not in my power to determine whether I stay or not. My conscious tells me that I have worked 200% to achieve this and I am grateful for this chance because there are many Kenyans who deserve this," he stated.

President William Ruto (left) with Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen (right)
President William Ruto (left) with Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen (right)

He went on to add that he was qualified for the job and believed he was up to the task of steering the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.

Murkomen emphasised that Kenyans were only focusing on the negatives and what the ministry was yet to do within the two years of being in power. He gave examples of where the ministry has succeded under his leadership.

"In the transport ministry we are doing very well and the small issue we have on the roads should not overshadow what we have done in the transport sector," he remarked.

He noted that under his tenure, the ministry improved the performance of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and boosted the investment in Dongo Kundu.

Murkomen added that the business at the port of Mombasa had increased and the country was now using the Kisumu port due to the transportation of petroleum by sea.

"Nobody wants to talk about this because no one wants to acknowledge my success and that of this administration in the two years to turn around the transport sector," he remarked.

In the past couple of months, Kenyans had called for his resignation owing to the increased accidents on the road claiming the lives of Kenyans and also the numerous blackouts experienced at airports including the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

In April, the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) also called for the resignation of CS Murkomen including Susan Nakhumicha (Health) and Mithika Linturi (Agriculture).

On the matter of accidents, President William Ruto in April called upon the CS to take drastic measures to reduce the number of carnages reported across the country.

"One year from now, we will have another meeting and Kipchumba Murkomen you better come with results that the numbers are coming down, otherwise you will be in a lot of trouble," the Head of State remarked.

Travellers receiving services at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
Travellers receiving services at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA)
Larry Madowo
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