Murkomen's Job on the Line After Attacking Uhuru

  • Senate's Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen risks losing his job following his comments against President Uhuru Kenyatta's decision to cancel the construction of Kimwarer dam.

    Speaking to on Thursday, September 19, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria revealed that a section of Jubilee Party members held a conference calling for his resignation.

    The lawmaker further explained that it was reckless for Murkomen to argue on, what he called, tribal lines at a time when the nation was struggling to go past its tribal past.

    Kuria promised to ask Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju to convene a meeting aimed at discussing Murkomen’s comments and his suitability to remain the majority leader.

    Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.

    “For a leader of the Senate to invoke tribal angles in such a crucial matter is unacceptable. Let Murkomen step aside so that he can be free to make such statements.

    "We cannot do things the same way and expect different results. Murkomen might be excited but let him not forget the long distance the country has moved to achieve the unity we experience today,” argued Kuria.

    “Such statements raise a lot of fears…what if Murkomen will be in the team that forms the next government? Doesn’t he think that such statements can subject communities to fear?” he added.

    Murkomen claimed that the team that released the recommendations for the project's cancellation never included the public and as such, they misled the president.

    "Planned cancellation of Kimwarer and the restructuring of the Arror dams doesn't surprise me at all. The plan all along was to kill the projects. The composition of the technical committee doesn't reflect ethnic and regional balance. Maringa (Paul), (Julius) Matu, (Benjamin) Mwangi and (John) Muiruri have sadly misled the President.

    "Tech committee didn’t consult anyone and it didn't carry out public participation. Elgeyo Marakwet County has been denied its rightful share of national projects in a deliberate act of discrimination. They would rather default and pay contractors billions of money for breach of contract than to see our people benefit," lamented Murkomen.

    The project, which had made headlines a couple of times in the media, was found to be overpriced and economically unviable.

    Workers at Kipsaiya, Elgeyo-Marakwet County, where Arror dam was to be constructed. A report presented to the head of state indicated that the construction of the dam was economically viable but noted that it was overpriced.