Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to retract comments he made during the burial of Hannah Mudavadi, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi's mother.
President Kenyatta had insinuated that Kenyans are tired of being ruled by two communities since independence, and would likely vouch for a leader from a different community come 2022.
Speaking during a Church service on Sunday, January 10, at House of Hope Church, Kayole, Murkomen stated that the remarks could have a negative impact on the country. He asked Uhuru to retract the statement in his next State of the Nation Address.Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen at Athi Catholic Church in Igembe South, Meru County, on October 25, 2020.
"The President is a symbol of national unity and he will promote the unity of this nation.
"I want President Uhuru Kenyatta to restate the true position as a nation where we will organize ourselves, not based on tribe, not based on religion, not based on sectarianism, but based as one united country, that is my only request to his excellency the President," stated Murkomen.
Furthermore, the senator affirmed that the Head of State is being wrongfully advised by a section of his close allies, on pertinent issues regarding the country.
At the same function, Deputy President William Ruto echoed Murkomen's sentiments urging Kenyans to focus on ideologies and not tribal-based politics.
“We cannot go back to tribal politics, we can only move forward if leaders stop seeking leadership positions based on their tribes, and instead focus on ideologies,“ he stated.
The Jubilee party has been experiencing cracks with various leaders threatening to ditch the ruling party.
Ruto allies have since joined a new outfit in United Democratic Alliance (UDA), which rebranded from the Party for Development and Reform (PDR).
Murkomen, himself a strong ally of Ruto, has been vocal on his stance on the handshake agreement between Uhuru and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga.
Furthermore, both camps have differed on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) process.
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