In Summary
  • As he left the stage after concluding his remarks, the angry senator cursed at his hecklers in Kiswahili with the words, “Kwendeni huko!” (Go away!)
  • And when President Kenyatta cancelled the Kimwarer dam project as being unviable, Mr Murkomen hit out, intimating that the Head of State had been misled by the technical team.

Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen’s outburst during the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative report at the Bomas of Kenya on Wednesday marks the latest incident where the Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator has lost his cool in public.

When he rose to speak, the senator faulted the manner in which the occasion’s master of ceremonies, the National Assembly Minority Leader and Suba East MP Junet Mohamed, was running the programme.

Most of the speakers at the function were those who supported the BBI, and were drawn mostly from the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s ODM party, and from the “Kieleweke” wing of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party.

Besides Senator Murkomen, National Assembly Majority Leader Adan Duale was the only MP allied to the “Tangatanga” wing of the Jubilee Party who spoke during the event.

Mr Murkomen was angered by Mr Mohamed’s comments over the perceived divisions in the ruling Jubilee Party.

“The problems facing Jubilee Party should be discussed aside. We’re not part of it,” said Mr Mohamed.

DIVISIVE REMARKS

An amused President Kenyatta was seen laughing uncontrollably to Mr Mohamed’s remarks while his deputy, who was seated next to him, wore a blank face.

“Even the way Junet you’re running the programme, we have to make it an honest discussion,” said the senator, eliciting boos from a section of the crowd.

“It would be a lie for me to leave this stage without saying that this programme has been skewed to leave out people of a different opinion. We must say it as it is!” said Mr Murkomen amidst shouts of ‘No’ from the crowd.

Undeterred, the senator went on and on amidst jeers by a section of the attendees, a situation that forced the BBI task force chairman, Senator Yusuf Haji, to calm them down.

As he left the stage after concluding his remarks, the angry senator cursed at his hecklers in Kiswahili with the words, “Kwendeni huko!” (Go away!)

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