ELECTIONS 2022

Uhuru didn't build bridges, tortured Ruto for 4 years - Murkomen

He claims Uhuru spent the last four years torturing, harassing and punishing Ruto

In Summary

•The fall out between Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto is said to have started in March 2018 when the President did the handshake with long time political rival , Raila Odinga.

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen addressing supporters in Nakuru County on July 8,2022
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen addressing supporters in Nakuru County on July 8,2022
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Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has bashed President Uhuru Kenyatta's claims that he has built bridges in the last four years of his presidency.

Speaking on Citizen Tv on Tuesday night, the Senator claimed that his former party leader spent the last four years breaking every bridge he had initially built.

“We will be lying to the public if we credit President Uhuru Kenyatta for building bridges in our country. He spent the last four years breaking every bridge he made. There is no such a thing as building bridges when torturing, harassing and punishing your deputy,” Murkomen said.

He was responding to Homa Bay  Senator Moses Kajwang’ who said Uhuru has been at building bridges in the last 10 years.

“Uhuru has been good at building bridges. In 2013, no one thought Uhuru and Ruto would work together and in 2018, a handshake between him and Raila happened. I fail to understand why it has been demonized,” he added.

The fallout between Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto is said to have started in March 2018 when the President did the handshake with a long-time political rival, Raila Odinga.

As a result, political division was witnessed in all houses from Senate to the National and County assemblies, where politicians took sides over the issue.

Murkomen also accused Uhuru of taking people to court selectively and using Kenya Revenue Authorities ( KRA) to close accounts of Ruto allied politicians.

When the second senate came into existence after the 2017 General elections, Senator Kindiki Kithure was the Deputy Speaker, Murkomen was the Leader of the Majority Party and Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika was the Majority Whip.

However, when senators decided to politically align themselves against their own party ( Jubilee), the axe fell on them.

Uasin Gishu Senator Margaret Kamar replaced Kindiki as Deputy Speaker when he was removed after a majority vote in May 2020.

West Pokot Senator Samuel Poghisio also replaced  Murkomen as Majority leader while Murang'a senator Irungu Kang'ata was later replaced by  Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi.

The changes were effected following a Jubilee Coalition Senate Parliamentary Group Meeting chaired by Uhuru.

Kang’ata was ousted for warming up to Ruto’s political camp.

The changes came after senators allied to President Uhuru and ODM leader Raila Odinga christened 'the handshake team' met and struck a deal to avoid competition for the seat.

On the other hand, Senator Murkomen said President Uhuru only succeeded to tame the troublemaker.

He explained that the head of state has repeated publicly that he did the handshake with Raila so that peace would prevail in the country.

“ He (Uhuru) has gone public and told the people of Kenya that he shook hands with Raila because he did it for peace. This means that Raila was the trouble maker and the handshake tames him,” Murkomen added.

Wading into the presidential race, the Senator alleged that DP Ruto need no endorsement from Uhuru but it was assumed he would take over after him as a result of the party hierarchy.

He further explained that Uhuru destroyed the Jubilee Party targetting Ruto

“It was just natural in the party hierarchy that Ruto would take over Uhuru... With or without endorsement and no one would have called him a project because he has spent almost 4 elections supporting Uhuru,” Murkomen stated.

He accused the President of pushing a state project candidate after he destroyed the Jubilee Party.

“The president destroyed the Jubilee party, arrested, and did everything to destroy anything surrounding Ruto and picked another person, pushing him by force to the presidency and that created the project tag," Murkomen added.

However, Senator Kajwang noted that President Uhuru, just like any other Kenyan citizen, had the right to support any person he chooses.

“There has been alot of grieving from Murkomen’s side because Uhuru decided to support another person. Uhuru is a Kenyan and a citizen and has an individual right to support any person who presents himself for office,” he added.

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