Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has defended his fellow Jubilee leaders who have been accused of carrying out early campaigns saying that the same should be blamed on Kenyans who are pushing them do politics.
Speaking on Sunday when he accompanied Deputy President William Ruto to Eldama Ravine in Baringo county, Murkomen maintained that if a leader fails to talk about 2022 politics in their functions for two consecutive meetings, they risk losing their political relevance and seats as well.
“Your Excellency the Deputy President you should pardon us concerning the 2022 politics. We know together with President Kenyatta, you had agreed to shun away from this but it is not our fault that we are politicking, it is them (raiya) who are forcing us to talk about 2022 succession politics” said Murkomen amid cheers from the crowd.
Murkomen said they had to safeguard their votes for 2022 polls. Murkomen insisted that President Uhuru Kenyatta is still behind William Ruto’s 2022 bid and is just trying to take his time to fulfill what he promised Kenyans before handing over the mantle to his Deputy in 2022.
He insisted that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s final legacy will be endorsing William Ruto’s bid who will pick up from where Uhuru will have left in 2022. He insisted that some people were so busy misquoting the President hoping to be endorsed in the future.
Seen as a ‘common enemy’ in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s succession battle, Ruto’s aggressive onslaught against the anti-graft fight and his perceived open rebellion against his boss could have ganged up to dwindle his State House hopes.
“It is either the Deputy President doesn’t want to wait or doesn’t believe the President will support him in 2022,” the lawmaker who leads the Team‘Kieleweke’, Wambugu Ngunjiri said recently.
Murkomen’s sentiments came just hours after he lectured President Uhuru Kenyatta over the deteriorating state of security in the country. Speaking on Saturday during the burial of former Kabyego Ward MCA Benson Kibire at his home in Tenderwa village Murkomen appeared to lay the blame on President Kenyatta’s government for the MCA’s death.
“My message to President Uhuru Kenyatta, and I’m very clear in my mind, security will not be managed in the country through assassination and extrajudicial killings, it won’t solve any problem in this country,” said Murkomen.
Security agencies in the country have not yet responded to Murkomen’s claims.