Fireworks as Murkomen Takes Raila Head-on Over Narok BBI Rally

On Monday, the burial of the father to Murang’a Senator Irung’u Kang’ata, which was attended by ODM leader Raila Odinga, turned a political battlefield after leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto castigated the BBI initiative.

Led by Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen, the DP’s allies slammed the BBI course saying it had brought division along tribal lines, contrary to its the popular mission of uniting the country.

A collage of ODM leader Raila Odinga and Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen.

“If people start saying that Kikuyus living in Narok should vacate while those in Narok should not contest for political seats, where will my children go to because they all have a heritage of two communities.

“Let us shun that kind of politics and if there is something that has dented the image of the BBI is the conversation that tends to divide the country along the tribal lines. And let us not cheat one another Kenyans are not tribal, we the politicians are…

The Senate Majority Leader went further and mentioned the Narok BBI rally that had attracted criticism from a section of politicians who accused the attendees of propagating tribalism.

Murkomen told the ODM leader that it was shameful to engage in divisive politics considering that he had become a statesman.

“I want to tell you the Honourable Prime Minister (Raila Odinga), you are now a statesman and I worked in your office as your assistant and I am not ashamed of saying so, please don’t indulge in petty politics like those witnessed in Narok. It will serve you no good other than tarnishing your name,” he said.

On his part, Raila defended the BBI initiative saying its course was to unite the country and blamed politicians for using BBI to bring divisions.

He dismissed Murkomen’s accusations and told him that every region was entitled to their own opinion and added that they will also tour his home county where they allow the North Rift region to table their grievances.

The war of words between the leaders came on the very day the Narok BBI rally was faulted for an attack on a private farm in Mahi Mahiu.

It was reported that armed goons stormed the homestead, owned by a Kikuyu, and destroyed properties of unknown value.

Tanga Tanga leaders led by Moses Kuria slammed Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina and Raila for propagating tribal wars leading to the attack.

It, however, emerged that the firm has been having a long-term dispute that the involved parties have failed to agree for long.


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