Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba has come to the defense of Senate Majority whip Irungu Kang’ata. Speaking to a local media house on Tuesday January 5, 2021, Murkomen defended the Senator over his controversial letter to the President.
Murkomen noted that the Senator should not be stripped off his post in the Senate due to the letter he wrote to President Uhuru Kenyatta on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
This was in response to 10 governors from the Central Region refuting claims that Irungu Kang’ata was right in saying the BBI report was not popular in the region.
“As a senior member of parliament and Jubilee party, Hon Kangata should have followed official government structures and procedures in his address to HE the President. Such breach of protocol is unacceptable. It raises questions why a senior member of the government leadership in parliament would choose this cheap populist method to address this issue to HE the President whose office is just a few steps away from parliament,” the Governors noted.
The Elgeyo Marakwet Senator said that the Jubilee Party should not use this excuse to remove Irungu Kang’ata from the Senate Majority Whip post.
The post had been previously held by Senator Susan Kihika who was removed citing disloyalty to the Jubilee Party. Kipchumba Murkomen warned that any attempt to remove Kang’ata would be opposed.
In the letter that leaked, Kang’ata had reported that the BBI was not as popular in Central Kenya. He divulged that his personal research in December of 2020 found out that only two in ten people supported the document.
The senator also said that majority of those who opposed the report were women and youth, and that a small number that supported it were older men.
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua also supported the Senator by claiming that he was not wrong in pointing out flaws in the BBI.
“For us who support the document we welcome comments such as the ones made by Irungu Kang’ata. He should switch on his phone so we can talk over a cup of tea, ” Mutua requested.
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