Jubilee supporters react to Murkomen, Kihika sacking
By David Musundi
Deputy President (DP) William Ruto’s Trans Nzoia backyard has angrily reacted to the axing of Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and his Nakuru counterpart Susan Kihika from plum positions of Senate Majority Leader and Majority Whip respectively.
Jubilee Members led by their Trans Nzoia Chairman Richard Chesebe and secretary Francis Wangila said the hasty removal of the two was misplaced, coming at a time when the country was fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking to the People Daily in Kitale, Chesebe said the removal of the two was an indication of the President’s failure to unite the party.
"It is totally wrong and foolhardily to stage the removal of some leaders seen as leaning towards the DP Ruto who is the country’s number two. To us, the removal of Murkomen and Kihika is inconsequential and bears no effect on litmus paper," Chesebe said.
They poured cold water on what they called political gymnastics out to derail the political ambition of the deputy president, noting that they were solely behind Dr. Ruto.
They said Jubilee as a party had been infiltrated by people out to weaken it for their own ulterior motives including strengthening their own parties ahead of the 2022 presidential campaigns.
They faulted some unnamed politicians for rocking the party from within and asked them to quietly leave the party instead of destroying the party that was formed to unite Kenyans after the chaos that rocked the country in 2007.
Party members Job Sang and Eliud Turmoi, however, thanked the President for his boldness in calling for the parliamentary group meeting but went ahead to ask him to call for party elections to enable members to choose new office bearers.