Murkomen opens up on fallout with Uhuru
Transport Cabinet Secretary nominee Kipchumba Murkomen has tendered an emotional resignation and farewell message to the Senate.
Murkomen’s appointment to head the Transport docket was approved by Parliament on Wednesday, clearing the way for his swearing-in at State House.
In a message on his socials, the youthful Murkomen, who served as Elgeyo Marakwet Senator for the past decade, revealed it was not easy for him to leave the Senate.
“A lot is going through my mind. Leaving Senate is not easy. It’s been my home for the last 10 years,” said Murkomen, who’s considered a close ally of President William Ruto.
He also expressed satisfaction over his stint at the Senate where he says he sponsored several Bills.
“For the two and a half years I served as the Majority Leader, I pushed so many Bills, and continuously fought for the authority and protection of the mandate and jurisdiction of this house on matters bills, especially on the operationalization of Article 110 of the Constitution of Kenya,” he added.
He also revealed his fallout with former president Uhuru Kenyatta was the establishment of the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) to take over the functions of the Nairobi County Government.
“I believe some of the reasons why I was removed as Majority Leader, apart from other political reasons, is because I brought a 20-page statement challenging the NMS taking over Nairobi County responsibilities…the then president might have been angry with me as the Majority Leader but I remember that I swore to protect the Constitution.”
NMS was brought in to take over the functions from then-Nairobi governor Mike Sonko who was eventually impeached.
Garissa Township MP Aden Duale who’s been nominated to the Defence docket also resigned alongside Kandara Constituency legislator Alice Wahome who is set to head the Water and Irrigation docket.