What Kenyans must learn from politicians’ conduct – Senator Murkomen

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen in a past press briefing at Parliament Buildings.

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has urged Kenyans to learn key lessons from the conduct of political leaders and avoid ethnic divisions that may hinder peaceful co-existence.

In an interview with Citizen Digital, Murkomen said that the country must disregard any utterances by political leaders that are aimed at creating ethnic divisions in the country.

“If politicians can eat together, can citizens learn that differences are temporary and that there should be no violence,” said Murkomen.

“The same way politicians are able to sit down and talk to each together, they should learn from us that difference of opinion should not lead to violence. We must be nation that believes in the rule of law.”

The Deputy Senate Majority Leader cautioned the country against building its foundation on ‘political quick sand’ saying it is paramount to adhere to the rule of law in resolving disputed issues.

“Citizens must be the ones to discipline politicians who should submit to the will of the people and not the other way round.”

“Going forward, we must not build our country based on handshakes, meals and so forth, there should be adherence to the rule of law in the resolution of all matters.”

He commended former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria for holding the lunch meeting and other legislators for agreeing to turn their cell experience into a positive initiative aimed at uniting the country.

Murkomen further disagreed with Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu, who was also held at Pangani Police station, after he (Waititu), in an interview on Inooro TV Wednesday night, claimed that he could not attend the lunch because he did not believe Raila’s intentions were clear.

The Senator said that Waititu’s utterances were misplaced saying the lunch meeting did not have to attain political mileage.

He called on Kenyans to live peacefully and repel any attempts to divide the country along political lines.

Murkomen further lauded the progress made by Jubilee and CORD in forming a team to seek the resolution of IEBC stalemate saying the talks must be guided by the Constitution of Kenya 2010.

“I have always known that we will agree on the way forward in resolving the IEBC issue, and I am glad that our friends from CORD have agreed on the Parliamentary process to resolve the issues.”

Murkomen has in recent days been vocal in calling for unity in the country urging Kenyans to shun political divisions.

In his Facebook post last week, Murkomen told Kenyans to desist from falling prey to political incitement saying despite the public differences, political leaders are friends with their children going to same schools.

The lunch meeting, held at the popular Kosewe restaurant was attended by Jubilee MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South MP) and Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati) and CORD MPs  Junet Mohammed (Suna East MP) and Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba MP), Women Representatives Aisha Jumwa (Kilifi) and Florence Mutua (Busia) and Machakos and Senator Johnstone Muthama.

CORD co-principals Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) and Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) were also present.


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Story By Benjamin Wafula
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