Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has vowed to oppose any attempt to oust Senate majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata over a letter he wrote to President Uhuru Kenyatta over matters of unpopularity of the BBI in central Kenya.
Murkomen came out to defend Kang’ata who has been under fire by dozens of legislators over the letter.
The letter, which claimed that the BBI is unpopular in Central Kenya, drew sharp criticism to the whip especially leaders from the region among them 10 County Governors who rubbished it.
“As a senior member of parliament and Jubilee party, Hon Kang’ata should have followed official government structures and procedures in his address to HE the President. Such breach of protocol is unacceptable,” Governor’s joint statement said.
Murkomen reiterated that any attempt by the Jubilee Party leadership to oust Kang’ata from his seat in the senate will be extremely opposed.
The seat was previously held by Senator Susan Kihika who was ousted during the Jubilee purge in parliament.
“If the Jubilee Party Leadership calls for a meeting to remove Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata we shall attend the meeting and vehemently oppose his ejection,” Murkomen said in a tweet.
He insisted that instead they shall remove none party members and replace them with Party members.
“It doesn’t matter what he did to Susan Kihika and I. We shall oppose,” he said.
In the letter, Kang’ata said only two in ten people in Central Kenya support the BBI, a finding he said is based on a personal survey he conducted during the Christmas holiday.
“Your Excellency, I concede I may be wrong. In fact, I wish I was wrong and that my views are a mere pessimistic view of things,” Kang’ata said.
“However, if I am right and we do not take urgent remedial measures, I will pin myself permanently in the pillar of the shame of spectacular defeat,” he added.
Kang’ata subsequently apologized after the letter leak to the public.
In a quick rejoinder, Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader Alfred Mutua said Kangata’s letter pinpointed some areas which ought to be fine tuned.
“The letter also raises a few questions. For example, based on my previous experience working closely for President Kibaki, I am asking myself, is there a communication breakdown in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s political organization? Who are the gatekeepers to the President?” Mutua said.