Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has refused to take up a new role in the Senate, just hours after the Jubilee Party offered him an appointment to a committee.

Murkomen was on Tuesday, 26th May, proposed to become a member of the Devolution Committee in the new changes that were announced by the ruling party.

He said he had only learnt from the media that he had been proposed to serve in the Senate Devolution Committee, in effect, replacing Senator John Kinyua, who was allegedly being punished for standing with him.

According to the former Senate Majority Leader, accepting the position would be “tantamount to repaying unstinting loyalty with spite and treachery.

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“This afternoon I learnt from the media that I have been proposed to serve in the Senate Devolution Committee, in effect, replacing Senator Kinyua, who is being punished for standing with me. Accepting the position will be tantamount to repaying unstinting loyalty with spite&treachery,” tweeted Murkomen.

As the Majority Leader, he said, he chose not to serve in any committee and ensured that membership and leadership were distributed fairly among his colleagues.

He condemned the “unwarranted humiliation” of Senators Mithika Linturi, Kinyua, Christopher Langat and Samson Cherargei “merely because they stood by the truth and fairness”.

Murkomen said he was ready to serve the nation in any capacity and in any committee even as a mere member.

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The senator said he would not take up any positions at the expense of his colleagues “who are being humiliated for no apparent reason”.

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