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Senator Murkomen Eats Humble Pie And Showers Praise on ODM Leader Raila in a Surprise Endorsement

by Robert Mwangi
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Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, one of the key politicians in the inner circle of Deputy President William Ruto, in an interesting turn of events, had his own “handshake” and an embrace with ODM leader Raila Odinga in Homa Bay yesterday .

Politically, Ruto and ODM leader Odinga currently don’t see eye to eye and are fierce critics of each other.

Both often use their lieutenants to attack each other, and among the hard-hitting combatants in the DP’s corner is Murkomen.

The Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator is known to use public rallies and his social media platforms to take a dig at Odinga.

That was not the case when he joined Odinga and other leaders in Homa Bay yesterday, 20th December, to mourn the mother of his colleague, Senator Moses Kajwang, and Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang.

Murkomen showered praise on Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta for their joint effort to unite the country through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.

“Now, we want to see Baba (Odinga) and DP Ruto together to unite this country by endorsing the BBI together,” Murkomen said

The senator said the Jubilee Party was ready to adopt any system of government proposed by the two, but they need to be clear on what they want.

“We have heard you, but you need to tell us if you want a parliamentary or presidential system of government so that we don’t waste time on non-issues.”

As he addressed the mourners, Murkomen interrupted his speech several times, asking the pro-Odinga crowd if he was on the right track.

“I hope my words are coming out well. Please tell me if I am wrong so that I can correct and move on to the right path,” he said, as the crowd thunderously cheered.

This is the second time in several weeks that the senator has toured the Luo-Nyanza region, Odinga’s stronghold.

During the two visits, Murkomen referred to the former Prime Minister as Baba, a name that his adoring supporters are fond of.

Several leaders opposed to Odinga at various times, including President Kenyatta, have found themselves on the receiving end of hostile crowds.

In 2014, President Kenyatta was forced to cut his speech in Migori County, after he was booed by angry youths, with some daring enough to throw objects at the presidential dais.

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