Saturday May 16, 2020 – Kapseret MP, Oscar Sudi, has broken his silence, revealing frantic efforts by Deputy President William Ruto to save Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and his Nakuru counterpart, Susan Kihika, from being axed from the Senate leadership by President Uhuru Kenyatta, but the efforts ended up in smoke.
Speaking in a phone interview with Chamgei FM, the Jubilee MP said that upon learning about the meeting in State House, the Ruto-allied legislators embarked on a mission to stop the removal of Murkomen and Kihika by ensuring that the team at State House did not meet the threshold to eject the leaders.
Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika had drafted a protest letter and together with Kericho Senator, Aaron Cheruyiot, Sudi began to mobilise their allies to sign it.
The plan was in high gear only for a glitch to present itself in two leaders, Nandi Senator Samson Cherargai and Uasin Gishu Senator, Margaret Kamar.
According to Sudi, the politicians were nowhere to be seen on the very day their loyalty to the DP was needed the most as efforts to reach them to sign the document were futile.
“We were looking for Cherargai to sign the letter but he kept saying that he would come, which he did not,” Sudi explained.
It is at this point that he informed Ruto of what was going on, and the DP took matters into his own hands and decided to call the Senator himself.
“I told the DP what was going on and Ruto called him himself.”
“He called him (Cherargai) 22 times who kept assuring the DP that he would come,” Sudi stated.
At the end, the Nandi Senator sent his signature but did not physically show up when he was summoned by the DP.
As for Margaret Kamar, the Kapsaret MP revealed that she only showed up the day after to sign the letter despite frantic efforts made by the team to reach her.
After the ouster, Kamar’s name was alleged to be among those who had signed the State House list but Ruto’s allies were determined to make sure she signed their letter as well.
Cherargai denied reports that he was on his way flying to Nairobi when he decided to turn back to avoid attending the Jubilee Senate Parliamentary Group meeting by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He instead said that he was in Nandi taking advantage of the rains by planting trees.
The Kenyan DAILY POST