Tuesday May 12, 2020 – As Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Onesmus Kipchumba Murkomen stood strong and assured Kenyans that he was stronger than before, his viral remarks in the past attacks against President Uhuru Kenyatta set the path to the collision and ultimate ouster as the Senate majority leader. 

Murkomen who was replaced by West Pokot Senator Samuel Poghisio (KANU) yesterday, led a number of Jubilee legislators in criticising Kenyatta’s Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and the handshake between the President and Orange Democratic Movement leader, Raila Odinga.

“I thank all my friends for the overwhelming love and support.”

“I am stronger than ever before,” Murkomen tweeted yesterday.

“If two years ago you would have told me that there would be a difference between Deputy President William Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta, we would deny.”

“Unfortunately, we cannot live in eutopia and the DP is facing an onslaught within the government that leaes questions to be answered as to what is the role of the President in the DP’s suffering,” he added.

But when did the rain start beating Murkomen to end up in Uhuru’s black book? Well, for starters, Murkomen has been opposed the secondment of military officers to the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS), after Kenyatta appointed Major General Mohammed Badi as Director-General of the NMS.

This was after the Head of State signed a contentious deed of transfer with Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

In November 2019, Murkomen further attacked President Kenyatta’s relationship with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, tearing into the famous March 2022 handshake.

“This nation is slowly sliding into anarchy.”

“What a paradox that we were told handshake was a panacea for all our political ills. Let’s choose peace.”

“To my colleagues in Jubilee who were brutalised in Kibra, I understand your pain and frustrations. I beg you not to revenge,” he argued. 

On Wednesday, November 27th, 2019, during the launch of BBI at Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi, Murkomen was booed by the audience as he attacked the organisers of the event.

On Wednesday, September 18, 2019, Murkomen poked holes at Kenyatta’s decision to cancel the Kimwarer dam project, claiming that there was an imbalance in the selection of the committee that eventually gave recommendations on the report.

In July 2019, while speaking at the burial of Benson Kiptire, former Member of County Assembly for Kabyego Ward in Elgeyo-Marakwet County, Murkomen lectured President Uhuru Kenyatta over the state of security in the country.


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