Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen on Thursday March 4, 2021 warned Kenyans over increasing cases of political violence in the country.
Murkomen who is a close ally of Deputy President William Ruto has warned that the chaotic scenes being witnessed in the ongoing parliamentary and county assembly by-elections might take Kenyans back to the old dark days of 2007/2008 post election violence if it is not condemned.
The former Senate majority leader took to his social media page and posted a message warning Kenyans against the rising cases of political violence noting that it might result to post election violence as was witnessed during 2007/08 Election.
“I never knew that after 2007/2008 and under the Leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta a man who knows or ought to know so well the pitfalls of glorifying violence, that our nation would have such violent elections. Fellow Kenyans we are on our own & we better choose,” Murkomen tweeted.
This comes after UDA party lawmakers were chassed away by rowdy youths in Nakuru’s London Ward over voter bribery allegations.
Langata Member of Parliament Nixon Korir was also attacked by youths and forced out of Milimani polling station over similar claims.
Four tangatanga leaders; Didmus Barasa (Kimilili), Beson Koech (Belgut), Wilson Kogo (Mosop) and Samson Cherargei (Nandi Senator) were arrested in Kabuchai and detained at Bungoma Police Station. UDA candidate Nyandusi Nyakeramba and politician Don Bosco Gichana were also arrested in Kiamokama Ward, Kisii County.
Report from the police indicated that the lawmakers were arrested after they were found with guns in their vehicles.
A pickup belonging to the UDA candidate in Kabuchai mini poll was vandalised and badly damaged by rowdy youths.
In Matungu, former sports minister Rashid Echesa slapped a polling clerk while Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala also kicked and slapped with Homa Bay Woman Rep Gladys Wanga.