Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen made a curious and unexpected statement which probably served its intended purpose of shutting up those from the Orange Democratic Movement party who have been attacking the Deputy President’s liberation credentials. However, it is also a declaration that is likely to ruffle a few feathers among the deputy president’s supporters from the Mount Kenya region, as it evokes bad memories of Ruto’s alleged role in the infamous post election violence that followed the 2007 bungled and contested election.
Murkomen was speaking during an appearance on Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange Live show, which was hosted by Jeff Koinange
In reference to the recent ongoing debate that has questioned deputy president William Ruto’s role in bringing liberation, or a new order of any kind in the country, Murkomen rubbished these concerns.
He said that he had indeed seen the caricatures which had been created, mocking the deputy president, and attacking him for never having taken part in any liberation movement in the country. He however then went ahead to pour cold water on the criticisms, arguing that it was ridiculous and unrealistic to expect that the DP would have been part of the Kapenguria 6, when he hadn’t even been born by then.
He equally dismissed concerns that the deputy president didn’t take part in the 80s struggles, again stating that at the time, he was still just a young university student. As for the 90s, Murkomen claimed that it was unfair to attack Ruto and exonerate the former Prime Minister because both were serving in the same cabinet, under the same regime. He recalled that while William Ruto was serving as an assistant minister under Moi during his first term as a member of parliament, Raila Odinga was serving in the same government as minister.
It was at this point that the former Senate Majority Leader made his potentially controversial statement, declaring that if the DP’s detractors really want a good example of Ruto’s involvement in a liberation struggle, then the 2007 post election events were a good example of this.
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