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Murkomen Booed During The Launch of the BBI Event

By Whispers Correspondent 

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen was booed during the unveiling of the Building Bridges Initiative report at the Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi. [Courtesy]

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen was on Wednesday, November 27, booed in the presence of President Uhuru Kenyatta during the launch of BBI’s report at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi.

Murkomen claimed the speakers chosen to address the audience was skewed, as leaders allied to the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga had been given priority and were using the opportunity to criticise their opponents.

“We must have an honest discussion, even the way Junet you are running the program, we must have an honest discussion about it. Your Excellency, it would be a lie for me to leave this stage without saying that this program has been skewed to leave out people with different opinions,” Murkomen stated, sending the crowd wild.

He was reacting to a statement by Suna East MP Junet Mohamed who had welcomed him on stage claiming that the event was meant to discuss the BBI report and not the problems of Jubilee.

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Murkomen was forced to pause his speech as the Chairman of the BBI Team, Yusuf Haji calmed the crowd, allowing the senator to continue.

The boos, however, did not deter Murkomen from expressing his displeasure.

“It starts with those who mobilised the people who came to this podium. Because if this podium is going to be used to lecture other people then give them a chance to express their views. We must come out and give out our voices,” he said.

Senator Hajji intervened by asking the crowd to bear with Murkomen and allow him to express himself.
“Tuwe na heshima, Rais wetu yuko hapa. Mpeni mtu huyu nafasi. (Let us be respectful. Our president is in attendance and Murkomen should be given his chance),” Hajji said, adding, “Please give him time, Murkomen will have his say and we too will have ours”.

The crowd finally calmed down and the Elgeyo Marakwet Senator continued with his speech but this time around, praising the BBI.

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Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka who spoke after Murkomen asked him to tone down on the anger and preach peace.

“This is not the time to be angry. Anger cannot resolve anything. Do not be ashamed to say sorry for opposing the BBI and seeking forgiveness,” he said.

The senator went ahead to shower the president with praises over what he termed as excellent leadership that made the event possible.

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