Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen has stated categorically in a early morning tweet that they will be no senate proceedings today until the DCI produces two senators. The two senators, Dr. Christopher Langat of Bomet county and Cleophas Malala of Kakamega county, were allegedly arrested from their homes yesternight by sleuths from the DCI headquarters.
Videos doing rounds on social media showed the two lawmakers addressing officers of the investigative body from their balconies dead in the night. Murkomen and several other politicians arrived in Nyayo Estate, where Langat resides, to help stop the officers from arresting him. Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa, while addressing the media from outside Langat’s house, claimed that the legislator is being sought for opposing the revenue sharing formula as fronted by the government.
This comes moments after Senate Majority Chief Whip Irungu Kang’ata accused Senators from Deputy President William Ruto’s backyard of sabotaging his efforts to have the revenue standoff resolved.
The Murang’a Senator claims that majority of counties in the Rift Valley region are gaining millions in the new formula but have been whipped to oppose it for political gain.
The Senators are headed for yet another showdown in the chambers on Monday, with the government side keen on having the revenue share debate concluded once and for all.
Senators who back a compromise formula maintain that they will not allow the government-backed formula based on population to pass as it disadvantages 19 counties.
“Some Senators from Rift Valley come from counties that will benefit but they decided that they reject the formula…that tells you that someone must have called them,” said Kang’ata.
Meru County is one of the populous counties that is set to gain, but Senator Mithika Linturi has rejected the formula.
Kericho’s Aaron Cheruiyot is also opposed to it yet his county would gain millions from the new formula. Bomet’s Christopher Langat is opposed to the formula while Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, a key ally of DP William Ruto, is opposed to the formula pushing for a win-win formula where no county will lose its revenue.
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