Entertainment / What’s Trending
Sunday, 05 Jun 2016 11:59 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
A photo showing Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen enjoying a humongous meal as a crowd of villagers watched impatiently beside him trended on Facebook and Twitter most of Sunday afternoon. The photo shows the senator, seated at a makeshift table with three others, eating from two bowls full of meats and vegetables. As the photo captured only a section of the table, there could be other foods as well. Murkomen also has a coffee mug in front of him. We couldn’t immediately verify the original source of the photo or where the event was held.
Surrounding Murkomen’s table are a number of clearly famished villagers itching for a bite but who are apparently not welcome to the feast. A middle-aged man to Murkomen’s right can be seen salivating for the food, while a younger man right at the senator’s back peeps above Murkomen’s shoulder to have an accurate view of the table. Other men watch forlornly, one closing his eyes to the delightful sight of food. All men are sitting on wooded benches except Murkomen, who has a green plastic chair.
The photo sent Facebook into a frenzy, with many commentators criticizing the senator’s apparent lack of concern for his hungry neighbours. “The bane of our society. While citizens are dying in hunger, our leaders are gorging themselves silly. Senator Murkomen, this is immorality!!!” wrote Facebook user Kirwa Arap Magut, one of those who shared the picture.