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Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 11:24 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
As the conflict in Baringo County escalates with no end in sight, one name is on the lips of all politicians, security officials and journalists handling the matter: that of Tiaty MP Asman Kamama. A day after two politicians, Simon Pepee, his rival, and MCA Fredrick Cheretei were killed, Mr Kamama came out unprodded to declare his innocennce in the killings.
The MP was in Mombasa and said it was unfair for people to peddle lies linking him to the assassination of Cheretei and Kitambaa. “I am above that. I cannot kill anyone. I believe in fighting at the ballot and not through assassination. The act could be political and police should step up their probe,” the Star reported him saying.
This raised speculation about his role in the killings that have only grown louder. During a parliamentary debate on a special motion on insecurity in Baringo on Tuesday, the MP was confronted by his Jubilee colleague William Cheptumo (Baringo North, Jubilee) who said he should record a statement with the police.
Mr Kamama had begun his contribution by exonerating himself from blame by saying, “I have grown up in the church. I am a cool guy,” when Mr Cheptumo shot up on a point of order and demanded that Mr Kamama record a statement with the police over the matter. “If he knows that the attackers were from the Tugen community, he should be the one to record a statement,” said Mr Cheptumo.
Mr Kamama is the chairman of the National Assembly's departmental Committee on Security and Administration, and therefore a senior member of the governing coalition, but that has not stopped politicians and activists from demanding that he be invstigated.
During the KANU National Executive Council meeting held in Nakuru on Thursday, party members called for Kamama to be investigated. KANU chairman Gideon Moi said that it would be important for President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene in the clashes so as to have calm restored in the area.
West Pokot senator John Lonyangapuo asked Baringo residents to avoid taking revenge and instead leave government security agencies to handle the situation. Prof. Lonyangapuo and Baringo county assembly speaker William Kamket reiterated the need for politicians who are inciting residents of Baringo into violence to be arrested and prosecuted.
Prof. Lonyangapuo specifically called on the police to investigate Mr Kamama, saying the MP had been in the forefront in making reckless statements. The leaders also said there was need for the police probing the weekend shooting of two politicians in Marigat town to give updates of the progress they have made in order to restore confidence among the locals.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County