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Political wars to blame for slow development in Rift Valley, says Murkomen

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has claimed that political wrangling was to blame for the slow pace of development in the Rift Valley.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 07 Jun 2016 09:48 EAT

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has claimed that political wrangling was to blame for the slow pace of development in the Rift Valley.

The senator said many of the region’s leaders were pre-occupied with schemes to bring down Deputy President William Ruto.

Speaking at St. Andrews ACK church in Ol’Lessos of Nandi-Hills constituency on Sunday, Murkomen said: “We have spent now over three years fighting the DP that is why we have had little development when the rest of the country is united behind all their leaders,” he added.

Murkomen also claimed at the same event that opposition leader Raila Odinga is angling for the deputy president’s position currently held by William Ruto.

The senator claimed that Raila’s criticism of the government, especially Ruto, was meant to create a wedge between the DP and President Uhuru Kenyatta in order for the two to split so that Raila can be Uhuru’s running mate.

Murkomen also claimed that Jubilee was not opposed to the replacement of current commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), stressing that the coalition wanted the law to be followed in removing them.

“We are defending  constitutionalism. We reject attempts to polarize the country as we approach the 2017 general elections,” he said.

Jubilee MPs, who form the majority in Parliament, rejected a petition by CORD in 2015 to remove the commissioners.

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