Kenya: Murkomen Heckled at BBI Launch Exposing Deep-Rooted Political Tensions


Nairobi — Political tensions among top leaders were evident at the Bomas of Kenya on Wednesday during the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.

At first, it was easy to assume that all was well, until Senate Major Leader Kipchumba Murkomen was invited to the podium by Junet Mohamed who was running the initial program.

“Even how Junet is running this program is skewed to leave out other people who have a different opinion to speak what they have to say. We must say it as it is,” Murkomen said, “He is calling specific people to come and speak while leaving others out.”

“It starts with who mobilised people to come to Bomas, as leaders who have come here to says that this not about politics of other people to be excluded, I demand the right to be heard,” he said, “we came here from all shades of all political opinion we can’t be lectured on the podium.”

Attempts to get the microphone from him were unsuccessful, and it took fellow Senator Yusuf Haji’s intervention to plead to the crowd to listen to him when he said he too is entitled to his opinion.

All this time, President Uhuru Kenyatta, his Deputy William Ruto and Opposition chief Raila Odinga just watched in awe.

And even before the BBI report was released, leaders allied to Ruto have often said they will oppose it, claiming it is only aimed at creating extra executive positions for some leaders.

But President Kenyatta was categorical Wednesday when he launched the report, “this document is for Kenyans, it is for the greater good of the country, it is not for Uhuru or Raila or anyone.”

He urged leaders and all Kenyans to read and understand it before making a decision.

Odinga too praised the report and urged Kenyans to embrace it, “because it is for the prosperity of this nation.”

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Publish date : 2019-11-28 07:12:17

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