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DP Ruto gives Murkomen tongue-lashing after saving him from MPs

Deputy President William Ruto intervened to save outspoken Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen from being removed from the chairmanship of the Rift Valley parliamentary caucus.

Sources told the Nation that Mr Murkomen rushed to the DP’s Karen residence on Wednesday pleading for help, just hours before MPs belonging to the Rift Valley caucus were scheduled to meet and pass a vote of no confidence in him.

Mr Ruto’s meeting with Mr Murkomen coincided with the courtesy call Tottenham star Victor Wanyama had paid on the DP.

The MPs had scheduled the Wednesday evening meeting for Weston Hotel on Lang’ata Road, a hotel associated with the DP.

Top on the agenda was the conduct of Mr Murkomen, whom they accused of having a patronising attitude and making unilateral decisions.

“He was at the Deputy President’s home on Wednesday morning. He was there at the same time footballer Victor Wanyama was there to see the DP,” an MP from Kericho county told the Nation on condition of anonymity for fear of appearing to leak out contents of the DP’s meetings.

Mr Ruto, though agreeing to step in, is said to have given the senator a tongue-lashing, warning him against making pronouncements without consulting his colleagues.