'I Also Went To School': Murkomen Clashes With Orengo During Kindiki's Impeachment Sitting
May. 22, 2020
Temperatures flared in the Senate as the motion for the impeachment of Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki got underway in Parliament on Friday 22 May 2020.
Senators allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition chief Raila Odinga exchanged harsh words with lawmakers allied to Deputy President William Ruto.
The highlight of the stormy session were the numerous points of order being advanced by either side of the divided as temperatures flared.
Ousted Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), and Minority Leader James Orengo have torn into each other's academic qualifications.
Murkomen, standing on a point of order, accused Orengo, a senior counsel, of continuously poking holes on his academic qualifications yet they went to the same University.
“Senator Orengo has over and over again doubted my practice and knowledge of law and my academic qualifications,” fired Murkomen.
“We went to the same university although the difference is 26 years. I have two Master’s degrees and he has none. I have taught at university and he has not,” Murkomen said.
Earlier, Orengo had asked the Elgeyo Marakwet senator to read 'widely' and made reference to a couple of books.
“We are exercising our legislative authority under the Constitution. A decision by Parliament is not an administrative action. Senator, you may need to read if you have not read,” Orengo told Murkomen.
As the motion for the ouster of Kindiki got underway, the Speaker, Kenneth Lusaka was forced to stop Ruto's allies who had moved a point of order objecting the tabling of the motion.
Ruto's allies wanted the Chief Whip to table evidence to Kindiki's omissions or commissions.
Murkomen and Lusaka clashed, with the Speaker telling the Elgeyo Marakwet senator he had also gone to school and he would have to stop making points of order.
It was the tone of the message that irked politicians including Meru senator Mithika Linturi who told off the whip in a telling reply declaring he would not toe the party line.
According to Mithika, the move was not only political but also unconstitutional and went against the national values and principles of good governance.
"It would be a serious dereliction of that sacred duty as a senator, and a breach of article 10 of the Constitution for me to become a thoughtless automation that unquestionably endorse predetermined outcomes on matter that come up for debate," he wrote back.
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