Murkomen in trouble over Raila quitting race remarks

Planned Raila disappearing act

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Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen. PHOTO: NMG

There was fire on Twitter on the night of Sunday, October 8, after Senator Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet) claimed that Raila Odinga was planning to quit the presidential race.

The Senate majority leader posted a controversial tweet saying Raila was considering dropping out of the repeat poll which was ordered by the Supreme Court and whose date has been set by IEBC to be October 26.

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NASA leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, and Musalia Mudavadi have lunch at Pronto Hotel in Nairobi on Tuesday, August 29. PHOTO: ENOS TECHE/THE STAR

“Raila Odinga is planning to drop out of the race officially any time from now but legal uncertainties are complicating his decision,” Murkomen said.

National Super Alliance supporters however told off the former Moi University law lecturer saying he has little knowledge in the subject.

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“I lose hope anytime you mention anything legal in your statement! UhuRuto, whom you fight for arbitrarily, can’t even hire you to represent them in court!” Walter Omondi said.

A Peter Mwita told the Senator to give the Opposition leader legal advice instead of criticising him on the social media platform.

Murkomen believes the former Prime Minister hoped he would cause a crisis by quitting the race but that his plan is being complicated by ongoing court cases.

“Raila hoped that by dropping out of the race he would cause a crisis but a few cases in court are complicating matters for him,” the Senator claimed.

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That prompted former Nairobi gubernatorial candidate, Miguna Miguna, who is also a lawyer, to join the conversation. He dismissed Murkomen saying a constitutional crisis will be the case if the Nasa honcho quits.

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Miguna Miguna. PHOTO: MWAKILISHI

“Junior counsel, ‘a few cases in court’ isn’t case law. Win those cases first before they become LAW. A constitutional crisis…here we come.”

Attorney General Githu Muigai has however said that there will be no crisis as Uhuru will still enjoy all the powers his position comes with.

Later the same evening, Murkomen was part of a discussion on Citizen TV where he maintained the claims that Raila will withdraw from the race and leave the country on Tuesday.

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According to Murkomen, Raila has realised he does not have the numbers to win the repeat election and that losing again on the 26th will forever dent his persistent claims that he won previous elections but was rigged out.

“Time will tell. What I know is that he is dropping from the race. Unless he changes his mind after I have stated that he is quitting.” Murkomen said when he was challenged to substantiate his allegations.