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Tim Kipchumba rejects UDA nomination results, claims process was marred with irregularities

Sunday, November 27th, 2022 14:28 | By
Tim Kipchumba at a past event. PHOTO/Courtesy

Politician Timothy Kipchumba has rejected the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) nomination results for the Elgeyo Marakwet senate seat.

Taking to his official Twitter account, the businessman cum politician decried that the nomination process held on Saturday, November 26, 2022, was marred with irregularities.

"Thank you Elgeyomarakwet! Thanks to our team and fellow aspirants! We articulated a better vision. But the UDA primaries, even as well intended to be free and fair by William Ruto were marred by countless irregularities. We'll issue a statement soon," he wrote.

He further alleged that voters in his polling station were forced to return home without voting after they ran out of ballot papers.

"Voters especially those in Marakwet East (my own polling station) had to turn back yesterday after they ran out of ballots," he added.

Kipchumba's complaints came after he lost the position to former Marakwet West Member of Parliament (MP) William Kisang.

Kisang who trounced 20 other competitors was declared the winner and issued the party certificate by the returning officer after garnering 28,126 votes.

He had served as Marakwet West MP for two terms before losing the seat during the August 9th elections.

His closest competitors Kipchumba and Jonah Tanui came in second and third after garnering 26,756 and 26,735 votes respectively while Holding Jerotich Seii and Kibaset emerged fourth and fifth with 8,540 and 3,538 respectively.

Elgeyo Marakwet's senate seat fell vacant after Kipchumba Murkomen resigned following his appointment to President William Ruto's cabinet as a Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Roads, Transport and Public works.

At the time, Murkomen stated that it was not easy exiting the Senate where he served for the last 10 years.

"The 10 years that the people of Elgeyo Marakwet entrusted me to serve in this house has come to an end, any time this afternoon I will hand in my resignation. I believe some of the reasons why I was removed as Majority Leader, apart from other political reasons, is because I brought a 20-page statement challenging the NMS taking over Nairobi County responsibilities," Murkomen stated.

"A lot is going through my mind. Leaving Senate is not easy. It’s been my home for the last 10 years," he posted.

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