Race to succeed Murkomen in Senate starts
The nomination of Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen as Cabinet Secretary for Roads, Transport and Public Works has kicked off a major contest to replace him in the county.
Even before yesterday when he was formally picked for the docket, word had already spread that he would be a key member of President William Ruto’s administration, kicking off early campaigns for his seat.
Yesterday, those who want to replace the Senator, who is serving his third term, said they were ready to hit the ground running in the hunt for votes.
Murkomen was elected on a UDA ticket and most of those aiming to replace him will be seeking the party’s ticket. So far, it has attracted several aspirants including Tim Kipchumba, Hillary Marimoi and former MPs Jackson Kiptanui and William Kisang and former Elgeyo Marakwet Speaker Albert Kochei.
Others said to be eyeing the seat are social and governance rights activist Jerotich Seii, Soy North Ward MCA Jonah Tanui and Eliud Lorpesa. Former County Governor Alex Tolgos, who lost to Murkomen in last month’s election may also give it another try.
Kipchumba, an author who has published books on youth mentorship, said he has the right qualifications.
“His are big shoes but I will grow into them. I believe I have the leadership skills to lead and represent our people in the Senate,” he told People Daily.
Kochei, who has been Chama Cha Mashinani secretary general, declared his interest to be the UDA nominee.
“I have resigned from CCM,” he said.
Also interested in the seat is lawyer Hillary Marirmoi who was part of Ruto’s legal team at the Supreme Court.
“I’m ready to take this county to the next level in terms of legislation to fight for welfare of the devolved unit,” said Marirmoi who was trounced by Murkomen in the August 8 polls.