Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen has exposed an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) senator from the Coastal Counties who has allegedly been offered Kakamega senator Cleophas Malala’s position in the senate so that he can vote against his county.
The former Senate Majority leader’s accusations came shortly after former State House employee Dennis Itumbi saying that a source had intimated to him about the Orange party’s plans.
Itumbi had asked Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo junior, his Narok counterpart Ledama Olekina and Murkomen to confirm the claims.
Responding to the question, Murkomen claimed that it was Taita Taveta senator Johnes Mwaruma who had been offered senator Malala’s position in the senate so that he can vote against his county.
Senator Malala is the current senate Deputy Minority leader, a position ODM is allegedly planning to take away and give it to senator Mwaruma.
Murkomen asked the Taita Taveta lawmaker not to his beloved County for 30 pieces of silver.
The Senate leadership met President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday morning ahead of the crucial debate on the revenue sharing formula, with Malala missing the meeting.
Majority leader Samuel Poghisio, his deputy Fatuma Dullo, Majority Whip Irungu Kangata and his deputy Farhiya Haji, Minority leader James Orengo, Minority Whip Mutula Kilonzo Jnr and his deputy Beatrice Kwamboka were all in attendance at State House.
ODM leader Raila Odinga also attended the meeting.
Speaker Ken Lusaka did not attend the meeting as he was reportedly chairing a session of the powerful House Business Committee to chart ways on how to deal with the debate this afternoon.
The Senate will be trying for the 10th time to reach a consensus on the contentious county revenue sharing formula.
President Kenyatta during the State House meeting, pledged to raise next year’s counties budget by Sh50 billion, the latest of inducements seeking to unlock the stalemate on the revenue sharing formula.
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