Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen has been accused of linking President Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga to narcotics trade.
This comes after Murkomen, the Senator for Elgeyo-Marakwet County, claimed that prominent Kenyans accused of being involved in drug trafficking and whose names were given by the Kenyan Akasha brothers to US authorities would be protected by the handshake, a unity pact between Kenyatta and Odinga.
Murkomen said this in response to US-based Kenyan lawyer Prof. Makau Mutua, who wondered when the officials mentioned by the Akashas would be extradited to the US to face criminal charges.
“The Akashas identified to US authorities Kenyan judges, police officers, prosecutors, and politicians they bribed before conviction for drug running in New York. Will those bribed be publicly identified and extradited for trial in the US?” Mutua tweeted.
In reply, Senator Murkomen posted: “Handshake will protect them.”
Former Mukurweini MP Kabando wa Kabando said that Murkomen was insinuating that President Uhuru and Odinga were abetting serious crimes by protecting dangerous criminals.
“Oh, my! Most daring, or truth Sayer? Jubilee’s Senate Majority Leader has accused President Uhuru KENYATTA and Raila Odinga of abetting SERIOUS crimes – protecting dangerous criminals. That narcotics barons have their mercy. This is SERIOUS,” Kabando wrote.
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Lawyer Oduol Aluoch also took issue with Murkomen’s tweet, saying that it amounts to a direct attack on the President and party leader.
“I thought handshake was an initiation by both the president and Raila. To mock the same is tantamount to mocking the president your party leader and to a great extent aiming at shaming, ridiculing and disrespecting your leader,” Aluoch tweeted.