Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has accused President Kenyatta of starving the Rift Valley region and residents of development.
Speaking during the burial of slain athlete Agnes Tirop, Murkomen alleged that this was part of a well-calculated scheme by Uhuru to embarrass and punish Deputy President William Ruto over 2022 succession politics.
“I feel very sad that in furtherance of political fights in Jubilee and in the wish to embarrass the Deputy President, the government of Kenya denied the people of Nandi, Uasin Gishu, Marakwet, Rift Valley, athletes, and business people their rights in the name of punishing one individual,” said Murkomen.
The senator cited the government’s move to abandon key projects in the region, including three stadium projects in Kapsabet, Eldoret, and Kamariny, as well as the Arror and Kimwarer multi-purpose dams.
Murkomen claimed the handshake between President Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga was the root cause of all the problems affecting his people.
"All the corruption hails from the so-called handshake…since Raila came in. Uhuru should not punish our people so that he goes forth and says that our DP Ruto has not done anything to develop his home region," he said.
He urged Kenyatta to build adequate training facilities for athletes from the region as part of his legacy projects.