Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Suna East MP Junet Mohamed engaged in an exchange for words on Monday August 24 over graft allegations at KEMSA (Kenya Medical Supplies Agency), with Murkomen calling for Junet’s resignation and arrest.
This is after ODM party leader Raila Odinga on the same day issued a statement urging thorough investigations to be done to reveal the truth.
Junet echoed Raila’s take on Twitter, saying that ODM stood for “an exhaustive audit that produces incontrovertible evidence to make a watertight case against anyone found culpable.”
Junet asked the Jubilee party Tangatanga faction to declare its stand.
In a lightning-quick response, Murkomen called for Junet to resign and “expect to be arrested” together with his colleagues over the saga.
“To start with, we are calling for your resignation and immediate arrest as you await your fellow suppliers to meet you in court,” Murkomen wrote on Twitter.
Murkomen also revealed that it is ironic that ODM has already issued two statements over the same matter when the Jubilee party is yet to say anything.
“It is so strange that there is no Jubilee leader in the National Assembly or Senate who has come out to defend the KEMSA COVID-19 heist, not even Tuju. Ironically ODM Party Leader and SG are busy outdoing each other as to who can give the best defence to the looters.” Murkomen noted.
Junet asked Murkomen to table any evidence linking him to the scandal, going ahead to revisit the Arror and Kimwarer Dams scandal.
“Stop behaving like a cheap guy who joined opposition politics the other day. If you have any evidence about me table them. I don’t want to lose my head and get rattled like you did when you were mentioned in the NYS scandal,” responded Junet.
The Suna East MP was also dragged into a catfight with former State House digital director Dennis Itumbi who asked what action should be taken to leaders who have been implicated in the scandal.
In response, Junet also asked Itumbi to back his claims with evidence that he was involved in the COVID-19 corruption scandal adding that propaganda will not help in the issue.
Itumbi responded by clarifying his question to Junet and insisted that he had not implicated him in the multi-billion scandal.
“That is how the guilty respond. My question had nothing about your involvement, that will come at the right time. Let me repeat my question, what should Kenya do to leaders involved in stealing from Patients? and exposing them to death?” stated Itumbi
Meanwhile Raila called, through his party, for a speedy professional audit that will lead to the prosecution of the culprits and that the party will not defend anyone linked to the scandal.
“ODM will not defend anyone, including members or relatives and friends of its officials, found to have benefited from the fund and other resources meant for fighting the pandemic,” part of Raila’s statement read.
The earlier statement issued by ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna had criticised Deputy President William Ruto over his remarks that he will not be blamed for embezzled COVID-19 funds.
Sifuna said it was improper for a senior government official like Ruto to go public and state that “at least now nobody will blame me for stealing COVID-19 funds”.
“This statement suggests that it is okay for the funds to be stolen if he is not to blame, or even more unsettling, it expresses the jealousy of being left out of the gravy train,” Sifuna said.
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