Kenya: Murkomen, Sakaja in Twitter Clash Over Hiked Fuel Prices

A motorist refuels at Kenol Kobil.
3 September 2018

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja and his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Kipchumba Murkomen on Sunday clashed over the recent increase in fuel prices.

Sakaja, in a tweet, had urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to assent to the amendment suspending the 16 per cent VAT on petroleum products.

Murkomen quickly commented on Sakaja's plea, inquiring why he was now speaking out while he was silent during Mau evictions and had even accused those speaking out of disrespecting the president.

Sakaja defended his position then, saying Murkomen was criticizing what the president had done while in this case he was urging the president to assent to an already passed amendment.

Murkomen called out Sakaja for speaking out on a law that he passed as a nominated MP in the National Assembly in 2013.

He ended the clash by welcoming Sakaja to the club of "watetezi wa raia" urging him not to contradict himself but stay on the course.

I agree with you Hon.Sakaja on this. But remember you issued a statement publicly when I visited the people of MAU against this approach. In your own words you warned me against "inciting Kenyans against Uhuru's initiatives" coz it is "... disingenuous, underhand&disrespectful" https://t.co/i3tqSwP9Qk

- KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) September 2, 2018

Remember Bro that this Petroleum law was passed when you were in National Assembly in 2013. You have no legitimacy to pretend wail. https://t.co/uw4FEBX6gv

- KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) September 2, 2018

Kutetea raia maskini bro haina formulae. That's why you can see the people of Mau are being attended to. I Welcome you to this noble mission even if it means you have to contradict yourself. On this one I forgive you. https://t.co/uw4FEBX6gv

- KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) September 2, 2018

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