unday, May 9, 2021 -Senators Kipchumba Murkomen and his Bungoma County counterpart Moses Wetang’ula were on Saturday engaged in a fierce online spat over BBI.
This was after Senator Wetang’ula made conflicting statements on the Constitution (Amendment) 2020 Bill. Wetang’ula had earlier indicated that the BBI had loopholes and therefore needed to be reviewed first for it to pass through. He would later in the day, post another statement on his Twitter handle saying he will however be voting Yes when it comes to the floor of the Senate.
The Senate lawmaker who doubles up as the Ford Kenya Party leader went on Twitter on Saturday May 8 to further explain that his criticism on some sections in the BBI Bill didn’t mean he was opposed to the whole idea.
He faulted a section of his detractors who had started to spread the rumour that he had abandoned the course and joined DP Ruto’s camp.
“It does appear to me that many don’t understand the difference between a critic on a bill and opposing a bill. Pointing out shortcomings in a bill like I did on the BBI bill is a legislator’s duty. I will vote yes for the bill. It’s my and FK party position,” Wetang’ula stated.
It was this statement which quickly caught the attention of Elegyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen who likened him to the ‘Bend this Way Song‘ of singer Chris Embarambamba.
“This is typical of Weta. He knows how to take the stakes high for a better deal. Embarambamba would say “Bendi thisi Way,” Murkomen retorted.
According to Murkomen, Senator Wetang’ula is a politician who doesn’t have a firm stand and gets swayed to any direction through a slight push.
Reports have it that the Senate will be debating on the BBI Bill next week following a postponement announced last Thursday May 6 being the same date the National Assembly members overwhelmingly voted in support of the document.