"I was not attacking Raila" - Murkomen reveals who he was referring to in Mau Forest saga
Murkomen explains who he was referring to in his Mau Forest statement
Speaking during an interview on KTN, Murkomen claimed that his statements were also not touching on the recent handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr. Odinga. He further dismissed allegations that he insulted Mr. Kenyatta.
The Senate Majority leader has been on the receiving end after he made remarks on the Mau forest eviction seemingly accusing Mr. Odinga of being behind the operations.
“There are people who recently became part of the Government using underhanded means and they are now working with other crooks.
"They claim that one of the agreements in their MoU was to evict people from the Mau forest. We want to tell them that the Government of Kenya will not allow Kenyans to be used as political pawns,” Murkomen said.
Though Murkomen never mentioned Mr. Odinga by name, the description he made have since been interpreted to mean he was attacking the former Prime Minister.
However, during the Sunday night interview, the legislator stated: "I do not know where people picked the former Prime minister or the President.
"In that statement, I never contemplated or imagined that it had anything to do with the handshake. In fact, I do not know how the question of Mau is linked to the handshake.
"To the best of my knowledge, the former Prime Minister is not in Government, he is leading the Opposition. Therefore for anyone to interpret that Raila was part of it, it is unbelievable," he said.
During the interview, Murkomen seemed agitated when the KTN’s Sophia Wanuna insisted that he was simply trying to fool the public and pointed out that his own Jubilee party led by Secretary-General Raphael Tuju had warned him over the inflammatory statements on the Mau forest.
A visibly angry Murkomen rubbished the claims by stating: "Everybody can be wrong expect the person who spoke, who is me.”
Probed to explain who he was referring to when he said people who recently became part of the Government, Murkomen insisted that he was referring to junior Government officials.
"There are Government officers who came to the government recently some of whom came with the hope of supporting us politically.
"I was speaking about public servants and since they are too junior for me to mention their names here, I just wanted to warn them,” he said.
Meanwhile, reports indicated that Mr Murkomen was in the brink of losing his position as the Senate Majority leader over his statements on the Mau forest eviction.
In a report carried by the Nation, the Senator was saved by President Kenyatta after a phone call he made.
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