Duale, Murkomen told to resign over NYS scandal link

Mr Duale allegedly called and texted NYS deputy Director General Adan Harakhe reminding him that he needed political support from URP leaders.

Thursday February 25 2016

Nairobi based-lawyer Kiprop Marimoi after casting his vote at the Eldoret High Court during the Law Society of Kenya elections on February 25, 2016 . He called for the resignation of Elgeyo Marakwet County Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale after they were implicated in the NYS saga. PHOTO | DENNIS LUBANGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Nairobi based-lawyer Kiprop Marimoi after casting his vote at the Eldoret High Court during the Law Society of Kenya elections on February 25, 2016 . He called for the resignation of Elgeyo Marakwet County Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale after they were implicated in the NYS saga. PHOTO | DENNIS LUBANGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By DENNIS LUBANGA
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Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale and Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen should resign to pave way for investigations into their involvement in corrupt deals at NYS.

A Nairobi based-lawyer, Kiprop Marimoi, who hails from Elgeyo Marakwet County petitioned the two Jubilee leaders to do so after they were named by former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru as politicians who tried to influence the payment of millions of shillings in fishy deals at the National Youth Service.

“As a lawyer just like my friend Murkomen and also a resident of Elgeyo Marakwet where he represents, I would wish to ask him to relinquish his political positions as he understands what the law entails in such circumstances,” said Mr Marimoi.

Through her affidavit, the former CS alleges that Mr Murkomen visited her office and that of former Devolution Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti to push for the unfreezing of accounts of business people involved in the NYS scandal, among them businessman Benson Gethi.

She claims the senator also wanted the investigations by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) against his clients stopped.

She alleges in the affidavit that Mr Duale called and texted NYS deputy Director General Adan Harakhe during the investigation into the NYS scandal, reminding him that he needed political support from URP leaders in his region (North Eastern region).

But in a quick rejoinder, Mr Murkomen and Mr Duale have accused Ms Waiguru of putting up side shows to redirect attention away from her alleged role in the NYS scandal.

The duo, who defended Ms Waiguru when the scandal broke out last year, accused the former CS of seeking to paint the URP wing of the Jubilee coalition as corrupt.

Mr Marimoi who was addressing journalists outside the Eldoret High Court after casting his vote in the Law Society of Kenya’s elections, called upon Mr Murkomen to relinquish his seat as the chair of the Senate’s committee on Legal and Constitutional Review.

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