I slapped Murkomen in self-defence, says MP

Mr Ng'eno said he fought back after Mr Murkomen charged at him.

Saturday February 27 2016

Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen during the burial of the late Hesbon Kiprop Metto at Lelmokwo village, Nandi County, on February 26, 2016. Mr Murkomen dismissed claims that he was slapped by MP Johana Ng’eno. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen during the burial of the late Hesbon Kiprop Metto at Lelmokwo village, Nandi County, on February 26, 2016. Mr Murkomen dismissed claims that he was slapped by MP Johana Ng’eno. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By RUTH MBULA
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Emurua Dikirr MP Johana Ng’eno on Friday admitted having slapped Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen at the Wilson Airport VIP lounge.

Mr Nge’no said he fought back after Mr Murkomen charged at him.

“I was defending myself,” he told the Saturday Nation over the phone.

Mr Ng’eno said he had exchanged harsh words with Mr Murkomen after he jokingly asked the senator about Sh10 million that was said to be in one of the helicopters headed to Kericho.

Deputy President William Ruto is leading campaigns in the region for the Jubilee candidate for the Senate by-election, Mr Aaron Cheruiyot.

Mr Ng’eno said trouble started when he jokingly asked Mr Murkomen whether he was transporting the cash he had “allegedly looted from the National Youth Service (NYS) to bribe Kericho voters”.

However, Mr Murkomen dismissed the claims, saying he was beyond physical fights. “I am not the type who can fight. I have gone to school and I know there are better ways to fight,” he said over the phone.

Mr Ng’eno said Mr Murkomen and all individuals mentioned in the NYS scandal must resign.

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