President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Tanga tanga fraction of the Jubilee party have for the first time joined forces in response to a tragedy. The latest landslide tragedy in Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot counties has seen its senator Kipchumba Murkomen reach out to President Uhuru Kenyatta. In a twitter post, senate majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen announced that he spoke to president Uhuru Kenyatta who organized for the evacuation of survivors. Murkomen shared the following post on his twitter account:
“I have talked with President Kenyatta who has organized for the evacuation of all the survivors of E. Marakwet&W. Pokot county landslide. He is also personally monitoring search rescue efforts. Help is on the way. We are working with the government to ensure the people are assisted.”
This comes amid wrangles in Jubilee party that has seen members divide into those supporting president Uhuru Kenyatta and those supporting deputy president William Ruto. Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has been a sharp critic of President Uhuru Kenyatta. He is a close ally of deputy president William Ruto. He alongside other Tanga tanga movement members have been opposing the building bridges initiative of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.
The senate majority leader also went ahead to inform that he had talked to deputy president William Ruto through a video conference. He further noted that president Uhuru Kenyatta had promised concerted efforts in addressing the issue. Taking to his Twitter account again, Kipchumba Murkomen posted:
“Last night we had a conference call between the Deputy President&leaders of Marakwet&Pokot over the landslide issue. This Morning the President has confirmed to us concerted Government efforts to resolve the issue. We are headed to the ground to give our support. We shall overcome.”
Several people have lost their lives, others injured and some still missing. Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and other state agencies have moved in to survey the area and evacuate those injured or stranded. Rescue operations are underway. Emergency response teams are already on the ground. At the moment 3500 people have been displaced by the landscapes.