Murkomen, Kihika to Pay for Suing Jubilee

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and his Nakuru counterpart Susan Kihika have been ordered to pay Jubilee for taking the party to court.

Murkomen and Kihika had sued their party Jubilee, its chairman Nelson Dzuya, and Secretary-General Raphael Tuju.

The two senators went to court seeking to overturn a coalition agreement between the ruling party and KANU but later withdrew the case.

However, Jubilee party later filed a petition before Justice James Makau wanting the two vocal senators to pay for cost of hiring lawyers and filing responses.

In their case, Jubilee, Dzuya, Kanu and Tuju argued that they had incurred unnecessary cost of hiring lawyers to defend themselves separately since the senators had sued as private persons and for personal reasons.

Senators Kipchumba Murkomen and Susan Kihika. Photo/Courtesy

Justice Makau in his ruling agreed with Jubilee and ordered Murkomen and Kihika to pay half of the costs for all respondents.

“The first to fourth respondents be and hereby awarded costs at 50 per cent of costs as shall be taxed by the taxing master,” the judge ruled.

The two senators allied DP William Ruto, in their defense pleaded for leniency arguing that they had filed the case in the interest of the public adding that they withdrew the case as soon as they filed it.

Murkomen and Kihika who were at that time kicked out of their majority leadership positions in the senate retreated from challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s to sign a post-election coalition with KANU.
The senators had claimed that the coalition deal was unconstitutional and was not sanctioned by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC).

They also challenged their removal from office claiming that President Uhuru had no numbers to warrant their removal.

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