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Chepkut, Chepkonga clash over parliamentary service committee nomination

Abraham kimutai
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Former Ainabkoi MP Samuel Chepkonga in a past event. [Photo/nation]

A tangle of words has erupted between former Ainabkoi Member of Parliament Samuel Chepkonga and the current MP William Chepkut.

This follows Chepkut's recent remarks that he lobbied for the appointment of Chepkonga, his political competitor as a member of the Parliamentary Service Committee.

“I thank President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto for heeding my wise counsel and appointing my fierce competitor and election loser Hon. Chepkong’a into the Parliamentary Service Committee,” said Chepkut as quoted by a local online publication.

The sentiments, however, did not go down well with the former MP who lost to Chepkut in a fiercely contested parliamentary election on August 8 poll.

Chepkonga, a lawyer by profession, said he landed the job because of his academic credentials and not through the lobbying of Chepkut.

"I urge my friend to deliver his pledges to the electorates by reducing the number of jobless youths by lobbying them positions in the government sectors other than rumour mongering about my nomination. Chepkut is a total liar I scored 87 per cent in my interview a whole 14 points more than my competitor" he said.

"If indeed Chepkut had lobbied for me then I want the chair to disqualify me for canvassing and unethical conduct. I have neither spoken to a person who has no political party for any job," added the former chairman of the National Parliament Justice and Legal Affairs Committee.  

The two battled together in a heated Jubilee party nominations during the 2017 elections which Chepkut emerged the winner though Chepkonga petitioned his nomination that it was marred with irregularities. The disputed poll was repeated and Chepkonga managed to carry the Jubilee flag which was short-lived as Chepkut won the general election as an independent candidate.

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