Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen has asked Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang'i to respect elected leaders across the country.

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Matiang'i has been under pressure in recent days, with a section of leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto accusing him of intimidation.

On Sunday, Murkomen took a swipe at Matiang'i, arguing that he can't beat him in an MCA race in Nyamira County where the minister comes from.

Murkomen also insisted that it is through his intervention that Matiang'i survived Ruaraka land saga in which over Sh1.5 billion was paid for public land.

“I want to challenge Matiang’i that we go to your village in Nyamira (County) and we run for the position of MCA with you and see if you will beat me. We want to tell these ministers that leading a country is not a joke,” Murkomen said.

“I defended you (Matiang’i) during the Ruaraka land saga. If you doubt, go and check the Hansard,” said Murkomen as quoted by Standard.

The Interior CS was dragged into the ongoing Building Bridges Initiative report debate, with Ruto's allies accusing him of being partisan.

On Friday, Matiang'i insisted that he only takes orders from President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“We only have one point of command in this country, and that is the president. Have you ever heard of a house with two masters? We are working for Uhuru and whatever he tells us to do with Kibicho, we will always do,” the CS said.