Murkomen, the son of a squatter who rose to national leadership

Oliver Mureithi
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Onesimus Kipchumba Murkomen, the first Senator for Elgeyo/Marakwet County is one of the latest entrant in politics who came to the public light after he beat veteran politician Nicholas Biwott.

Murkomen, was born 37 years ago in a humble family of a squatter at Embobut forest village, Elgeyo Marakwet.

He says he started leadership at a tender age in high school where he was a dining hall captain before joining the University of Nairobi (UoN) as a law student.

At UoN, he was the first second-year student to be elected in the coveted position of a chairman of the Kenya Law Society.

After completion of his course, Murkomen and two other aides established a law firm Sing’oe, Murkomen & Sigei Advocates where he is a partner.

He is a member of Kenyan Bar and holds two Masters of Law degree (LLM) from the American University Washington College of Law in America and University of Pretoria, South Africa.

The former student of Tharaka Nithi Senator Professor Kithure Kindiki won the senatorial race courtesy of Deputy President's United Republican Party (URP) and was appointed the Deputy Majority leader in the house. 

He says he is a pioneer member of the party which forms the Jubilee coalition. He is also the Chairman of the Committee on Devolved Government. Murkomen is also a member of the Pan African Parliament.

Murkomen previously taught at Catholic University of Eastern Africa, the University of Nairobi, and Moi University, and maintains that he still goes to the institutions to lecture.

He is a happy husband to Gladys Murkomen with whom they are blessed with three children, two sons and a daughter. Despite having a busy political and professional life, the Senator says his reserves time for his family whom he says comes first.

The charismatic senator is a close aide of the DP and they are often together in various meetings and rallies including The Hague, at the International Criminal Court.

He is a devoted christian believer and a follower of Catholic church.

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