Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, in the spirit of Africanism and in relation to the utmost respect for elders has finally toe the line and sent his apologies to Siaya Senator James Orengo for 'shaming' him before the senate house and the whole nation on matters patterning his academic achievements.
During the emotionally charged debate on the removal of the senate deputy speaker Kindiki Kithure, Murkomen without respect of the achievements Orengo has made over the years, trolled him badly partial revealing that he was in fact more learned than him and so shouldn't lecture him on what to do.
"Senator Orengo has over and over again insulted me and my education. He doubted my knowledge of law. Mr. Speaker, Senator Orengo and I went to the same university even though the difference of was 26 years. I have two masters degree in law, Orengo has none. I I got second class upper, he got second class lower. Who is he to lecture me," agitated Murkomen said on the floor of the senate.
But today, remorseful Murkomen begged for forgiveness from the senior counsel saying that he harbours a lot of respect for Orengo and the achievements he has made over time now.
"My respect for Sen. James Orengo as a lawyer, a politician and a legislator is well documented within and outside Parliament. I have spared little opportunity to pay him the tribute he so richly deserves, and always scrupulously defer to his experience, knowledge and seniority,"
"As a young African, my respect for Orengo is a duty that I cannot escape, and which I gladly embrace because Sen. Orengo is three decades my senior, and has filled that time with valiant achievements,"
Despite seeking for forgiveness, the immediate senate majority leader however reminded Orengo to never use his vast of experience in the detriments of young and upcoming lawyers to seemed marginalised and their opinions can't count.
"In the heated debate in the Chamber as well as discourse on the political arena, it has become customary for my learned senior colleague to cite his long and successful litigation experience in order to advance his arguments whilst at the same time implying that younger colleagues are not qualified or competent to challenge his positions,"
"The persistence of this tactic suggests that Sen. Orengo not only puts a tremendous premium on his seniority in the legal profession, but also seeks to privilege it at the expense of all competing positions,"
"It would therefore be unjust to institutionalise a culture that disenfranchises young people and privileges age as the only material professional criterion," he added.
And finally, and as saying goes, at the end of the tunnel there is light, Murkomen still hopes that despite all what happened in the floor of the house, his friendship with Orengo will nourished there after.
"This is the spirit in which I took up my intervention, and I hope that this debate will not in any way strain my friendship with Hon. Sen. Orengo," he concluded.
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