Kipchumba Murkomen, the senator of Elgeyo Marakwet sneered at the lunch meeting where opposition leader Raila Odinga and Moses Kuria got treated to ugali and fish.
Visibly taking a jibe at the lunch meeting, Murkomen said the politicians dining on the same table was nothing new because it happens everyday.
In a tweet just hours after the pictures of the rivals’ lunch meeting went viral, Murkomen said:
Eating lunch together across the political divide is common among us. We do it often at the Parliamentary restaurant.
— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN (@kipmurkomen) June 21, 2016
Murkomen said politicians having lunch together should not impress the public as it was common at the National Assembly.
Gatundu South MP and some other politicians arrested for hate speech hosted a lunch meeting at the popular Ranalos food eatery in Nairobi.
Among them are CORD leaders Moses Wetangula, Kalonzo Musyoka and Siaya Senator James Orengo.
Kuria, had been at war with the law and CORD for allegedly suggesting Raila could be killed and the country would easily move on like nothing happened.
His statement caused an uproar among ODM leaders; Junet Mohammed, Timothy Bosire and Aisha Jumwa, were pushed to issue a joint statement threatening to rally their supporters to ‘defend themselves’ if Kuria was not arrested.
In the aftermath, Kuria, Mohammed, Bosire and Jumwa, together with Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu, Bahati MP Maina Ngunjiri and Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama were all detained for four days before being arraigned in court.
They were later granted bail. MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South) and Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete) after pleading not guilty to the hate charges were released on Sh5 million bond each on Friday.
The other six politicians who were also arraigned in court were released on Sh1 million bond each, with the alternative of Sh300,000 cash bail each.
They are Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, woman representatives Aisha Jumwa (KiliÒ), Florence Mutua (Busia) and MPs Junet Mohamed (Suna East), Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba) and Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati).
After pledging that he had forgiven the politician unconditionally, Raila Odinga and other CORD co-principals had a feast of fish on Tuesday with Jubilee politician.
The lunch meeting was believed to diffuse the political tension and promote tolerance among the leaders and within their supporters.