Months before last year’s General Elections, a young lawyer used to bedazzle Kenyans with his crisp explanation of the 2010 Constitution and all matters law whenever he was on national television.
Kenyans, who had voted for the Constitution because their leaders said so even though they did not understand it were being schooled and whenever the young lawyer was breaking down the chapters, sections and sub-sections of the Constitution, many were probably taking notes.
Never in the history of independent Kenya had a young man showed his mastery of the country’s supreme law; never had a sober-minded fellow appeared on Prime Time which was hitherto reserved only for political analysts, those talking heads who drone on and on and until the cows came home, and presenters stop shouting at viewers.
He was a breath of fresh air in the smelly airwaves which had been taken over by tribal bigots, venal satraps and know it all third rate political science lecturers who did not make sense even to themselves.
That bright fellow who had put pretenders to the throne of legalese in their rightful dustbin of history was none other than Kipchumba Murkomen who later declared on national TV that he was joining elective politics by contesting a senatorial post in Elgeyo Marakwet — which he won and became Senator Kipchumba Murkomen.
This new Senator Kipchumba Murkomen nowadays appears on TV and in political rallies and almost every other place where politicians shout themselves hoarse and he is a pale shadow of that young gentleman of a lawyer who was so loved by viewers.
The new Kipchumba Murkomen is not interesting one bit. He does not make sense and sounds worse than the politicians who went around the country telling people not to read the 2010 Constitution because they had read it for them and decided that it was bad or good, depending on which side of the cover they were on.
Oh, how I wish that old Kipchumba Murkomen would come back and put to shame this new Kipchumba Murkomen who is increasingly proving that failure has gone to his head.