Kipchumba Murkomen Biography

Kipchumba Murkomen

Hon. Onesmus Kipchumba Murkomen was appointed Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Roads and Transport on 27 September 2022 by H.E. President William Samoei Ruto, after a change of administration following the 2022 General Election victory for the United Democratic Movement (UDA).

Prior to his appointment to Cabinet, Murkomen served as Senator for Elgeyo Marakwet for a short stint, having been re-elected for a third consecutive term in the 9 August 2022 elections on a UDA party ticket. H.E. President Ruto’s Executive Order No 1 of 2022 outlining the structure of his Government, published on 12

October 2022, placed two State Departments within the purview of Hon. Murkomen – that of Roads and Transport, bestowing upon him the responsibility of overseeing institutional, structural, infrastructural, legal, policy, and regulatory reforms in the two critical sectors.

Early Life and Education

Murkomen was born in March 12, 1979, and he is 44 years old.  CS Murkomen was born in Embobut Forest in Elgeiyo Marakwet County. As such, he is of the populous Kalenjin tribe settling within the Great Rift Valley.

Murkomen studied at Chawis Primary School in Embobut Forest, Marakwet East until 1993 when he sat for his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exam. He was not satisfied exams results and decided to retake the exam in 1994. He later joined St Joseph’s High School Kitale and transferred to St Patrick’s High School Iten, where he sat for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exam.

In the year 2000 Murkomen joined the University of Nairobi, Parkland Campus and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 2004. While studying, he was elected chairman of Fellowship of Christian Unions’ National Students Executive Council. He was later awarded a scholarship to study a master’s in law at the University Of Pretoria, South Africa. He further studied at the American University Washington College of Law in United States.

Political Career

Kipchumba Murkomen started his career as an assistant lecturer at Catholic University. He taught Air and Space Law at the university. Thereafter, he joined Moi University as an instructor and mentor of students in matters of leadership and career progression. Hon Murkomen has also participated in exchange programs on African Leadership, Public Administration, and Globalization held at the University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Makerere University (Uganda), the University of Nairobi (Kenya) and the University of California Los Angeles (USA) respectively, and coordinated by, among others, the Uongozi East Africa Institute.

Before joining politics, Murkomen served in Kenya Anti-Counterfeit Agency Board and the Task Force on Devolved Government which is heralded for the drafting of six pieces of legislation upon which devolution is anchored. Besides being an astute politician and an academic of great repute, Hon. Kipchumba Murkomen is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with a wealth of experience and knowledge.

He later joined politics in 2013 when he became the first Senator of Elgeiyo Marakwet County. Hon. Murkomen was first elected Senator for Elgeyo-Marakwet in 2013 on a United Republican Party (URP) ticket upon the actualization of the 2010 Constitution and the institution of a bicameral Parliament.

In 2015, he was elected Senate Deputy Majority Leader, a position he held until the end of the term of the first Senate.

He would successfully retain his seat in the 2017 election under the banner of the Jubilee Party, and later appointed, by the party, to serve as Senate Majority Leader. Murkomen is credited with sponsoring and the enactment of four bills during his tenure at the Senate – the Urban Areas and Cities Amendment Bill (2017), the County Allocation of Revenue Amendment (No. 4) Bill (2017), the Intergovernmental (Amendment) Bill, 2014 and the Food Security Bill (2017).

He served as the first chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Devolution & Intergovernmental Relations, a Committee that was instrumental in the implementation of devolution as enshrined in the 2010 Constitution.

He also served in the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senate Committee on Energy, Senate House Business Committee, Senate Rules and Procedures Committee, the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms, the County Public Accounts Committee and as a member of the Senate Speaker’s Panel.

In October 2022, he was appointed as the Cabinet Secretary for Roads and Transport in the Kenya Kwanza government.

Murkomen’s Family

Kipchumba Murkomen is the son of Johana Murkomen Kanda and Mama Margaret. He is married to Gladys Wanjiru Kipchumba and is a father to 4 children – three sons and a daughter.

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