By Annette Amondi
Senator Kipchumba Murkomen came out guns blazing to condemn Kenyans on Twitter over the hashtag #WeKnowYourSalary that has been trending since Sunday.
The hashtag which aimed to flag down excesses of public officers who own mega projects that are clearly beyond the reach of their payslips.
Kenyans on Twitter reacted with characteristic enthusiasm to President Uhuru Kenyata’s call for lifestyle audits by spitting out names of leaders they believe have illegal wealth.
Through the hashtag #WeKnowYourSalary, Kenyans posted pictures and information on hundreds of property allegedly linked to different politicians.
The outrage to the revelations is extensive as many Kenyans tweeting from across the country expressed optimism that the authorities will pick up the information for the lifestyle audit.
Among those whose lifestyles are being questioned is MARTIN AGUMBI, an accountant At KeNHA who is claimed to own apartment at the upmarket kilimani area near Galana plaza, 2 penthouses at shaza in shanzu, (Bought at kshs 44m a piece), 3 range rover sports, 1 mercedes, 1 audi. And to top it all up, Salary of kshs 200K.
Lawyer Kipchumba Murkomen hit back at Kenyans over the trending hash tag which also got the attention of PLO Lumumba.
“Nobody becomes rich or wealthy through SALARY(Not @UKenyatta,@WilliamsRuto or @RailaOdinga).You must take loans, do business, sell good&/or services,do farming,create ideas&sell them etc.stop the nonsense of #WeKnowYourSalary. Mzee Kenyatta taught us to fight poverty not riches” wrote Murkomen
“Paul Malong and Salva Kiir must be stopped. They loot from their country to come and invest in Kenya. Cytonn & Hass Consult are where money are being drumpianly laundered #SouthSudanUntouchables” wrote PLO
Although it has been backed by the public, experts have expressed reservations that the lifestyle audit will not yield much if not handled well. Others have read politics, arguing that it is targeted at well known individuals who have been slammed for unexplained overnight wealth.