I was a preacher but my accent drove church members away – Murkomen

Senate majority leader left a radio show presenter in stitches after revealing how he lost church followers due to his ‘unrefined’ accent.

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen. He has revealed that he was a preacher [Photo/ Courtesy]

In Brief

– Kipchumba Murkomen is the Elgeyo Marakwet Senator with additional duties as Senate majority leader.

– He has left Kenyans in awe after revealing his religious past.

– His father is an ordained church minister.

Leader of the majority party in the Senate Kipchumba Murkomen has disclosed that he once served as a gospel minister in a jointly owned sanctuary that was situated in Ngara, Nairobi, during his campus days. Speaking during an interview with a local radio station, the Elgeyo Marakwet County Senator lamented that at the start of the mission, he had a big number of followers but shortly after the number reduced, attributing the ‘fall in business’ to his not-so-well polished English accent.

“I was a mini pastor. At first, many people would come, and because of my accent, people left, which meant we couldn’t collect much. I hadn’t learned how to speak in tongues,” reminisced Murkomen.

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Murkomen further revealed that he was in the mission in an attempt to raise university fees, but was quick to note that money was not the primary focus seeing as he had content and still believes in the holy word to date.

“I was a real preacher, and I still believe in it. I was not in the church just for money. There was content, but I also needed the money to pay for university,” he added.

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Murkomen left the radio host in stitches when he opened up on how he would speak in the Marakwet language during his days in High School, to confuse worshippers who were speaking in tongues so that he would fit in place.

Murkomen’s father, Johana Murkomen, is an ordained reverend serving with the African Inland Church (A.I.C).