Cord lawmakers accuse govt of 'exposing leaders to harm'

Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula said withdrawing of bodyguards had sent shockwaves within the opposition.

Saturday March 12 2016

Cord co-principal Moses Wetang’ula (centre) addresses the press after attending the burial of Mzee Elias Gatimu Gatumuta at Kathunguri Village, Runyenjes constituency, Embu County on March 11, 2016. PHOTO | CHARLES WANYORO | NATION MEDIA GROUP.

Cord co-principal Moses Wetang’ula (centre) addresses the press after attending the burial of Mzee Elias Gatimu Gatumuta at Kathunguri Village, Runyenjes constituency, Embu County on March 11, 2016. PHOTO | CHARLES WANYORO | NATION MEDIA GROUP. 

By CHARLES WANYORO
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Four Cord legislators have accused the Jubilee administration of exposing dissenting leaders to harm, in a bid to intimidate and instil fear in them.

Led by Cord co-principal Moses Wetang’ula, the leaders said the withdrawal of a section of security detail belonging to Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, and that of his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi, was meant to harass them.

He said the act had sent shockwaves within the opposition, citing incidences where vocal anti-establishment politicians had had their security compromised, and then harmed.

“We saw instances where the security of the late Tom Mboya was withdrawn, before he was killed. The same happened to Robert Ouko and JM Kariuki. If this is a precursor to what the government want to do to our governors, the consequences could be dire,” said Mr Wetang’ula.

He spoke at Kathunguri Village, Runyenjes Constituency, during the burial of Mzee Elias Gatimu Gatumuta, the father in law of Mr Alex Nthia, a Ford Kenya national executive council member on Friday.

The Cord official, who was accompanied by Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi, nominated senator Catherine Mukite, and Awendo MP Jared K’Opiyo, said the two governors were being harassed for their role in the Cord triumph in the Malindi by-election.

“We read a political move in this since the two were the troop leaders in Malindi. The win is a pointer to what will happen in 2017,” he said.

Mr Wetang’ula hit out at the government, saying it was treating governors with disdain, observing they were leaders of the devolved units.

He exuded confidence that Kenyans would vote for the Okoa Kenya initiative once subjected to a referendum.

The Ford Kenya leader urged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to speedily send the Okoa Kenya Bill to the 47 county assemblies, saying it would liberate the country from the runaway corruption and entrenched tribalism by ensuring equitable distribution of resources.

“The Bill will ensure the money that is being looted in Nairobi (national government) will be brought to the grassroots. Corruption and tribalism has been entrenched under the Jubilee Administration. You turn right, you turn left and all you see are people looting,” charged Mr Wetang’ula.

The Bungoma senator criticised President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto for calling on their followers to fold up all the Jubilee allied parties, saying the move was meant to kill multi-party democracy.

“President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy William Ruto are orphans of the one party system. The very idea of creating a monolith called Jubilee Party is aimed at controlling people,” he said.

Mr Wetang’ula said Cord would not dissolve its constituent parties and would strengthen their pillars.

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