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CORD MPs to table censure motion against Lenku

18 June 2014, 10:31 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – MPs from the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) have announced their plans to table censure motion against the Interior Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Ole Lenku for failure to manage the country’s security.

Kisumu Central MP, Ken Obura, who is to table the censure motion, said at a press conference that citizens have lost faith in Ole Lenku following the past and recent attacks where no single culprit has been arrested despite his emphatic assurances.

“We hereby bring to your notice as CORD MPs that we are in the process of tabling a censure motion against the Interior CS Joseph Ole Lenku. The country has encountered many terror attacks but Ole Lenku seems unable to offer a long-lasting solution to the deteriorating national security,” said Obura.

Obura said the security docket requires someone who can be trusted with security matters but not “reading politically inciting statements” accusing people in the opposition of causing insecurity in response to terror attacks.

Ugunja MP, Opiyo Wandayi warned Ole Lenku against uttering reckless remarks on national security issues especially by linking CORD leader, Raila Odinga to the witnessed terror attacks.

“Mr. Ole Lenku must be cautioned to stop politicizing serious national security matters. We’re aware that he’s just but a mouthpiece who’s echoing what he has been instructed to do by his masters,” said Wandayi.

“But he must remember that, in fullness of time, he will have to carry the cross alone and he will be held to account for his acts of omission or commission,” he added.

Wandayi stated that Odinga’s record in the struggle for the country’s democracy speaks for itself and warned that such record cannot be easily twisted for political expediency.

“The reckless remarks by Ole Lenku have now put Hon. Odinga’s life in grave danger. Stage-managed demonstrations by marauding gangs in the city are a clear pointer to what is in the offing. We wish to warn, therefore, that should anything untoward happen to Hon. Odinga, the Minister and those who sent him will have to bear personal responsibility,” warned Wandayi.

Siaya MP, Christine Ombaka, called on Ole Lenku to record a statement with the police over his incitement remarks from his statement in response to the Mpeketoni killings and make a public apology to Odinga.

“Above all, Ole Lenku must resign immediately for his failure to manage the country’s security situation. We also demand that the government take immediate steps to enhance Hon. Odinga’s security,” said Ombaka.

Suba MP, John Mbadi said the security petition be forwarded to the UN Security Council to take note of the insecurity situation in the country if the government is unable to curb terror attacks.

“The UN has a mandate to not only intervene when situations get out of control but also to take pre-emptive measures to forestall an imminent irreversible breakdown in law and order in a member country,” said Mbadi.
He insisted that the planned Saba Saba rally will go on if the government defies the opposition’s call for national dialogue on issues affecting the country.

“The Saba Saba rally is not meant for inciting citizens to cause chaos but engage them in addressing important problems facing our country after the government’s failure to hold the dialogue,” stated Mbadi.

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