Kiunjuri hits out at Raila over controversial Bills
15 November 2013, 10:04
Nairobi - Former Public Works Assistant Minister, Mwangi Kiunjuri, has faulted the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) leader, Raila Odinga, for not influencing his party MPs to stop the passing of the controversial Bills tabled in Parliament recently.
Kiunjuri accused the former Prime Minister of insincerity saying most of the motions were being passed in the presence of Cord-allied MPs, noting that Raila was on the front line in the war against the Jubilee Government.
The former Laikipia East Member of Parliament challenged Raila to come out clearly and tell Kenyans the action he has taken against his MPs who are expected to denounce some of the draconian motions and Bills tabled in the National Assembly.
He urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to reject the controversial Media Bill, which he termed as a snag as far as democracy is concerned.
He was addressing the media on Wednesday where he strongly condemned the gagging of the media in the country, saying that democracy must prevail.
“If we truly uphold democracy as a nation, no leader in this country should allow the gagging of the media,” said Kiunjuri.
The former legislator noted that the constitution is clear about freedom of media and expression.
“No Act of law should curtail the freedom of media and I am urging the President to reject the Bill and allow the Parliament to amend it,” said Kiunjuri.
The former Assistant Minister further criticized Raila for sabotaging President Kenyatta’s Government by claiming that the draconian Bills and motions are created and passed by the Jubilee Government.
Kiunjuri also told the Cord leader off regarding his support for the Judiciary, saying he should tell Kenyans whether he changed his mind after the case involving Kethi Kilonzo’s nomination, where Cord leaders called for disbandment of the Judiciary.
Kiunjuri posed, “Few months ago, the former Prime Minister and his team expressed their dissatisfaction with the Judiciary after it barred their favourite candidate Kethi Kilonzo and called for its disbandment. How come they are now saying that the same Judiciary is reformed?”
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