MP wants Parliament to probe deaths of prominent people
05 February 2015, 08:22
Nairobi – A motion proposing the National Assembly to set up a Select Committee to conduct comprehensive investigations into deaths of recent prominent persons in the country will be tabled when Parliament resumes from recess next week.
The Kisumu Central MP, Ken Obura, who is the sponsor of the motion said there is much need for Kenyans to know the truth behind the mysterious deaths of the late Senators; Mutula Kilonzo (Makueni) and Otieno Kajwang’ (Homa Bay), and Raila’s son, Fidel Odinga, because the shocking deaths raised a lot of anxiety in the entire nation.
Obura reiterated that since the Constitution’s Article 26 guarantees the right of every person to life and that no person shall be deprived of it intentionally, it is important for citizens to be provided with right to access information as per Article 35 of the Constitution.
He stated that national leaders and their families form an integral part of national-being in forging unity yet most deaths of such prominent personalities have been shrouded in mystery creating unnecessary anxiety among different groups of people in the country.
“This House resolves to establish a Select Committee to comprehensively investigate and inquire into the causes of death of the three personalities, consider and review all related findings on the deaths and table its report within 9-0 days,” reads the motion to be tabled.
“We read malice or incompetence in investigations into these mysterious deaths when the government pathologist says the cause of death is unknown. So far the government has not released the results of what killed the three prominent persons and the unknown cause of deaths has to be known,” said Obura.
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To curb cases of intruding into the family’s privacy, Obura said they will ask the bereaved family whether it accepts the committee to conduct thorough investigations into the government pathologist’s unestablished findings of the cause of death and compel him to make the results public.
“The established Select Committee will be summoning various government officers including the CID, the government pathologist among other furnish it with the needed information in its investigations and inquiries,” said Obura.
The 15-member Select Committee upon the House’s approval for its formation will be chaired by Hon. Ken Obura, Hon. Soipan Tuya (Narok MP) while other committee members include Hon. Ababu Namwamba (Budalang’i), Hon. Adan Keynan (Eldas), Hon. Aisha Juma (Kilifi MP), Hon Bare Shill (Fafi), Hon. Charles Mong’are (North Mugirango), Hon. Florence Kajuju (Meru MP), Hon. Jared Opiyo (Awendo), Hon. Dennis Waweru (Dagoretti South), Hon. Mary Emaase (Teso South), Hon. Michael Kisoi (Mbooni), Hon. Sabina Chege (Murang’a MP), Hon. Samuel Chepkong’a (Ainapkoi), and Hon. Robert Pukose (Endebes)
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