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MPs urge Raila, Uhuru to keep differences aside

24 June 2014, 09:19 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The National Assembly’s Young Parliamentarians have called on both President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to put aside their political differences and amicably look into the challenges facing the nation.

The more than five legislators led by ODM nominated MP, Isaac Mwaura said political leaders should rise beyond tribe, personal interests and differences for every citizen to enjoy the fought for fruits of independence.

“We, as young parliamentarians, we call upon the President and CORD leader Raila Odinga to put the country first. If there is dialogue, let them talk to reduce hatred along ethnic lines by citizens and elected leaders,” said Mwaura.

“Let us also rise above personalities of Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga to protect our country from ethnic and political divisions,” he challenged citizens.

Mwaura faulted President Kenyatta’s recent statement that the Mpeketoni terror attack was politically motivated, and noted that such claims from the Head of State do not seriously address and resolve the country’s current insecurity situation.  

“It is not Odinga who was sworn in to protect Kenyans and for any shed blood, President Kenyatta is the one responsible. Our borders should be well secured so that we don’t hear of any attack before the end of World Cup,” said Mwaura.

He told the Interior CS, Joseph Ole Lenku to take immediate action on any security alert from National Intelligence Service and any security agency to avoid the unproven blame game on individuals.

Cherengani MP, Wesley Korir said the nation’s insecurity situation should not be blamed on anyone along political and tribal line.

“Insecurity blame game on political parties gives terrorists or our enemy advantage to attack. Kavuludi should suspend the ongoing police vetting until the security structure is put in place,” said Korir.

He held that CORD rallies should go on if the government refuses to hold dialogue with opposition on problems facing the country but warned leaders against incitement remarks that may tear the nation apart.

Garissa County MP, Hussein Shukran said President Kenyatta should come out clearly and address the insecurity situation in the country for the safety of citizens and investors other than politicising it.

“The President should keenly look into our security system and take appropriate action. Our security system has not failed us once or twice and the President should approach it where the officers have failed,” said Shukran.

She also noted that Parliament will table censure motions against topmost security officers including the Inspector General of Police, David Kimaiyo, National Intelligence Service boss, Michael Gichangi and the CID Director, Ndegwa Muhoro among others for failing to combat insecurity.

Other MPs present at the press conference were Makueni MP, Daniel Maanzo his counterpart Mbooni MP, Kisoi Munyao.

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