'Occupyparliament was unconstitutional'
18 June 2013, 15:38
Malindi Civil Society has distanced itself from Kenya’s Civil Society Organizations that staged the Occupy Parliament demonstration recently claiming it was not done according to the constitution.
The spokesman of Malindi Responsible Citizenry (MRECI) civil society Willy Mwangi in a statement sent to the media questioning the manner in which the demonstration was conducted.
No justification to call MPs names
He said that there was no justification at all for the civil societies to call MPs names to the extent of using animals.
"There are other means we can use to engage these people but not going out calling them names which is against the constitution," Mwangi lamented.
“We condemn the manner in which demonstrators portrayed MPs by associating them with animals,” he noted.
Constructively engage leaders
He said there was need for all civil society groups in the country to be constructively engaging leaders instead of confrontation which always paints a bad picture of them.
Mwangi noted that no one can claim to be protecting the constitution, Chapter One article 3(1) of the constitution of Kenya, through actions that may compromise honor of the Nation and dignity of the offices as stipulated in Chapter Six Article 73(1)(a)(iii) of the constitution of Kenya.
He reminded MPs that the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) is there to stay under chapter 15 Article 248(1),(2)(h) and that any attempt to disband or curtail its function undermines objective and authority of the commission enshrined in the constitution of Kenya under Chapter 249(1(a),(b) and (c).
“We urge our fellow citizens, leaders and the civil societies in this country to respect each other and the institutions protected by the constitution and reasonably engage in respect for one another for the interest of our beloved nation," he urged.
Mwangi also advised Kenyans to familiarize themselves with Constitution so that they can protect and defend it for the sake of the future generations because it bonds the nation together.
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