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Senator wants Muthama punished for incitement

28 May 2014, 19:52 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The National Alliance’s (TNA) nominated senator, Beth Mugo has called on Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to order prosecution of Machakos Senator, Johnstone Muthama for allegedly making incitement utterances to destabilize the government during the recent Cord’s Political rallies.

Mugo said Muthama’s utterances reveals Cord’s plan to ascend to power through unconstitutional means of the 2007/8 post-election violence that claimed over 1 000 lives and left thousands of people displaced.

“I would like to ask the Director of Public Prosecutions to charge Senator Muthama for that speech and incitement,” said Mugo.

“At this time I also urge the Prosecutor of the ICC to be on alert because what is happening is a complete replica of what happened since year 2006 ahead of the 2007 elections where Kenyans were incited way ahead of the elections through similar ODM gatherings all over the country where the same people said that if they did not win the elections at that time, this country would be ungovernable. We do not want to see a repeat of the same,” she warned.

Mugo challenged the opposition to involve in constructive ideas instead of “noise making and using abusive language” to the institutions of leadership including the presidency.

She noted that fight against terrorism is draining the country’s resources and slowing down development because of Al-Shabaab infiltration due to mismanagement of the immigration department in the last government where criminals acquired identity cards and citizenship through corruption.

“The government has proved to be progressive in the fight against terrorism. Unfortunately every time the government comes up with programmes to improve the lives of Kenyans, the same people in the opposition keep on putting road blocks along the way,” said Mugo.

The nominated TNA senator alleged that Western countries have a hand in the economic deterioration of the country by working secretly with Cord to frustrate the Jubilee government especially with the issuance of travelling advisories to their citizens and over-coverage of the recent universities strike in their dailies.

Mugo held that the Inspect General should have maintained his ban of political rallies due to the insecurity situation in the country and added that despite Cord insisting the homecoming rally of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga will be peaceful, it is clear that all ODM rallies end up in chaos as witnessed during the aborted party elections at Kasarani.

However, the Dagoretti South MP, Dennis Kariuki faulted Mugo’s proposal for Inspector General to lift the political rallies ban stating that the opposition should be allowed to welcome Odinga since “they will go home and rest.”

“The opposition should go on with their planned rally to welcome Raila Odinga but wait for elections in 2017 where numbers do not lie in electing the president instead of causing political instability and incitement. Three years is not long and they should allow Jubilee to deliver its promises,” said Kariuki.

The two legislators were speaking to the press at Parliament Buildings in response to the IG’s decision to reverse the banned political rallies.

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