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Wamalwa: Jubilee govt has misplaced priorities

11 July 2013, 13:05

Political parties Act 2011 should be amended to allow Members of parliament to support motions and ideologies of other parties without fear of censorship by their sponsoring parties, Nation Assembly Minority Deputy Chief Whip Dr. Chris Wamalwa said.

Speaking recently in Kitale, Wamalwa said that majority of MPs allied to president Uhuru Kenyatta‘s party fear being punished by their parties if they support Bills and amendments drafted by opposition side.

“We don’t want MPs to neglect their mandate bestowed to them by Kenyans by following their parties’ wishes which are sometimes not supported by people,” he said.

Citing the recent attempt by Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo to reduce the amount allocated for the purchase of laptops for pupils joining class one next year, Wamalwa said Kenyans might  lose immensely if MPs continue turnng down Bills favouring the poor for fear of going against their party interests.

Wamalwa who is also MP for Kiminini further pointed out that teachers ought to have been given money meant for purchase of laptops for them to end the strike that enters week three adding that Cord members were behind teachers and the government has to stop intimidating them.

He said the government was not listening to the people as majority of Kenyans want teachers to be given first priority.

“The Jubilee government has many misplaced priorities, they must listen to the people first before deciding on the project to embark on,” he said adding that Cord members have people's interests at heart.

Concerning the controversial VAT Bill 2013, Wamalwa said that he will marshal other MPs to shoot down the bill that he said will create more misery to Kenyans.

He however lauded the proposed amendments to the Bill saying that more should be done than forcing the unfriendly package that was rejected last year by eleventh parliament.

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