Wetang'ula woes self-inflicted, MPs say
26 October 2015, 09:53
Nairobi - Two Members of Parliament from Trans-Nzoia County have told off opposition leaders who claim that Jubilee government is behind the woes facing Bungoma Senator, Moses Wetang'ula.
The legislators, Robert Pukose (Endebess) and Janet Nangabo (Women Representative) said the government has no scheme to dim the political star of the Ford Kenya Party leader.
Senate speaker Ekwe Ethuro on Friday gazetted court findings that Wetang'ula bribed voters in the last polls, a move that may see the Cord Co-principal blocked from contesting in the coming elections.
The speaker's action, which paves the way for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissions to de-register Wetang'ula as a voter, has sparked a storm with Cord leaders claiming that the government wants to scuttle the opposition.
But speaking over the weekend during a fundraising in Endebess, the two leaders exonerated Jubilee from blame, noting that the troubles facing the senate minority leader are 'self-inflicted.'
"Wetang'ula himself went to the Supreme Court himself to clear his name over bribery allegations during the March 4, 2013 elections. He should respect the court's decision, his supporters should not politicize the matter by blaming Jubilee," said Dr Pukose.
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He said leaders aligned to Cord using Jubilee as a scapegoat, noting that they should tell their supporters the chronology of events that led to the current predicament that Wetang'ula is in.
"They should stop misleading Kenyans. Wetang'ula should carry his own cross and respect the judicial process," he said, and clarified that the senator was not in any way a threat to the government.
"We have had claims that the government is using the case to make inroads in Western Kenya and weaken the opposition. It should be known that Jubilee has already made inroads in the region and has considerable support," affirmed Pukose.
Nangabo appealed to her colleagues to stop politicizing the issue facing Wetang'ula and trading blame, warning that the matter is bound to divide communities in Western region.
"Jubilee did not take our brother to court; he went there himself. The outcome of Wetang'ula's woes is purely the result of a court process. It is very unfair to drag the feet of the Jubilee government in this matter," said Nangabo.
"We leaders allied to Jubilee from Western Kenya will not allow this matter to be used to divide our people," she added at the function which was meant to raise funds for ailing Trans-Nzoia political activist Jenepher Masis, who is admitted at a hospital in New Delhi, India.
KES 1.8 Million was collected during the fundraising that was held at the Endebess Sub-County Headquarters grounds, with Deputy President William Ruto sending a personal donation of KES 300 000.
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