Saturday, 27 December 2014

Mudavadi warns Jubilee against 'abusing' its tyranny of numbers

By Eric lungai

Amani Coalition leader Musalia Mudavadi has warned the Jubilee government against using its numbers in Parliament to enact unconstitutional laws.
Mudavadi said the Government has failed to consult Kenyans on matters relating to country’s future such as security and devolution. He tore into Jubilee administration for abusing its majority to approve draconian laws.
“The Constitution says we must have a participatory process in making laws that will touch on the good of all Kenyans. What the Jubilee administration did recently while passing the security laws was not constitutional,” said Mudavadi.
He spoke Friday at Mbale grounds during the Maragoli cultural festival, that was attended by area Governor Moses Akaranga, MPs Emmanuel Wangwe (Navakholo), Charles Gimose (Hamisi), Alfred Agoi (Sabatia), Bernard Shinali (Ikolomani), and Dan Wanyama (Webuye west) among other leaders. The festival attracted hundreds of residents from the region for the 34th celebrations.
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He said the laws being made now are for Kenyans and not just for the government of the day.  Mudavadi noted that although the fight against terrorism should be escalated by the government, there were correct procedures which if well followed, could yield better results.
“What we witnessed in Parliament the other day as the MPs fought each other and the Bill was passed hastily in confusion, is not the correct way for the country to go. We need to follow what the Constitution says. This includes consultation with the people on important matters,” he said.
He noted that there was still room for MPs to amend the law assented to by President Uhuru Kenyatta last Friday adding that he would rally leaders to make the amendments.
During the Maragoli Cultural Festival, calls for unity of the region dominated with emphasis on forgotten cultural practices.
“Many hotels at the coast were closed because of insecurity and many people are losing their jobs every day. We need to make our cultures attractable to others so that our people can also benefit,” Agoi said adding that centres of cultural excellence should be constructed in the region to help preserve culture.
Akaranga said the county had set aside some Sh17 million to start several cultural centres in the county.

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