, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 10 – Members of Parliament on Tuesday paid glowing tribute to the late Kabete MP George Muchai who was gunned down early Saturday referring to him as a ‘bold man’ and a champion for social justice.
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi led the legislators who resumed sittings after the Christmas break in observing a minute’s silence in honour of their fallen colleague, his two bodyguards and driver.
Muturi said it was difficult to comprehend the loss of Muchai in such a dastardly way and called on security agencies to move with speed and bring the killers to book.
MPs David Ochieng (Ugenya), Florence Kajuju (Meru County Woman Representative), Clement Wambugu (Mathioya) and Wafula Wamunyinyi (Kanduyi) were among others who described Muchai as a nationalist who often put the interests of the nation ahead of political and personal interests.
“I knew Muchai as a refined MP and trade unionist. This is a sad loss for the country and his family,” Wamunyinyi told the House.
“Even though Muchai came from Central Province, he dressed like a Luo and acted like a Luo, he had a good heart. Even during the chaotic sitting last year you could not tell which side of the debate he was on, He was among those who tried to get a common ground,” Ochieng said.
House Majority Leader Aden Duale and National Security Committee Chairman Asman Kamama asked the government to bring to book those behind the murder of Muchai, who was also the Central Organisation of Trade Unions Deputy Secretary-General.
“When I joined the House in 2008, Hon. Mugabe Were was killed by thugs and it is only today that those three thugs were sentenced to death. I hope those who took away Hon Muchai, his two bodyguards and driver will also be made to pay; his life will not be in vain,” Duale said.
Kamama added: “We have talked to the Interior CS and we have agreed that the police officers who are assigned VIP protection must undergo elite refresher courses offered at Ruiru so that those guarding us can be an elite commando group who can take care of our security.”
“I was among the first MPs on the scene on the fateful morning and what I saw I have no doubt that this was an assassination, the police must tell us what happened,” Kipipiri MP Samuel Gichagi said in his tribute.
Kiharu MP Irungu Kanga’ta proposed the creation of a Parliamentary Police Unit to offer VIP protection to MPs.
Narok South MP Patrick ole Ntutu suggested formation of a House Select Committee to probe the death of the Kabete MP while Kajiado North MP Moses ole Sakuda said the MPs should be provided with armoured vehicles.
The lawmaker, together with his two bodyguards and driver were shot dead by an assailant at Kenyatta Avenue-Uhuru Highway roundabout.
Kwale County Woman Representative Zainab Chidzuga and Lunga-Lunga MP Khatib Mwashetani called for regular retraining course for police officers who provide VIP protection noting that most are misused doing briefs they are not supposed to handle.
“I want to plead with my colleagues that they must also allow those who guard us time to rest, look at the time those young officers met their death, it was an hour they should have been asleep at their home with their families,” Chidzuga stated.