Bring it on, Karua party tells rivals

March 26, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26 – Narc Kenya has dared six Members of Parliament (MP) threatening to move a Motion of no confidence against Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Martha Karua to go ahead.

Party Secretary General Danson Mungatana said on Thursday that there was no justification for the censure Motion, arguing that Ms Karua had performed her duties to satisfaction.

"If you touch Martha you touch the people of Kenya. We have enough good people in Parliament to ensure the Motion fails," Mr Mungatana stated.

Speaking at the party headquarters, he said those pushing for the Motion were fighting the Justice Minister due to her tough stand against corruption.

Mr Mungatana said corruption was fighting back and Narc Kenya was aware that the money gotten from the maize and oil scandals was being used to silence the voice of anti-corruption in the country.

The Secretary General said: "We know that the loud leaders against Karua have been bought for Hummers and one such unmarked vehicle was seen in Kamukunji constituency on Wednesday."

On Wednesday, legislators lead by Kamukunji’s Simon Mbugua stated that they were considering a Motion of no confidence against the Minister, claiming that she has failed in her duties.

Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny said Ms Karua’s track record in government has been tainted and she should step aside to allow for investigations.

"She is the one who advised President Mwai Kibaki to endorse the Kivuitu team and in the case of the Artur brothers, she has been sitting on the evidence," Mr Kutuny accused, further pointing out other alleged incidences of her ineffectiveness.

"It is the same in the Anglo-leasing fiasco whereby they stopped because Martha Karua failed to forward the needed evidence."

Should the motion be brought before Parliament, Ms Karua would join the list of Ministers whose integrity has been questioned by Parliament.

Trade Minister Amos Kimunya was forced to resign as Finance Minister in 2008 after Parliament passed a censure Motion against him courtesy of Ikolomani’s Bonny Khalwale over the secret sale of the Grand Regency Hotel.

One against Agriculture Minister William Ruto also initiated by Mr Khalwale and supported by Ms Karua, over the illegal sale of maize at the start of the year was  however defeated.


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