NAIROBI, Kenya, May 15 – Boniface Mwangi and other organisers Tuesday’s ‘piggy’ business outside Parliament would have unleashed 349 pigs to push their agenda if they had enough money to buy them.
An unapologetic Mwangi told Capital FM News on Wednesday that the group’s pockets did not run deep enough to enable them purchase pigs equal to the number of Members of the National Assembly.
“I am happy Members of Parliament are offended because as a Kenyan tax payer I’m offended by their courage to ask for more money. They have no shame!” he charged.
“They are very lucky we ran out of pigs. If it was possible we would have had 349 pigs but we didn’t have enough money for all those pigs.”
Mwangi added that Kenyans should be angered by the pay hike demands by Members of Parliament and put aside the pigs’ fate for a minute.
He argued that the pigs belonged to Parliament and he did not know what had happened to them after they were rounded up by law enforcers.
“They were our gift to MPs and you saw that they were in good company outside Parliament. In fact when the cops tried to shoo them away, they would always go back because that is where they belonged. They could smell their fellow pigs,” he retorted.
Animal rights crusaders were however up in arms with the activists accusing them of ‘molesting’ the animals further observing that they could have used placards with pigs’ images.
Africa Network for Animal Welfare Chief Executive Officer Josphat Ngonyo said the group would sue the demonstrators for their actions because the pigs deserved better treatment.
“Bringing pigs in such a state and exposing them to blood where they are harassed and molested was unacceptable,” he said.
Mwangi however rubbished the concerns maintaining that none of the piglets and boar were slaughtered.
He explained that the pigs were treated with utmost care from the slaughterhouse to the drop off point.
“If they (animal rights activists) are accusing us of mistreating the pigs, what about the manner in which the country is being treated by the M-pigs? Kenyans should focus more on the M-pigs,” he retorted.
He further urged Kenyans to defend the Constitution by moving their battle for change and reforms from Twitter and Facebook.
“Let’s not get swallowed by the pigs and forget the key message… Members of Parliament don’t deserve more money. Kenyans are very comfortable but I wish all the noise on Facebook and Twitter went offline and came to the streets,” he argued.
He further accused police of using unnecessary force to quell the demonstrations by using teargas and violence.
Muslim MPs led by Isiolo County Women Representative Tiyah Galgalo have at the same time demanded an apology from the civil society saying the use of pigs was ‘blasphemous’ to their faith.
“We are dismayed by the manner in which civil society behaved yesterday during the demonstrations. They brought pigs to the gates of Parliament and as if that was not enough they scribbled the names of Muslim MPs on the pigs,” she said.
Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo separately said that he had instructed his officers to prosecute organisers of the demonstration.