, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 25 –Orange Democratic Movement MPs have scoffed at the directive by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery calling for investigations on Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama over remarks he made during Wednesday’s Uhuru Park rally.
In a statement read out by Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire, the MPs accused the government of favouritism in the dispensation of Justice stating that they will not be intimidated.
In his address which has sparked mixed reactions, Muthama linked Devolution Cabinet Secretary Ann Waiguru to corruption while also questioning why she was still in government.
“We did not see this mobilization of MPs in support of Ngilu, Kamau or Felix Koskei. They were simply shoved aside and Jubilee MPs praised the President for it,” said Bosire.
The Mps said they will stand by Muthama despite the disparaging remarks he made stating that he “simply expressed the opinion of many Kenyans who are keen to know who is responsible for the loss of money.”
Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale welcomed the investigating bodies to analyse the speeches from the Wednesday rally saying Jubilee should concentrate on the message and not how it was delivered, further reiterating that they will not be intimidated.
“Let the authorities analyse our speeches, after all the rally was broadcast live. Jubilee should direct their minds on what Muthama said and not how he said it,” said Khalwale, insisting that “Muthama was exercising his constitutional right on freedom of expression and should not be punished for it.”
While issuing the directive that Muthama records a statement, Nkaissery acknowledged that every Kenya had a right to express their opinion but must do so “within set limits to ensure the privilege was not abused.”
They said their contribution to resolving the teachers pay standoff was in proposing amendments to the appropriations Act to adjust monies from non-priority areas in the 2015/16 annual budget, adding that the Bill would be ready for tabling when Parliament resumes next week on Tuesday.
According to Party chairman John Mbadi who has been tasked with moving the motion, they will be proposing budget cuts to various sectors among them slashing of operation maintenance by 10 percent, deduction of Sh10 billion from the laptop project and the National Youth Service and a raid on IFMIS to resolve the teachers pay stalemate.