MP calls on cohesion body to be vigilant on warmongers

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 00:00 |
National Assembly’s Administration and National Security committee chair MP Paul Koinange Photo/PD/FILE

Parliamentary Administration and National Security committee chairman Paul Koinange has told the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) to be extra-vigilant in order to contain political warmongers and inciters.

He said the Prof Samuel Kobia-led commission should move into action to apprehend and prosecute politicians who utters inciting words or sows seeds of discord among various communities in any part of the country..

The chairman said that his committee had marked Marsabit, Narok and some parts of the North and South Rift as hot spot areas where leaders are mischievously using coded languages to incite communities against each other and told the commission to concentrate it’s activities their.

He said that the government would not seat back and watch as unscrupulous leaders compromises peace and unity of the people who have lived as brothers and sisters for ages.

Singling out Marsabit, he said that the committee had toured the area numerous times and tried to resolve border disputes only for leaders who he did not name to return and whip tribal emotions.

“I urge Kobia to move in swiftly and order the arrest, grilling and prosecution of anyone found guilty of incitement irrespective of their social status.

He should not spare anybody even if it’s me,” he told the media at Karuri Primary School grounds during a peace prayer meeting yesterday.

Koinange who is also the Kiambaa MP challenged governors to consider having dialogues with health workers in order to end the ongoing nurses strike.

He regretted that innocent members of the public continued to suffer because of the strike which would have and can be resolved through sincere dialogues between stakeholders in the health sector.

“Both parties, that is nurses and governors should drop their hardline stances and agree to meet and talk. Most differences are easily ironed out though dialogue,” he said.

Health crisis

He said that unless urgent actions are taken to resolve the health crisis, the matter will be worse if doctors make true their threats to also down their tools.

A spot check by PD established that almost all health facilities in Kiambu West are virtually non-operational with 10s of desperate patients scattered around the same.

Kiambu nurses spokesperson Benson Kamau urged people whose patients are hospitalised at the Kiambu Level 5 hospital to transfer them to private hospitals.

“Health service is about service provision and all of us are on strike hence no services. Patients should not bother seeking services from government facilities because there’s none,” he said.

Area governor James Nyoro maintains that the health crisis is an external affairs beyond his government’s control blaming the same on the Exchequer.

On popularising Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), Koinange urged Kenyans and particularly those living in populous regions particularly in the Rift Valley and Mt Kenya to give it unreserved support saying that they will immensely benefit from it.

He said that the initiative will ensure that the country will never encounter post election crisis as has been the case in the past noting that the document has laid down a clear inclusivity road map.

‘There will also be the implementation of the one man- one vote- one shilling besides the allocation of 35 per cent of the national budget to counties which will give devolution it’s true value,’ said the chairman.

Koinange who is the Mt Kenya BBI caucus chairman expresses the hope that people from the region will turn out in large numbers and vote in favour of the constitutional amendment via a referendum slated for June next year.

“President Uhuru Kenyatta is not politically myopic to ask us to support the document. It’s the only thing which holds the future of the country where tribalism will be a thing of the past,” he said.

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