PM Raila faults Mps for allowing party hopping
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Prime Minister Raila Odinga has faulted his parliamentary colleagues for tempering with the Political Parties Act, to allow party hopping, contrary to the wishes of Kenyans.
He censored the legislators for amending the act to allow political indiscipline which was put to an end under section 103 and 14 of the new constitution.
The Premier expressed fears that the move was meant to subvert the democratic will of the electorates and criticized the Members of parliament for pursuing selfish interests at the expense of other Kenyans.
“My position is that neither the executive nor our citizen should allow these Maneuvers to subvert the will of Kenyans,” he said.
Odinga who was addressing his first press conference since his return from an official trip in Russia also rejected the amendments on the educational qualification parliament had set for those aspiring for political office.
He said the amendment that parliamentary aspirants must at least hold a university degree in the coming polls were unreasonable arguing that only less than 2% of Kenyans met the requirement.
The premier said university education was limited to a few scholars until recently and insisted that the secondary qualification remains the minimum qualification to open up room for an inclusive and competitive politics.
He told Kenyans to stand firm and protect their constitution claiming that the “enemies of the document had embarked on doing what was done to the independence constitution of 1963.”
Odinga regretted that the Lancaster constitution was mutilated beyond recognition because the amendments made the law incapable of holding the nation together.
“The country cannot turn around on the people it was unable to provide with education and punish them for lacking the qualification,” He said.
But Odinga challenged the proponents of the amendments to address issues related to integrity and ethics if they seriously wanted to inculcate good leadership in national politics.
“We should all hope that the intended Leadership and integrity Bill will genuinely attend to the issue which is more critical than the issue of education,” he said.
The Premier who was away when the controversial amendments were undertaken on the floor of the house jetted back into the country yesterday, after a four days state visit in Moscow.
He said visit was fruitful as Russian president Vladimir Putin ratified a bilateral Air traffic deal that will allow the Kenya airways and the Aeroflot of Russia make direct flights between the two nations.
Odinga also announced plans to woo Russian companies to invest in the local energy sector.