Kapenguria MP Samuel Moroto has castigated the government after three Senators who are opposed to the Third Basis for Revenue Allocation to Counties were arrested on Monday. The Senators, Kakamega’s Cleophas Malala, Bomet’s Christopher Langat and Samburu’s Steve Lelegwe were arrested on Monday on separate occasions, moments before the Senate Special Sitting to debate the allocation formula. Malala was ferried to Mumias from Nairobi and was released on Tuesday.
The Kapenguria MP said that it was a bad show for the government to arrest the Senators, contravening their constitutional right in the process.
Moroto reiterated that the arrest of the three senators shows the government has failed.
“It was wrong for the police to cut off water and electricity at Senator Cleophas Malala’s home. Unless someone has a criminal case he or she should not be intimidated,” he said, adding that Interior CS Fred Matiang’i ignored a Senate summon on the basis that he was on leave yet he had another engagement with boda boda riders.
“We don’t want to go back to the dark days of a one party state where KANU used to target those opposing the government,” he stated.
Speaking to the press in Kapenguria, the legislator said that the government should use dialogue and other amicable ways of solving the revenue allocation impasse.
He called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene in the matter and not allow other elements to tarnish his government.