Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga’s men have taken the battle to Uhuru’s doorstep in the attest sign that all is not well in the handshake.
In a bold statement issued at Parliament buildings and which the lawmakers asserted is the official position of Raila Odinga- led ODM party, several MPs warned the Jubilee administration and powerful state individuals that they will not be muzzled.
The statement given by MPs TJ Kajwang’ (Ruaraka), Anthony Oluoch (Mathare), and Kwale Woman Representative Zuleikha Hassan on Thursday read in part that “If you think that just because we share a political philosophy then you think we can be muzzled. I can tell you that we are the voice of the people. We will criticize what is wrong when we are at the back of front benches.”
The MPs faulted the Jubilee administration for the heartless demolitions carried out in Mwiki over the last few days which they linked to a powerful family with so much land but still keen on grabbing the land that housed 5000 families.
“You are a big person and you have got so much (land) and you come for the little folks and demolish their houses in the cruelest manner,” Kajwang’ said without mentioning names.
“We know that this demolition was ordered by very powerful people in the Interior ministry. To the extent that it was executed by police officers, it means that order was given by people at Harambee house,” he added.
The Ruaraka MP demanded to know who owns the land in question even as he maintained that due process was not followed with the occupants ambushed without eviction notice.
“This is public land inhabited by these people for a long time. As a lawyer, there is something we call adverse possession. This country is coming from a colonial-era and a period where people enriched themselves unjustly.”
“We want to know who exactly owns this land, why evictions became necessary at this difficult time, and why the people were not given the notice to move out.”